Art of Reg­gae’ poster ex­hi­bi­tion in Ni­cosia

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The In­ter­na­tional Reg­gae Poster Con­test (IRPC), an ini­tia­tive de­signed to cel­e­brate the cul­tural di­ver­sity and rich­ness of reg­gae mu­sic, is be­ing ex­hib­ited at a spe­cial event in Ni­cosia un­til the end of the month.

The theme of the con­test, “To­ward a Reg­gae Hall of Fame, Cel­e­brat­ing Great Ja­maican Mu­sic”, em­pha­sises the glob­al­i­sa­tion and per­va­sive­ness of reg­gae and the pos­i­tive im­pact of its mes­sage on the world. The um­brella term “reg­gae” en­com­passes all the popular Ja­maican mu­si­cal gen­res: Ska, Rock­steady, Roots Reg­gae, Dub, Dance­hall and the unique Ja­maican Sound Sys­tem.

The IRPC’s suc­cess is re­flected in the num­ber of posters sub­mit­ted in the two years of ex­is­tence, which in­cludes over 3,000 posters from 101 coun­tries, in­clud­ing three award-win­ners from Cyprus.

The pri­mary rea­son for the poster con­test is to help build a world-class Reg­gae Hall of Fame Mu­seum and Per­for­mance Cen­tre in Kingston, Ja­maica that cel­e­brates the voice, vi­sion and vo­cab­u­lary of Ja­maican popular mu­sic.

The other ob­jec­tive is to help raise aware­ness for the Al­pha Boys’ School, a vo­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion for un­der­priv­i­leged youths, lo­cated in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sis­ters of Mercy. This school is a great Ja­maican suc­cess story, pro­duc­ing some of the most no­table leg­ends in the his­tory of reg­gae. The IRPC is the 12th con­sec­u­tive re­port since the found­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Three Cypriot graphic de­sign­ers where in­cluded among the 100 best posters of 2014: Ge­or­gia Char­alam­bous won 28th place, Maria Agath­ok­leous won 53rd po­si­tion, and Da­rina An­dreyeva re­ceived an hon­orary award.

The ex­hi­bi­tion which is open un­til March 28 at the ex­hi­bi­tion hall of Poli­tis news­pa­per in Ni­cosia, was or­gan­ised with the spon­sor­ship of Pantelis Lep­tos, Vice Chair­man of Lep­tos Group of Com­pa­nies and Hon­orary Con­sul of Ja­maica in Cyprus.

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