African photographers based on the continent and throughout the diaspora, the LagosPhoto Festival is inviting you to submit your work for a chance to be part of their 2015 event.

If you have a body of work that tells a “unique and interesting” story, here’s what you need to do to prepare your work and send it in:

- Send 5 low res images (preferably from one project), project synopsis, your CV+ bio + date of birth to: outreach@lagosphotofestival.com 

- Use the subject line: Talent Call_your name 

-  Submission policy: Due to the high volume of submissions, you will only be contacted you they are interested in working with you. 

- All genres of photography are welcome.

About LagosPhoto:

Launched in 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. 

In a month long festival, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa. 

LagosPhoto aims to establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite local and international artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa. 

LagosPhoto presents and educates about photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programmes.

Visit their site here.

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When we see an opportunity in life, we have to take it. Whether it’s the hope of winning back the love of our life, a shot at proving our worth, or the chance to show a child the right path, but sometimes when we answer the call we have no idea what opportunity awaits us.
—  Mary Alice Young
Calling all writers! The Iceland Writers Retreat 2015

When: April 8 – 12, 2015.

Where: Reykjavik, Iceland.

Who: Any and all published and aspiring writers are welcome!

Myths, magic, and sagas—Iceland’s robust storytelling culture has made it one of the most coveted destinations for creative minds. Iceland boasts the most writers and published books per capita in the world, and Reykjavik is the first non-native English speaking UNESCO City of Literature.

You’re invited to participate in a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers. As a participant, you will have the unique opportunity to develop your writing in a warm and personable environment, set against the vibrant and picturesque backdrop of Reykjavik.

Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

Our workshops will be led by acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writers from around the world: award-winning travel writer Marcello Di CintioNew Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik, Orange Prize for Fiction winner Barbara Kingsolver, Man Booker Prize nominee Alison Pick, bestselling food writer and editor Ruth Reichl, Granta “Best Young British Author” Taiye Selasi, Nordic Council Literary Prize winner Sjón, critically acclaimed Norwegian author Linn Ullmann, Governor General’s Prize winner John Vaillantand former University of Edinburgh Writer in ResidenceAlan Warner

The retreat will be based out of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, a recently renovated, modern four-star hotel next to a popular wooded area, just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and five minutes from a geothermal beach.

In September, 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald named us one of the world’s best writers’ retreats.

To register, visit www.icelandwritersretreat.com

Follow us on Twitter: @IcelandWriters

Like us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/IcelandWritersRetreat

My friend and I were talking about “closed doors,” and that when one opportunity closes its doors, we need to move on to the next one.  We’ll be tempted to kick the door down, to pull strings or force our way in or smooth-talk the higher-ups, but doing these things slowly compromises our integrity until the person who walks through the door is an entirely lesser version of you. There’s a reason that businesses (or your ex or that college or that circle) did not allow entry. For them to squeeze their own reasons to let you in after they decided you weren’t right for them is still not an open door; you still won’t be right for them, and you’ll both deplete each other.

When you’ve tried everything to get in, go down the hall just a bit. There’s another door. There are many. Opportunities await. We can’t live looking forward and backward at the same time. We must let go of the old dream to see the new ones.  And if none come for a while, it’s a long hallway. The doors that have already opened for you are never ones you could’ve seen yesterday; and the ones coming tomorrow are not ones you can foresee today.  Keep knocking.  One will open that will be right for you.

— J.S.

COMPETITION: Fashion Talent from Africa x Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Photos courtesy of: Altaroma, Asiko Fine Art Photography, Ibra Ake, Jason Eric Hardwick Photography & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Who are You?

Are you a talented fashion and/or accessory designer from the African continent?
Have you established a fashion business with experience showcasing internationally?
Do you dream of building your international brand that values and commits to high quality artisanship?

Would you like the opportunity to partner with ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to gain experience & participate in international fashion industry platforms in partnership with Vogue Italia.

Who We Are

Since 2013, the International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative mentors emerging African fashion designers by connecting them with international fashion buyers and press to promote trade.

We are inviting designers from across Africa that possess creative capacities, potential and passion to expand their business while creating jobs and more demand for luxury artisanship in ethical fashion.

Your Opportunity:

Interact with our team and connect to key fashion platforms that are part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative network. 

How to Apply?

If you fit the description above, please send a complete application no later than January 5th 2015.

Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

Applications should include: a completed Designer Profile form, a designer CV (PDF format only) and 8 photos of your recent work (professionally photographed). These documents should be sent over email as a zipped folder attachment to: africandesigner@intracen.org


I get these plans stuck in my head like, “this is what I’m going to do, for sure.” Then, another opportunity comes along and I’m like, “but I thought I was suppose to do this other thing instead…” I think the point is to trust what makes sense. God’s steps for getting you somewhere usually doesn’t look the way you imagine.

Hi, this is Tali Wyndham, and this year was a year of change for me, at least. And I know it was a year of change for a lot of people. I learned that change doesn’t always have to be bad. And even if change seems unfortunate or different, it always provides an opportunity for something new to happen: whether it’s a new relationship, a new hobby, a new group of people, a new perspective — a change in how you see things. Change is always an opportunity to learn something new, and that’s what I learned this year. Thanks, bye. 

