Call for Submissions (music, poetry, art, multimedia) on Re-Imagining Democracy, deadline 2 August, Civicus

2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: ‘Through Arts and Imagination’

Re-Imagining Democracy: in search of silenced voices

Call for Submissions

Johannesburg, 3 July 2018 – What does democracy mean to you? How are youth in your community putting democracy into action? What do you see as threats to democracy today? What does your ideal democracy look like?

https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/news/3254-2018-international-youth-day-through-arts-and-imagination

‘Through Arts and Imagination’ is a global contest seeking bold and original creative arts submissions – music, poetry, art, multimedia – that present youth perspectives on Re-imagining Democracy.  To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2018, the Youth Working Group at CIVICUS,  a global civil society alliance, would like to create space for the voices of silenced youth to be heard.  CIVICUS wants to provide an opportunity for youth to express a vision of democracy reimagined. You will not only get the chance to make your voice heard by a global audience, but you will also get a chance to help a cause of your choice!

“In a world in which our democracy and fundamental freedoms are under increasing threat, a world where the voices of young people are silenced and marginalised, we believe that it is up to this generation to re-imagine the democracy we want to live in,” said Elisa Novoa, of the CIVICUS Youth Working Group.

The Symposium hopes to showcase pieces that present what democracy means to you – what it looks like and feels like in everyday life.  We want to see that democracy is about more than just putting a ballot in a box, but instead involves actions such as: organizing, thinking and writing, working alongside others, protesting, expressing solidarity, being part of a community, and engaging locally. You are also welcome to submit your ideas and dreams about a democracy that is true to its name – ‘rule by the people’ – and how you imagine it would play out in your community.

What are we looking for?

The Youth Day Creative Symposium has three submission categories:

  • Written arts: poems, short stories, essays (500 words max.)
  • Visual arts: drawings, cartoons, paintings, photography, collages
  • Multimedia arts: short films (2 min max), songs

The submission must relate to the overall theme of Re-Imagining Democracy. Submissions should present your views and feelings on the current state of democracy and your views, as a young person, on rethinking and rebuilding it.

Your submission should relate to one of the following sub-themes:

  • Diversity- We are One! Art that celebrate, feature and empower people of many different intersectional identities (gender, race, sexuality, age, ethnicity, nationality, etc.)
  • Culture and society – Breaking Barriers for all! Art that showcases intercultural-interreligious integration and “decoloniality
  • Economic justice. Art that speaks to  solidarity economies, democratisation of labour, youth social entrepreneurship and just transition
  • Democratisation of education Art that shares a message around access to education, different modes of learning, active participation and dialogue, education of multiple historical narratives
  • Silenced/unsilenced youth – Hear my voice! The experience of driving a rights-based agenda: organising, speaking up, mobilising.

Are you Eligible?

In order to submit a piece in this contest participants and submissions must fulfill the criteria below:

  • Creators must be 30 and under by 12 August 2018
  • Submissions must respect the deadline (27 July, 2018)
  • Only one submission per person
  • Original content that hasn’t previously been published
  • Agreement with the Youth Day Symposium Terms and Conditions[1]  and CIVICUS event principles[2] 
  • Submission in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

What’s in it for you?

  1. The top 15 submissions will be promoted on the CIVICUS social media pages.
  2. One-day workshop run by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation to support participants in their work to share powerful messages through creative mediums on Friday 10 August in online[1] for the top 15 submissions.
  3. Cash prize and free CIVICUS voting membership to the organisations that the top 3 symposium participants chose to donate their prize to.[2]
    • 1st place: 300$US
  4. Publication of the best (3) submission in the 2018 State of Civil Society Report.

How to submit?

Please submit your application by filling in this form: https://www.civicus.org/index.php/international-youth-day-symposium. The deadline for submissions is 27th July 2018.  For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at youth@civicus.org

How will your submission be evaluated?

  • Creativity: The submission is created based on an original idea and the participant has showed the use of their imagination and has created something unique.
  • Authenticity: The submission is reflective of the participant’s experience, a true lived experience, or a vision of potential experience. The piece is grounded in the reality of the topic of reimagining democracy as they understand it and creatively interpret it.
  • Connection to the theme: The submission directly relates to one of the presented sub-themes and explores and relevant and pertinent issue within that sub-theme.
  • Connection to struggle & contributions to community: The submission reflects a relevant challenge that is faced by youth based on the themes. It tells a story of an initiative creating a positive outcome for a community.
  • Youth perspective: The submission presents and considers the youth voice and experience.

*Consideration will be given to ensure gender, ethnic and religious diversity of contestants.


[1] 2018 Creative Symposium partners might be able to provide a physical space to run this workshop in their cities.

[2] Participants will select in their registration form an organisation contributing towards the solution of their selected cause to donate their prize if their poem, song or short story is selected in the top 3.

