Speaking at the Ostróda Reggae Festival in Poland

The 19th International Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition, “The Art of Reggae,” opened on August 11, 2017 in Ostróda, Poland. Hosted by the Ostróda Reggae Festival, the exhibition showcased 40 winning posters from the 5th International Reggae Poster Contest 2016. I had the pleasure to speak about Intl. Reggae Poster Contest and to showcase my work at the Ostróda Reggae Festival University.

The exhibition was one of the highlights of the Ostroda Reggae University. To introduce the exhibition, Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of the contest with Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson, gave an engaging talk on the impact of reggae and Jamaican culture internationally. She focused on a variety of design forms such as book covers, logotypes and, of course, posters. Her lively talk was moderated in fine style by Dr. Bartosz Wójcik, author, literary critic, translator and cultural manager.


Acclaimed Greek Designer and Mobay Students link
MBJ Airport Ltd. facilitates design lecture for U.W.I. Students

On Monday May 8, 2017, The University of the West Indies, Mona-Western Jamaica Campus was host to Greek Visual Artist and Blogger Maria Papaefstathiou under the auspices of Sangster International’s MBJ Airports Ltd. The talk served as part career retrospective and part call to arms for Caribbean creatives in general, and Jamaican designers specifically, to raise the bar in quality and quantity of output.
Papaefstathiou, Co-Founder of The International Reggae Poster Contest, shared her artistic journey with CARIMAC students, offered her mentorship and unveiled plans for a exhibition of the Finalists in this years International Reggae Poster Contest on the grounds of Sangster International Airport. Centering Jamaica’s cultural influence on her art and the world, the world re-known designer and activist encouraged the participants to “look outside their worlds” and venture further into design by using the contest and similar outlets.
Speaking at the event, MBJ Airports Ltd., C.E.O Dr. Rafael Echevarne and Assistant Commercial Manager Audley Giles challenged the students to help lift the quality of merchandise offered in airport shops to offer a greater variety to visitors and shoppers. They highlighted that the event is the first public event in an ongoing engagement between MBJ Airports Inc. and U.W.I WJC seeking stronger links between the two institutions and the Western region. The Campus was represented by lecturer Tony Thompson and students taken from the Digital Media Production and Integrated Marketing and Communications Students.

Meeting with UWI, WJC students from Integrated Marketing Communications and Digital Media Production.

From left Dr. Rafael Echevarne, CEO, MBJ Airports Ltd; Tony Thompson, Lecturer UWI, WJC; Maria Papaefstathiou, Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest and Audley Giles, Asst. Manager, Commercial Development

Giving a speech at the Luncheon and Discussion with the Honourable Andrew Holness, M.P. Prime Minister of Jamaica

I had the honour to share the Int. Reggae Poster Contest vision with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the “Luncheon and Discussion with the Honourable Andrew Holness, M.P. Prime Minister of Jamaica” organized by the Jamaican-American Chamber of Commerce.


Posing next to my poster on Alpha Boys’ School of Kingston, Jamaica. On the left, Maria Hudson, wife of the late Michael Thompson.

6th Behance Portfolio

I had the pleasure to speak about myself and my work at the 6th Behance Portfolio. My speech was about Passion! Passion in art and design because this is what drives us to be more creative and eventually succeed. Because this is what unites us, the artists all over the world. Because this is how we, the designers and artists, can spread an awareness and eventually create a better world. Because art can bring together good people with the same good vision. And of course, because without passion we can’t learn, we can’t improve our skills, we can’t do great things!

Join my passion!

Let’s make ART!

BPR Presentation Link: http://www.slideshare.net/MariaPapaefstathiou/maria-pap-6o-behance-41319357