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Goethe Upcycling Competition in Sub-saharan Africa

Deadline: September 15th, 2021

The Goethe-Institut is pleased to announce Call for Participation for Goethe Upcycling Competition in the Sub-Saharan Africa Region that aims to support the creative exploration of the topic of upcycling and want to contribute to sustainability through various measures. They are therefore launching this Goethe-Upcycling Call for ideas.

Concepts and ideas for upcycling should be submitted. The selected ideas will receive financial support of up to EUR 1,000. The Goethe-Upcycling competition is open to all creative people, Librarians, Craftsmen, Artists, Designers and anyone who has a good idea that meets the competition criteria.

There are no restrictions on theme or content. The focus is on the theme of upcycling and the creative process. The new objects or library or community projects to be designed can serve a practical and/or purely artistic purpose. Mostly recycled materials and only a few new materials should be used.


  • The theme for this year’s World Library and Information Congress is “Working together for the future” . They know that collaboration breeds innovation.
  • Many great inventions have come from linking existing ideas. Libraries create analogue and digital spaces that bring creative people together to work on the challenges facing their societies and find solutions together.
  • Two of these challenges are Sustainable Living and Generating Revenue for Start-ups in the Cultural and Creative Industries. Their Upcycling workshop aims to address these two themes.

Why You Should Apply

  • A Jury consisting of representatives from the field of upcycling, cultural and creative industries, among others, will select the 8 best ideas, the realisation of which will be financially supported with 1,000 Euros.
  • The presentation of the submissions and the winners will be done digitally, subject to Corona. A maximum of two projects ideas can be submitted per participant.

Who Can Apply?

To apply, participants are invited to submit the following documents:

  • A presentation poster with pictures, drawings, collages of the object or a description of the upcycling project.
  • Simplified curriculum vitae, if necessary with other work in PDF.
  • Cost estimate for the creation of the object or the realisation of the project.
  • A statement/description of the object/project with text and video.
  • Applications must 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.

Visit Goethe Institut for more information.

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