Graphic Stories Cyprus, 19-21 March 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
19/03/2021 - 21/03/2021
Nicossia, Cyprus
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2021 Call  for Entries

Break Down the Walls!

5th International Poster Contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus / €2000 Total worth of Prizes


Without consideration, without pity, without shame / they have built great and high walls around me. / And now I sit here and despair. / I think of nothing else: this fate gnaws at my mind; / for I had many things to do outside.Ah why did I not pay attention when they were building the walls.
 / But I never heard any noise or sound of builders. /Imperceptibly they shut me from the outside world. Constantine P. Cavafy [1863 – 1933]

Graphic Stories Cyprus invites all the creative people to take part in the international poster contest titled “Break down the walls” and to see their work printed, by creating their own postal card. The international contest is part of the 7th Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication in Cyprus that will take place between 19-21 of March 2021.

The Creative Idea
“Break Down the Walls”
Today, more than ever, people feel trapped in a series of limitations that have been imposed on them without realizing when, how and why. Social exclusion, marginalization and all kinds of restrictions and discrimination for racial, political, socio-economic, religious, national, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, age, professional and other reasons put obstacles in the way of human freedom and self-disposition. These are the walls that, according to the poet Constantine Cavafy, imprison and trap every human being. The freedom we thought we had in our lives is no longer a given. The participants in the competition are invited to visualize their thoughts,

ideas and concerns regarding the theme of the competition which is: “Break down the walls”. The posters they create should highlight the fact that human freedom is not a given and highlight that in order to achieve freedom we must fight and break down the walls that rise around us. Break the barriers, raise your voice,
break down the walls! 

1. International distinction for professional visual communication designers 
2. International distinction for higher education students [university or college] of visual communication
3. Cypriot distinction for higher education students [university or college] of visual communication
4. Cypriot distinction for Lyceum and Technical School students
[the prizes per category will be announced soon]
Each contestant has the right to submit up to two [2] posters.

Panos Vassiliou [GR], Founder of Parachute Fonts, Type Designer
Dr. Jesús Del Hoyo Arjona [SPAIN], Dean Emeritus of the Official Graphic Designers’ Association of Catalonia
Dr. Arafat Al-Naim [UAE], BFA, MFA, PhD in Graphic Arts and MST in Art Teaching
Ioannis Fetanis [GR], Graphic Designer
Jose Luis Hernandez "Chepe" MEXICO], Graphic Designer
Zoe Katsigianni [GR] Infographic Designer
Panos Kostantopoulos [GR], Infographic Designer
Vassia Kalozoumi [GR], Founder & Graphic Designer at Corn Studio
Andreas Xenulis [GR], Creative Director / Visual Marketer
Chao Yang [CHINA], Assosiate Professor at Communication University of Zhejiang

The best 50 posters will be exhibited at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the inauguration will take place on the 19th of March 2021, after the end of the Conferences’ lectures.

Entries must be sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating in the title of the email the category of participation as follows:
1. International participation: professional visual communication designers
2. International participation: higher education students of visual communication
3. Cypriot participation: higher education students of visual communication
4. Cypriot participation: high school and technical school students.
Higher education Students in Cyprus participate in the same time, with the same poster in both categories [2, 3].

Each file should be named following the scheme “contest_name_surname” as well as the file extension.

The e-mail, must necessarily include the following information: 

1. The subject must include the title “5th Contest GSC – Break down the walls” and the category to which the project is submitted as stated above.
2. The poster 50x70cm as mentioned above.
3. The full-filed participation form.
4. The following statement: “The elements used for the creation of my project are original and do not include third parties intellectual property. With my participation in the contest I accept the terms and conditions of the contest and I grant the rights of free use of my work to the organizers of Graphic Stories Cyprus “.

  • Deadline: 15 November 2020


2020 Graphic Stories Cyprus Coverage

Animation / Digital Graphics Lectures and Workshops:

Katerina Pantela, Design for Animation  Where: The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
Design as a storytelling tool.

