International Reggae Poster Contest exhibits Bob Marley posters in Cuba

Posted: 27-Jun-15 13:05

In Havana recently the International Reggae Poster Contest exhibited 36 beautiful and brilliant Bob Marley original poster designs at a symposium. The event was called "Bob Marley: Time Will Tell" and it was held within the historic Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba.

International Reggae Poster Contest exhibits Bob Marley posters in Cuba

Bob Marley is a cultural icon who has been depicted by artists in many different paintings, sculptures, drawings and other media throughout the years.

His likeness was recently the focus of an exhibition in Havana held by the International Reggae Poster Contest.

The event took place at the historic Casa de Las Americas on May 18th and it was part of a larger week long symposium and exhibition on "Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean" that was held from May 18-22.

Bob Marley Art From All Over the World

The winners of the poster competition came from all over the world, including Enrico Varrasso from Sweden and Avi Marciano from the USA. The opening also welcoming plenty of important guests, including Prof. Carolyn Cooper from the University of the West Indies, Prof. Horace Campbell from Syracuse University and Prof. Yolanda Wood who holds the position of Director at the Centre for Caribbean Studies. Also, Prof. Samuel Fure Davis who teaches at the University of Havana and co-founder of VP records Mrs. Patricia Chin were there at the event as well.

Michael Thompson (aka. Freestylee) gave a speech about the contest vision toward a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica. He was the designer of the official Bob Marley Time Will Tell poster and he was available after the opening to sign copies of the postcard. Michael Thompson was born in Kingston, Jamaica and studied graphic design at the Jamaica School of Art. His reggae posters are now on tour in Europe as part of the Reggae Movement Exhibition.

Wendy Guerra from Cuba was the 13th place winner in the contest and she attended the opening with her parents and brother. She was given a huge round of applause by the very excited audience.

After the exhibition has been finished, the posters that were displayed will be placed in the archives of the Casa de las Americas, along with the rest of the rich collection of art, music and literature that comprises the permanent collection.

What is the International Reggae Poster Contest?

The International Reggae Poster Contest, known as the IRPC, is not just a way to celebrate creativity it is also a vehicle to realising the establishment of a Reggae Hall of Fame. This centre devoted to Reggae will be located in Kingston, Jamaica and it will be a monument to the most popular musical culture in Jamaica.


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