Competition to highlight beauty of religious diversity


Smile Education and Development Foundation has launched a competition for young people as part of its efforts to tackle hate speech and tensions between religious communities.
The competition invites artists under 35 years of age to submit work that depicts the beauty of Myanmar’s religious diversity.
The non-government organisation’s Project Coordinator Daw Khin Thinza said, “The competition aims to promote mutual understanding among people from different religious backgrounds.” “Artists do not need to have professional experience, but submissions should capture the title of the exhibition — the Beauty of Religious Diversity,” she added.
Various types of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, photography, cartoons and poetry can be submitted.
The foundation will announce 15 winners in November, and their works will be displayed in a travelling exhibition between 13 and 26 November at religious centres around Yangon.
SEDF will also give a special award to the person who receives the highest number of votes from exhibition viewers.
“The winning works will also be part of a nationwide awareness campaign celebrating religious diversity in Myanmar,” she said.
The Smile Education and Development Foundation was founded in 2007 as a non-profit education institute to provide affordable education
programs to youth, women and civil society leaders.
For more information or submit work via email, email [email protected] no later than 23 October. For more information, call 09 7320 0524 or 09 254 003 466.

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