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  • The top 24 entries in the International Reggae Poster Contest are now on display in the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture, at the OAS headquarters.
  • The pieces were selected from among 1,100 entries representing 79 countries, which participated in the second Reggae Poster competition.
  • The poster exhibition focused on the images of the artists from the Americas and draws attention to the importance of posters as an art form.

The top 24 entries in the International Reggae Poster Contest are now on display in the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington, D.C.

This display of artwork was opened to the public on May 22, and the pieces were selected from among 1,100 entries representing 79 countries, which participated in the second Reggae Poster competition.

The exhibition dubbed, ‘Jamaica Time’, attracted a wide cross-section of the diplomatic corps, representatives from various Caribbean organizations, as well as members of the Jamaican and Caribbean community from across the Washington metro area.  The exhibition closes on May 31.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, said the poster exhibition focused on the images of the artists from the Americas and draws attention to the importance of posters as an art form.

“The Embassy of Jamaica along with Jamaica’s Permanent Mission to the OAS is honoured to showcase the talent of so many, particularly from the Americas, who did such excellent art work.  This exhibition will highlight the interest of the people of the region and the world in Jamaican culture, specifically the Jamaican music form of Reggae,” the Ambassador said.

He lauded Mr. Michael Thompson, Founder of the International Reggae Poster contest for this significant step in conceptualizing such an event.

For her part, University of the West Indies (UWI) Literary and Cultural Studies Professor, Carolyn Cooper, said  that,  “this magnificent exhibition of posters at the OAS demonstrates the way in which visual artists from across the world have graphically represented their own localized vision of reggae music.”

She added that the posters created are simultaneously global and local, brilliantly illustrating the theme of the ‘Global Reggae book, which she edited.

Meanwhile, Mr. Thompson told the audience that the competition is designed to celebrate the global achievement of reggae and its positive impact on the world.

He informed that the number of entries received for the competition far exceeded the expectation of the organizers, adding that this shows that Reggae music has touched the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over.

Mr. Thompson said the powerful synergy of Reggae and art presents a positive vision to the world and serves as a platform to launch the Reggae Hall of Fame, which is to be constructed in Jamaica.