Applicants are invited to submit their applications for the Goethe Institut Upcycling Competition 2021 by 15th September 2021.
About the Organization

The Goethe-Institut is a non-profit German cultural affiliation operational worldwide with 159 institutes, promoting the research of the German language overseas and inspiring worldwide cultural exchange and relations.

Around 246,000 individuals participate in these German programs per year. The Goethe-Institut fosters knowledge about Germany by offering information on German tradition, society, and politics.

Goethe Institut Upcycling Competition 2021

The Goethe-Instituts within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region help the artistic exploration of the subject of upcycling and wish to contribute to sustainability by various measures. We are subsequently launching this Goethe-Upcycling Call for concepts.

The theme for this year’s World Library and Information Congress is “Working together for the future”. We know that collaboration breeds innovation. Many great innovations have come from linking current concepts. Libraries create analog and digital areas that convey artistic individuals collectively to work on the challenges going through our societies and discover options collectively. Two of those challenges are Sustainable Living and Generating Revenue for Startups within the Cultural and Creative Industries. Our Upcycling workshop goals are to deal with these two themes.

Upcycling (“up” and Recycling / “Reuse”) is the method of remodeling waste or (apparently) ineffective supplies into products of new value. In distinction to downcycling, this type of recycling ends in the restoration of materials. By reusing and changing used materials, uncommon and every day will be creatively redesigned and thus upgraded or introduced into a distinct context

How It Works:

  • There aren’t any restrictions on theme or content. The focus is on the theme of upcycling and the artistic process. The new objects or library or group tasks to be designed can serve a sensible and/or purely inventive purpose. Mostly recycled materials and just a few new materials should be used.
  • A Jury consisting of representatives from the field of upcycling, cultural, and inventive industries, amongst others, will choose the 8 best concepts, the realization of which shall be financially supported with 1.000 Euros.
  • The presentation of the submissions and the winners will be carried out digitally, subject to Corona. Most of the two task ideas can be submitted per participant.
  • Open to all artistic individuals, Librarians, Craftsmen, Artists, Designers, and anybody who has a good idea that meets the competition standards.
How to take part?

To apply, individuals are invited to submit the next documents:

  • A presentation poster with photos, drawings, collages of the object, or a description of the upcycling project…).
  • Simplified curriculum vitae, if needed with different work in PDF
  • Cost estimate for the creation of the article or the realization of the project
  • A press release/description of the article/venture with text and video
  • Applications should be submitted in digital form only. By submitting your application, you give the Goethe-Institut permission to publish all entries on its websites and social media. (All individuals mechanically comply with this rule when submitting.)

The deadline for submissions is the 15th of September 2021.

Click here to view the official notification for the Goethe Institut Upcycling Competition 2021.

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