Aspiring musicians, writers and movie makers have an opportunity to shoot for fame with the call for entries by the organisers of the Atuu Festival of Arts which climaxes in August.
An initiative of the Joint Commitee of Collection Management Organisations (JCCMO), the Atuu Arts Festival is aimed at creating a platform to promote local music, new artistes as well as music-related products on the international market.
The festival also hopes to showcase the arts in Ghana and place local creative arts practitioners and their works in the global environment.
As part of activities for the festival which was launched last year, there are competitions for youngsters aged between 15 to 21.
The competition is in three categories, Songwriting; Creative Writing which covers drama, poetry and fiction as well as Sights and Sounds the JCCMO is calling on aspiring songwriters, musicians, poets, playwrights, script writers, photographers and filmmakers to send in entries.
For the Songwriting category, the songs should be recorded and put on either a CD or pen drive with the lyrics attached.
For youngsters interested in the Creative Writing category, the entries should be based on the theme for the festival – “Our Culture, Our Development” and should not be more than 800 words.
For those submitting poems, it should be one page or 20 minutes for the drama while entries in the Sight and Sounds category should be of cultural and tourism significance.
The entries can either be paintings, still photos or short videos and they should have cultural and tourism significance.
According to John Abeiku Sagoe, a member of the Atuu Festival of Arts Planning Committee, “the idea is to give budding artistes an opportunity to expose their talents and get some quality mentoring from the industry.”
The closing date for the entries is June 30, 2018 and the winners will be announced at the climax of the festival on August 25.
A series of events, including film festivals, music and drama shows and conferences have been lined up as part of the Atuu Festival of Arts.