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Artistes, musicians called to enter peace competition

Published:Tuesday | August 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
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Paris-based World Citizen Artists (WCA) has made a global call for entries to its 2017/2018 'Compete for Peace, not War' initiative.

Come September 1, artistes and musicians from around the world, will be invited to submit a piece of work to the WCA, which illustrates their interpretation of peace and their hopes for future generations.

In a release sent to The Gleaner, founder of the WCA, Valerie Won Lee, expressed that in a time when the world is facing difficult times, artistes can do a lot to help to unite divided nations. "2016 was a particularly turbulent and dispiriting year for many of us," she expressed. "Our world is facing difficult times and as we continue to overcome growing division, intolerance and injustice, we believe artistes and musicians can play a vital role in unifying divided societies."

The 2017 competition encourages artwork of all forms, including street art, paintings, sculptures, graphic art along with original pieces of music. In order to remove any barriers to participate, in the 'Compete for Peace, Not War' competition, entry is free.

All competition winners will receive international recognition as well as a physical award. The awards will be supported by charities that take a stand for peace, including the Bob Marley Foundation, the Gandhi Foundation, and the Belgravia Gallery, which represents Mandela's artwork.

The award recipients of the three categories in visual arts, photography and music, will be given a bronze statuette and the music award recipient will be granted the opportunity to perform the winning song at the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration in Jamaica at the Bob Marley Museum in 2018.

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Application submissions will open on September 1, 2017, and will close on October 1, 2017. Guidelines and further information will be sent to the registered participants on August 31, 2017. Interested artistes are invited to register on the World Citizen Artists Awards website to learn more about their work and the ethos upon which it is based.

"WCA is always in search of talented artistes who can serve as WCA Ambassadors of Peace," Won Lee said. "People, particularly our youth, are in great need of positive role models. Musicians and artists can speak to and inspire all people regardless of their race, nationality and religion."

World Citizen Artistes, is a worldwide movement and non profit organisation of artistes, creatives, and thinkers, whose aim is to create effective and evolutionary change in the world through events, exchanges, and other opportunities involving the use of art to raise global awareness.