Αn inside into the visual development of animated filmmaking. A breakdown of the important things to consider and explore when it comes to designing a film. 



Costis Papatheodorou Workshop - Photorealistic Digital Painting for Beginners and Advanced

At this workshop you will learn: how to draw realistic black and white and colour portraits / the painting fundamentals (shape and form, light, colour and tone values) / how to take advantage of under drawing (imprimatura) / a solid foundation for any painting program such as Photoshop, procreate etc.  / photoshop tips, tricks and shortcuts. / Bring a laptop with a graphic tablet or tablet with a drawing app and a notepad & pen/pencil for notes. Please check in advance that the gear you will bring works.

More details: Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Graphic Stories Cyprus 6

The 6th Conference on Graphic Design &Visual Communication in Cyprus, Graphic Stories Cyprus, is on its way and it will take place from 6-8 of March, 2020 in Nicosia! The 6th in a row Graphic Stories Cyprus is the only established, independent, annual conference in the field of visual communication and the visual arts that covers the full spectrum of them, namely graphic design, illustration, typography, visual arts, semiotics, animation, photography, multimedia, internet and web design, calligraphy and design in general.

The 6th Graphic Stories Cyprus comprises eleven (11) lectures, five (5) creative workshops and one (1) international poster exhibition featuring designers from Cyprus and abroad. During this 6th event, special attention has been paid to the multifaceted actions aimed at
covering and expressing all of the visual arts and its creators, with the special theme of the conference being its connection to the Cultural Heritage and Tradition through the international poster contest on "Cultural Heritage, One World, One Future".

The Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication in Cyprus, Graphic Stories Cyprus, was selected as one of Europe's best festivals by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and awarded the European Quality Stamp EFFE Label for the period 2019-2020.

Target Audience
The conference is addressed to all the visual communication designers and creators of applied and visual arts, professionals or students, graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, photographers, animators, 2D / 3D designers, printmakers, creative agencies, advertisers, marketers and their associates, as well as those interested in getting to know the profession of visual communications designer! The program of the conference is presented on the organization's website: 

The 6th Graphic Stories Cyprus, in 2020 will host eleven (11) lectures by major Cypriot and foreign creators covering a wide range of the Applied Arts, Visual Communication and Design:
• Specialized lecture on Color Management and proper file management by Kemanes Printshop.
• “Advertising photography, portrait photography and nude art photography” by Marios Theologis.
• “Fonts and Typography” by Panos Vassiliou
• “Descriptive journalism and point of view” by Panos Constantopoulos
• “Infographics in printed and electronic media” by Zoe Katsigiani.
• “Website design and promotion” by Michalis Vassiliou.
• “From the hood to Hollywood” by Vassia Kalozoumi and Andrea Xenoulis from Corn Creative.
• “I used to be a graphic designer - The Path: From Inner Search to Multidimensional Reality” by Ioannis Fetanis.
• “Design for animation” by Katerina Pantela.
• “The steps to successful business networking” by Laki Argyrou.
• + Designer Andreas Panayi will talk about the concept behind the creation of the visual
identity of the 6th Graphic Stories Cyprus conference.

Also, five (5) creative workshops will be held aiming to provide accumulated and professional level knowledge and experience in relation not only to modern practices but also to traditional applications of visual arts and design:
• “Photorealistic Digital Illustration” by Kostis Papatheodorou.
• “Infographics” by Panos Constantopoulos and Zoe Katsigiannis.
• “Glyph and Pilcrow, Experimental Typography in Editorial Design” by Ioannis Fetanis.
• “Design for animation” by Katerina Pantela.
• Children's Illustration Workshop on "Cultural Heritage, One World, One Future" by Panayiota Michael.

