CIVICUS International Youth Day 2018 ‘Through Arts and Imagination’ Contest

CIVICUS International Youth Day 2018 ‘Through Arts and Imagination’ Contest

Deadline: July 27, 2018

What does democracy mean to you? How are youth in your community putting democracy into action? What do you see as threats to democracy today? What does your ideal democracy look like? The CIVICUS International Youth Day 2018 ‘Through Arts and Imagination’ is a global contest seeking bold and original creative arts submissions – music, poetry, art, multimedia – that present youth perspectives on Re-imagining Democracy.

To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2018, the Youth Working Group at CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, would like to create space for the voices of silenced youth to be heard. CIVICUS wants to provide an opportunity for youth to express a vision of democracy reimagined. You will not only get the chance to make your voice heard by a global audience, but you will also get a chance to help a cause of your choice!


  • The top 15 submissions will be promoted on the CIVICUS social media pages.
  • One-day workshop run by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation to support participants in their work to share powerful messages through creative mediums on Friday 10 August in online for the top 15 submissions.
  • Cash prize and free CIVICUS voting membership to the organisations that the top 3 symposium participants chose to donate their prize to.
    • 1st place: 300$US
  • Publication of the best (3) submission in the 2018 State of Civil Society Report.


  • Creators must be 30 and under by August 12, 2018
  • Submissions must respect the deadline (July 27, 2018)
  • Only one submission per person
  • Original content that hasn’t previously been published
  • Agreement with the Youth Day Symposium Terms and Conditions and CIVICUS event principles
  • Submission in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Your submission should relate to one of the following sub-themes:
    • Diversity- We are One! Art that celebrate, feature and empower people of many different intersectional identities (gender, race, sexuality, age, ethnicity, nationality, etc.)
    • Culture and society – Breaking Barriers for all! Art that showcases intercultural-interreligious integration and “decoloniality
    • Economic justice. Art that speaks to  solidarity economies, democratisation of labour, youth social entrepreneurship and just transition
    • Democratisation of education Art that shares a message around access to education, different modes of learning, active participation and dialogue, education of multiple historical narratives
    • Silenced/unsilenced youth – Hear my voice! The experience of driving a rights-based agenda: organising, speaking up, mobilising.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Creativity: The submission is created based on an original idea and the participant has showed the use of their imagination and has created something unique.
  • Authenticity: The submission is reflective of the participant’s experience, a true lived experience, or a vision of potential experience. The piece is grounded in the reality of the topic of reimagining democracy as they understand it and creatively interpret it.
  • Connection to the theme: The submission directly relates to one of the presented sub-themes and explores and relevant and pertinent issue within that sub-theme.
  • Connection to struggle & contributions to community: The submission reflects a relevant challenge that is faced by youth based on the themes. It tells a story of an initiative creating a positive outcome for a community.
  • Youth perspective: The submission presents and considers the youth voice and experience.


Submit your application by filling in this form.

For more information, visit CIVICUS International Youth Day 2018 Contest.