Art contest challenges youth

2019-10-29 06:00

The Festive Lights Switch-On (FLSO) is a highlight on the City of Cape Town’s event diary. This year, it will take place on Sunday 1 December from 16:00 on the Grand Parade with a host of feel-good entertainment for the whole family.

In the run up to the event, there are two challenges, the FLSO 2019 Music Challenge (now in its 4th year) and a brand new initiative in the form of a recycling-based art competition. They are both aimed at reaching out to the youth of Cape Town.

In 2019, the art competition takes on a responsible approach to highlighting the environmental challenges society is facing, with the Festive Lights Switch-On Waste to Art Challenge.

Showcasing how one person’s waste is another’s gold, the FLSO Waste to Art Challenge 2019, is looking for creative youth 16 years and younger – either as an individual or as part of a school or community project – to use waste material (any) to create visual art pieces.

Submissions can be a picture, an article of clothing, a furniture item or an installation or sculpture. Entries need to incorporate the event theme, ‘Cape Town: Window to The World’.

The challenge for this year’s competition is for the youth to create a visual statement, a strong message that addresses the principles of waste management – reduce, reuse and recycle – which is inspired, and that also incorporates their interpretation of the festive season and what the holidays mean to them.

A gallery has been created on, where an image of the finished artwork can be uploaded with a description and shared with all entrants’ social media platforms. The more it is shared, viewed and voted for, the better the chances of winning, as it will be up to the public to decide who walks away with the R5 000 cash prize.

The winner will also be invited to exhibit their art piece at the Civic Centre in the CBD during the school holidays. Four runners up will similarly be asked to display their works, which will need to be transported to the venue. The top five artworks will be visited and adjudicated to ensure parity with the submitted image.

The Festive Lights Art Challenge is now on until Thursday 21 November.

How to enter:

. entrants must be individuals, community groups or schools comprising students of 16 years and younger;

. create an art piece made out of waste materials;

. art pieces can be pictures, clothing, furniture, sculptures and installations;

. take a flattering photo or photos of the completed artwork;

. go to the URL: then choose where to upload your media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or PC

. if using PC option, your name and email address will be required – social media will have login prompts;

. upload your image together with a description of the submission and name of the entrant, age and school;

. share on all social media platforms with the hashtags #FLSO2019 and #FLSOWastetoArt

For terms and conditions visit

Entrants can use mobile phones, PCs or they can visit any of the City’s libraries and make use of the free internet access available via the SmartCape facilities to upload their images.


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