COMPETE FOR PEACE - NOT WAR 2018 
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Art & Music Can Change the World - Artists Shared Their Talent and Stood Up for Peace!

When Music and Art Meet Politics to Represent Activism for Peace: Make Everything Possible!

Our world is facing difficult times. As we continue to overcome growing division, intolerance and injustice all over the World, we believe artists and musicians can play a vital role in unifying divided societies.

It’s time to show the Power of Unity!

This second worldwide World Citizen Artists Awards initiative ‘Compete for Peace – Not War’ has reunited some of the most influential nonprofit organisations, musicians and artists to make it possible for emergent and established artists alike to be recognised for works that promote ‘Peace’ and have the chance to win a World Citizen Artists Award.

In the jury, you’ll find nonprofit organisations the Bob Marley Foundation and the Gandhi Foundation, music celebrities such as Fat Freddy’s Drop and photography celebrities Tim Page and Lisa Kristine.

 

World Citizen Artists partners Nomfusi, Belgravia Gallery, Emmanuel Jal and Playing for Change also took part.

The award ceremony took place at the 73rd Bob Marley Birthday Celebration at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

 

Both winners of the 2018 initiative received a bronze statuette, “Citizen of the World,” created specifically by Lorri Acott for the World Citizen Artists Awards Compete for Peace – Not War.

​ World Citizen Artists was launched in June 2014 to harness the expressive power of creativity as a way of raising global awareness and responsibility. The movement comprises artists from more than forty countries around the world and has an active online magazine.

Music Award Recipient: Tasha T (Canada)

Tasha T was selected for her inspirational composition “Spread Some Love.” She performed her winning song at the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration on the main stage at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston on February 6, 2018, where she received her bronze statuette and from World Citizen Artists and a charity tour with the Bob Marley Foundation.

The judges described her winning entry as “an energetic and soulful song that reminds us how the children of the world are affected by our actions.”

Commenting on the award, Tasha T said: “It’s all about the message in the music. When I received the call ... I was just in awe. This is truly a blessing to know that I’m the winner and I’m able to continue to share my new single, ‘Spread Some Love,’ to the world because the song is about love. We know that love is the answer to everything, and love conquers all. We’ve got to think about the children because children are the future.”

Visual Arts Award Award Recipient: Sonam Dolma Brauen (Switzerland)

Sonam Dolma Brauen (Switzerland) won the award for her work “Boomerang,” a sprawling floor-sized installation which is created entirely from ammunition and expresses the artist’s belief that “As a general rule, the boomerang of armament comes full circle.”

World Citizen Artists described her winning entry as “an introspective piece that has deeper meaning. Each ammunition shell tells a story, and the work as a whole depicts that war affects us all.”

The Gandhi Foundation thanked World Citizen Artists for giving The Gandhi Foundation the honor and privilege of being on the board with other talented jury members. “We are grateful! We believe in the power of peace and in the power of both music and art that help usher it.”

A jury member from Belgravia Gallery commented, “We were honoured to be involved in this important initiative promoting peace and unity through artwork and creativity, and hope that this message can be taken across the world.”

Commenting on her award, Sonam Dolma Brauen said: “Through art, I can express my thoughts about war, about unfairness, and about environment and destruction. This award helps me and supports me to go further with sharing the message of peace and not just give up.”

COMPETE FOR PEACE – NOT WAR is the most competitive Awards initiative because many artists apply due to the free entry. The theme is also widely known and most artists therefore have their work ready to be sent. Compete for Peace – Not War involves renowned partners who are often celebrities. The winners and finalists are welcome to attend a culminating event (music or visual art), which is held in a prestigious venue with a humanitarian agenda. 

RECOGNITION: World Citizen Artists is always seeking the next artists who will make history in being the WCA ambassador of Peace for this generation and generations to come.