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Goethe Upcycling Competition

Call for Participation: Goethe Upcycling Competition

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Call for Participation: Goethe Upcycling Competition. The theme for this year’s World Library and Information Congress is “Working together for the future”. We know that collaboration breeds innovation. Many great inventions have come from linking existing ideas.

Libraries create analog and digital spaces that bring creative people together to work on the challenges facing our societies and find solutions together. Two of these challenges are Sustainable Living and Generating Revenue for Startups in the Cultural and Creative Industries. The Upcycling workshop aims to address these two themes.

There are no restrictions on theme or content. The focus is on the theme of upcycling and the creative process. The new objects or library or community projects to be designed can serve a practical and/or purely artistic purpose. Mostly recycled materials and only a few new materials should be used.


  • A Jury consisting of representatives from the field of upcycling, cultural, and creative industries, among others, will select the 8 best ideas, the realization of which will be financially supported with 1.000 Euros.
  • The presentation of the submissions and the winners will be done digitally, subject to Corona. A maximum of two projects ideas can be submitted per participant.


To apply for Goethe Upcycling Competition , participants should submit the following documents:

  • A presentation poster with pictures, drawings, collages of the object or a description of the upcycling project…).
  • Simplified curriculum vitae, if necessary with other work in PDF.
  • Cost estimate for the creation of the object or the realization of the project.
  • A statement/description of the object/project with text and video.
  • Applications must be submitted in digital form only. By submitting your application, you give the Goethe-Institut permission to publish all entries on its websites and social media. (All participants automatically agree to this rule when submitting.)

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 September,2021
Open toAll



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