Local co-operative banks run the biggest international creativity competition
This year is the 50th edition of the international youth competition called “jugend creativ”.
Since its first edition, the youth competition has been a joint initiative by cooperative banks worldwide. Today the competition takes place in Germany, Finland, France, Italy (South Tyrol), Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland. Other participating countries in the past 50 years have included: Belgium, Poland, Russia and even Japan and Canada.
The international youth competition is an initiative of Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken, which is carried out exclusively as part of their social commitment and therefore has nothing to do with advertising, sales or product offers. Social commitment has its roots in the history of the organizing companies, because cooperative banks were founded by social reformers according to the principle of helping people to help themselves and based on the concept of support. The international youth competition "jugend creativ" is emblematic of this cooperative idea - a joint campaign that encourages children and young people across national borders to deal with the important issues of our time and to deal with them creatively and on their own initiative.
This 50th edition thematic is “Happiness is…” the topic leaves a lot of room for creative ideas: How does happiness show up? Where can you find it? Can you hold it or do you have to let it go? Can you only be happy if you've ever been unhappy? Does everyone have their own way of being happy? The open phrase "Happiness is ..." activates in a playful way to complete the sentence. The topic of the competition thus stimulates lively, explorative, action-oriented and result-oriented creative teaching, also beyond the subject of art. The participants are completely free in terms of presentation and technology: they can approach the topic in their own way using their individual experiences and ideas and capture their thoughts and ideas in paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, mixed media works and short films.
At the end, national winners from the participating countries meet at the international award ceremony. The winners will be chosen on an international level in a festive setting.
Deadlines at a glance
- February 21, 2020: Germany nationwide deadline for all competition categories
- March 1st, 2020: Switzerland nationwide deadline for all competition categories
- March 31st, 2020: Austria nationwide deadline for all competition categories
- April 20th, 2020: France nationwide deadline for all competition categories
- Early September 2020: Closing event and award ceremony in Berlin
- October 2020: Start of the 51st International Youth Competition