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European Union (EU) Legends of Liberia Art Competition for Young Liberian Artists 2017

The European Union (EU) is seeking primary school students in Liberia to illustrate in art form, their interpretation of the book, Legends of Liberia.

Application Deadline: 1st June 2017

Eligible Countries: Liberia

Legends of Liberia Art Competition

About the Award: In recognition and appreciation of Liberia’s rich cultural heritage, the European Union has sponsored the production of a new edition of the book “Legends of Liberia”, a collection of stories from each of the nation’s tribes originally collected by the Australian traveller Peter Pinney in encounters with storytellers. The new edition is illustrated by Liberian-born Italian artist Luca Bai Varaschini.

These are the Audio stories. The audio stories are available to everyone for free and can be downloaded via the Program Webpage (Link below):

1 The Baby Star Who Visited A Fish
2 Why Elephants Flee From Goats
3 How Rain Came To The Earth
4 The Sun The Moon And The Stars
5 How Spiders Waist Became So Thin
6 The Antbag And The Hunter
7 The Cry Of The Seagull
8 The Herald Of The Dawn
9 How Turtle Drowned Leopard In The Sea
10 Why Yams And Cassavas Hide In The Ground
11 When God Made Crabs
12 The Discontented Spider
13 The Kitchen In The Sky
14 Why Hunters Fear Djinn
15 How Fisher-Bird Gained His Colours

Type: Contest


  • Listen to the audio stories from the book “Legends of Liberia”
  • Decide which story you like the most
  • Draw or paint the story you enjoyed the most
  • Send your drawing or painting to the competition by June 1st, 2017
  • Open to all primary school students in Liberia

Number of Awards: Not specified

Duration of Program: The winner of the competition will be announced on the International Day of the African Child, June 16th, 2017.

How to Apply: Artwork may be submitted in an envelope marked with the competition title “Legends of Liberia Art Competition” to the following address:

European Union Delegation to Liberia

100 UN Drive, Mamba Point, Monrovia

Artwork may also be scanned or photographed and sent by email with the subject line “Legends of Liberia Art Competition” to:

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: European Union (EU)

Important Notes: Supporting education in Liberia is a priority for the European Union. The European Union hopes this small contribution will help the effort to preserve Liberia’s tradition of storytelling, and to pass it on to future generations.

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