Poster exhibition
"Cultural Heritage, One World, One Future", is the title of the exhibition that will include the 50 distinguished artworks of the 4th International Poster Competition organized by Graphic Stories Cyprus. The exhibition to be hosted by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Faneromeni, will also feature the artworks of 10 invited renowned artists. The inauguration and the awarding of the winners will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020, after the scheduled lectures. The prizes of the competition are offered by the Bank of Cyprus
together with the Greek company Parachute Typefoundry.

At the same time, two posters with the theme of the exhibition will also be hosted at the same venue created at the Art Poster Lab held last November at the American University of Emirates in Dubai. The workshop was attended by 20 students from AUE University and was
implemented under the guidance of Angeliki Athanasiadi and Andrea Panayi. Graphic Stories Cyprus is organized with the cooperation of the Bank of Cyprus and is under the auspices of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and the Municipality of Nicosia.

The prizes of the international poster contest are offered by the Greek Company, Parachute Typefoundry and the Bank of Cyprus.
Hosts venues: Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and Aigaia School of Art and Design.

2019 Event Coverage

The 5th Graphic Stories Cyprus, Conference on Graphic Design & Visual was held with great success between 15-17 of March 2019, with the partnership of the Bank of Cyprus.
The three-day event of the 5th Graphic Stories Cyprus included lectures by prominent designers and professionals in visual communication, both from Cyprus and abroad, specialized workshops, as well as the exhibition of the established international poster contest. The venues that hosted the conference were the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the Aigaia School of Art and Design.

The opening of the conference took place on Friday 15 March at the Cultural Foundation of the Bank of Cyprus. Dr. Katerina Lambrou, Head of the Press and Communication Office of the Embassy of Greece in Cyprus, referred to the utilization of the dynamics that has developed in recent years in the field of audiovisual both in Greece and in Cyprus, as a means of development, while stressing the state's support for any remarkable action centered on culture and arts.

Yiorgos Tsangaris, artistic director of the international festival of Animation of Cyprus, Views of the World, presented through artistic posters - his own and friends - many fruitful collaborations that were born from 2001 until today, aiming at the promotion of independent cinema. The presentation included collaborations with top artists of the international community regarding the design of posters for the festival. Illustrator Costis Papatheodorou in his lecture entitled "Revolution and Artists" answered questions related to the evolution of arts and their relation to the progress of technology, over time. How much revolution does a paint tube carry? How many artists does a graphic tablet launch? To conclude that rt advances hand in hand with technology and our perception follows.

The well-known designer and academic Costas Mantzalos, through a historical retrospection on Graphic Arts in Cyprus from 1960 until today, in a lecture of particular local interest, referred to the evolution of the design culture on the island, accompanying his presentation with visual material and examples of graphic arts in Cyprus from 1960 until today. Artist Irene Gonou talked about the power of words that protect through writing, as in many traditional societies and cultures they are said to have magical qualities and provide metaphysical protection. She presented her study of how poetic vocabulary replaces magical prescriptions by reviewing existing perceptions and reviewing the healing properties of art in modern society. The President of the Association of Cypriot Cartoonists, Sotos Voskaridis - BOSS with his distinguished humor, spoke about the value of cartoons as an educational tool, stressing that people's hope for a better society is School.

The journalist Apostolos Kouroupakis and internationally renowned designer Charis Tsevis presented for the first time to the general public the book "Graphic Stories" by Angeliki Athanasiadi, speaking of the importance, historical and educational role of books, especially in modern digital time. The album includes theoretical texts and articles, in the form of a chronograph, on education, visual communication and design, and also hosts presentations, interviews as well as works by great creators and designers of Cyprus and abroad.

The well-known illustrator and calligrapher Vladimir Radibratovic talked about the majesty of the letters and the playful search for their unique shape and form. He showed letters he created with the usual calligraphy tools and letters she drew from hair, flour, stones, clouds, and even coffee. The director, Konstantinos Kambouroglou, spoke about his documentary "How to Steal a Chair", which was screened on Saturday, March 16, at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. He explained how and why he started from New York, telling the story of Stergios Delialis and the legendary Design Museum of Thessaloniki and how he witnessed the last battle in a war that was lost 20 years ago.