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Call for submissions: Africa–China Photo Exhibition 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Africa–China Photo Exhibition 2018

http://africachinareporting.co.za/category/opportunities/

The Project will include selected images in an Africa-China Photo Exhibition and make them publicly available under a Creative Commons license, giving full credit to the image owners at all times. The Project will also select the best two images in the exhibition and give the following awards:

  • First place: US$1,000 grant to write an accompanying story of the image as well as a fully paid trip to the Project’s Africa-China Journalists Forum in Johannesburg on 1 November 2018, along with the option to do one of the opening speaking slots
  • Second place: US$1,000 grant to write the accompanying story of the image

See below for requirements and how to apply…

 

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East Africa Photo Competition, Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda, FES, Canon

Deadline: AUGUST 01, 2018

Visual storytellers in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda can compete for an award.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU), in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Canon Central and North Africa, is seeking entries for the East African Photography Award.

The contest accepts published and unpublished photographs. Images must have been taken between Aug. 1, 2016 and Aug. 1, 2018.

The overall winner will receive a a Canon 80D with an EF 18-135mm lens and her or his work will be exhibited in Kampala in October. There will be prizes for the runners-up.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 1.

For more information on how to enter, click here.

Submission Rules & Guidelines…

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Anti-Corruption Youth Music Competition, TI & JM

FAIR PLAY Music Competition

We are delighted to announce that Transparency International and JM International have launched the FAIR PLAY Anti-Corruption Youth Voices Music Competition.

The impact of corruption on our communities cannot be fully conveyed in numbers or reports. To understand how it affects the lives of people, we must listen to their voices

Fair Play is open to original songs by young bands (members must be between 18-35 years old) on the themes of anti-corruption, integrity and fighting for social justice. Bands are invited to enter the competition by submitting their anti-corruption music videos online from now until 1 August 2018 via www.anticorruptionmusic.org.

Two winning bands will come to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) and perform live at a renowned live music venue in Copenhagen.
The winners of FAIR PLAY 2018 will be announced on the Fair Play website in early September 2018.

FAIR PLAY Anti-Corruption Youth Voices Music Competition Contact Details: 
www.anticorruptionmusic.org
www.iaccseries.org

or phone Fair Play directly
+32 2 513 97 74
info@anti-corruptionmusic.org

 

Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Small competition physics math science for teenagers (13-18)

Only a few weeks left to enter the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Don’t miss your chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship.
To enter, create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.
Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible. In addition to awarding a college scholarship to the winner, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will give the winner’s teacher a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school a new $100,000 science lab. The winner also will be invited to an awards ceremony where the prize will be presented in front of superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
Good luck—we can’t wait to see your video!
Onward,
Sal and the Khan Academy Team
P.S. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2018, so don’t wait—enter now!
Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

For nonprofits and social enterprises with game-changing ideas: Google Impact Challenge Kenya

Empowering Kenyans to drive community impact.

The Google Impact Challenge Kenya supports nonprofits and social enterprises with game-changing ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities.

Organizations apply with their most innovative proposals. Finalists get access to Google.org funding, mentorship and resources. Eligible nonprofits and social enterprises are invited to apply by July 4.

 

APPLY TO THE CHALLENGE

 

Applications open for International Development Design Summits, MIT D-Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab will be supporting three summits this year and applications are now open! International Development Design Summits Kenya is July 8 – 22nd and will bring together 36 participants from all over the world to co-create innovative, viable financial products and services that expand access in the low-income space.

What are the International Development Design Summits?

International Development Design Summits (IDDS) are intense, hands-on, community-based design trainings that bring together a diverse group of people to teach them the co-creative design process and how to prototype low-cost technological solutions to improve the livelihoods of people living in poverty.

These summits are programs of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a consortium comprising MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Colorado State University, University California in Davis, KNUST in Ghana, USP in Brazil, and NTBC in Zambia. To learn more, check out their website.

During the summit, participants form teams and collaborate with community partners and other stakeholders to better understand a particular challenge in order to create a solution that fits the local context and constraints. At the end of IDDS, the summit organising team makes resources available to teams that have a promising strategy for implementing their solution.

In moving the technologies from ideas to implementation, they aim to create real ventures, not just business plans. IDDS originally started in 2007 and there have since been 22 summits in 12 different countries, involving 800+ alumni and creating over 100 successful projects / ventures.

Bringing financial inclusion to Kenya

This year is the first time IDDS will be hosted in Kenya. It’s also the first summit in Kenya that is focused on solutions which promote financial inclusion. Kenya is particularly well-suited for this because of its strong entrepreneurial culture, its emerging tech sector and its history of being a leader in financial inclusion.

Even though Kenya has seen impressive progress towards financial inclusion, there is still work to be done as the focus shifts from consumers having access to financial products and services to consumers deriving value from financial products and services.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating, simply complete this application form and submit it by the 15th of February 2018 at 5pm EST. They will select 15 – 40 participants and will notify each applicant on whether or not their application was accepted (soon after).

No matter your background, this summit is for you. Innovation flourishes at the intersections of disciplines – our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. ​If you have any questions, check out the IDDS Kenya website.