Graphic Stories Cyprus 2019 - Vladimir Radibratovic

"Love, Peace, Technology from Cyprus" was the title of the lecture by famous designer Charis Tsevis. The author, based in Anarita, Paphos, honouring and serving every one of these values, producing visual communication and expression for every (sunny and not so sunny) side of the planet. Elias Pantikakis of the award-winning creative office Beetroot Design Group, represented by himself and the co-founder of Beetroot, Yiannis Charalambopoulos, analyzed through his lecture entitled “Going hybrid” how the new media and tools are challenging traditional graphic design.

The programed lectures of the conference ended with the presentation of the most famous contemporary graphic designer, the man who challenged and rewrote all the rules of traditional graphic design and typography. David Carson, the "super star" of visual communication, was present at the 5th Graphic Stories Cyprus Conference, and sparked the audience not only with his creations but also with the immediacy and simplicity of his character which you rarely meet in professionals of this range. With the comfort of a Hollywood star, but at the same time accessible and sincere, he greeted the crowd that shuddered the lecture hall and paid the organizers' credit, saying "Congratulations, you have succeeded where others have failed", basically acknowledging with his "vote of confidence”, the serious and systematic work of all these years. David Carson unveiled some of his recent works, along with a brief review of his career, while analyzing the importance of using the intuition and uniqueness of a designer in each of his work.

The lectures were followed by the inauguration of the poster exhibition of the 3rd International contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus, entitled "Graphic Design, Challenging the Perception", as well as the winners' award. The contest gathered 800 posters from 27 countries from all over the world. The exhibition includes 50 distinguished works that emerged from the competition, as well as 16 artworks by remarkable designers including the world-renowned designer David Carson and Angeliki Athanasiadi, Adonis Papadopoulos, Andreas Pitsillides, Aristarchos Papadaniil, Irene Gonou, Kostas Kanellopoulos, Costas Mantzalos, Michalis Theocharides, Paris Koutsikos, Spyros Drakatos - Tonia Avgoustaki, Charis Tsevis, Chao Yang, Kirill Sukhanov, Nataliya Schigorets and Sina Afshar. The exhibition will be hosted by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation until March 31st.

In the international category of the contest for professionals, the winner was Luis Antonio Rivera Rodriguez from Mexico, while in the corresponding category of the contest for international higher education students, Kai Wang from China was the winner. In the category of the Cypriot higher education students, Andreas Panayi was the winner, while in the category of the Cypriot students of lyceums and technical schools the winner was the student Marilena Papakyriakou, who worked under the supervision of graphic art teacher Souli Christou. The prizes were offered by Bank of Cyprus and Parachute Fonts.

At the same time, on the same weekend, three specialized workshops were organized to provide accumulated and professional level knowledge and experience to the participating designers, professionals and students. The themes included calligraphy by Vladimir Radibratovic, improvised natural tools, traces and writing by Irene Gonou and digital illustration of a realistic portrait by Costis Papatheodorou. Also, two children's workshops were held, challenging the perception, by Panagiota Michael and cartoons by Sotos Voskaridis.

Graphic Stories Cyprus  conference is held under the auspices of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media of the Hellenic Republic and the Municipality of Nicosia. Print Sponsor Kemanes Print Shop. Graphic Stories Cyprus Conference was selected as one of the best festivals in Europe by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and was awarded the EFFE Label Award of Quality for Europe for the period 2019-2020. Graphic Stories Cyprus is an institution established in the consciousness of professionals, higher education students and high school students in the field of graphic arts and visual communication, with its continuous presence and its manifold action in the cultural events of Cyprus and renews its appointment with the creative community of the island from 6-8 of March 2020 for the 6th Conference on Graphic Design & Visual Communication in Cyprus

2018 Event Coverage



Event Dates

  • From 19/03/2021 to 21/03/2021