2015 Summer Internship Opportunity for College Students

Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community-based nonprofit organizations in Southern California.

Leadership in Action interns are placed in selected community-based organizations in Southern California, where they are expected to work 4 full days per week under an assigned staff supervisor. Work assignments differ according to each organization’s programs and needs.

Each week, one day will be devoted to leadership development training or issue discussions and group project work. Nationally recognized trainers will deliver workshops in critical skill areas. Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers.

The eight-week program runs from June 15 through August 7, 2015. Interns will receive compensation in the amount of $2,500 for successful completion of the program and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.

College students or recent graduates with…
- Prior experience in API communities
- A passion for learning and growing leadership skills
- An interest in gaining work experience in an API community-based nonprofit organization

1. Complete the Leadership in Action application.
2. Submit the following documents:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Official transcript
- One Page Personal Statement.


All application materials must be received by Monday, March 9, 2015.


For more information, please contact:
Mayta Lor,
Development Associate
213-485-1422 x4105

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate its 36th edition from 16 to 26 July 2015.

Presenting over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa, the festival exhibits films in a diversity of venues around the city. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes a local and international awards component. Only films completed in 2014 and 2015 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry.

  • Submissions will be accepted with either a DVD SCREENER or an ONLINE SCREENER.
  • All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online at vp.eventival.eu/cca.
  • In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 20 March 2015.
  • The extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers and industry professionals will include the 8th Talents Durban programme (17 to 21 July), in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and the 6th Durban FilmMart (17 to 20 July), in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.
  • Specific streams of programming for 2015 will include a focus on climate change, as well as films that explore our relationship to the earth’s changing ecology.

“We are very excited about receiving a wealth of challenging and high quality films from around the world,” says festival manager Peter Machen. “We also welcome engagement with current and potential partners who support the development of cinema in Africa and beyond. Such collaboration is a major part of the festival and helps to provide filmmakers and the public with a programme of brilliant films and a solid development programme.”

For more information check out the festival Submission FAQs or visit: www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.

Follow the festival on Twitter (@DIFFest) and on Facebook.

The festival is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal and is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the City of Durban and other valued funders and partners.


Upcoming Phandom Events: Phanfic Exchange

What is it?

A fic exchange is where authors anonymously write fics for each other. Once all the fics have been exchanged, there will be a reveal. As this is the first round, you’ll only be writing one fic and having one written for you in return. The fic you write for this event will still be your own fic and you can post it to your blog and receive credit for it as normal.

How does it work?

Sign up here. In the submission form, you will provide several prompts for whoever is writing for you, so that you know you’ll get a fic that you’d like to read. You’ll also state what you prefer to write and anything that you don’t want to write so that the mods can pair you up with someone whose prompts fit your preferences. Please make sure to include any triggers you don’t want to see, either in the fic that’s written for you or in the fic that you’re writing.

You do not have to have written before or consider yourself an author to take part, but you must be able to write a minimum of 2000 words in the time limit. (timeline here)

Check the FAQs for more info

Why should I take part?

I’ve done a couple of these before and they’re hella, essentially. It’s both cool and challenging to write something specifically for another person and heck, the fic i wrote for one of these last year is still my most popular oneshot. Similarly it’s just really special being able to read and cherish something that a complete stranger, maybe from the other side of the world, dedicated many hours of their life to purely for you. You will make new friends with the people you’re paired with, and it’s a really good way to be involved with the phandom and phanfic community.

I’m one of the moderators running this event and it is affiliated with the blog phanfic, but please do send any questions about the event to the event blog phanficexchange.



An Artist Talk with Kaleid Editions

This January we have the pleasure of hosting a talk by long standing ELP member Victoria Browne.

KALEID Editions was established by Victoria Browne in 2009, it is an artist-led programme of exhibitions, participatory events and book launches. Throughout the year KALEID editions works closely with librarians, book dealers and private collectors; to advocate public special collections and represent European based artists who do books.  

KALEID is an annual open submission, a networking event attracting artists from across Europe and an exhibition showcasing the best artists’ books.

KALEID editions further represents an exclusive collection at The London Art Book Fair, winner of nine Birgit Skïold Awards for excellence and tours internationally to art book fairs and public collections, including the V&A Museum’s National Art Library, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, MACBA and the Pompidou’s Kandinsky Library.

As well as running Kaleid, Victoria now runs her own print studio in South London as well as making her own work. Where she gets the time we don’t know!

On the 27th January Victoria will present a selection of artists’ books to discuss the makings of a good read and offer guidance for the open submission to KALEID 2015 London.


See more on our site here! 

Artist Talk with Victoria Browne, Kaleid Editions at East London Printmakers

27th January, 7.30pm 

19 Warburton Rd, Hackney, E8 3RT

The National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement develops the leadership of a new generation of activists and organizers who are deeply invested in building the power of and improving the lives of working-class Asian immigrant communities. Running from June to August, the fellowship program provides 10 weeks of intensive training, ground work, and reflection.

Beginning with a week-long training and orientation, fellows come together to orient themselves to the theory behind the community work as well as build community with each other. The bulk of the fellowship is on the ground work with host organizations. Placed at grassroots organizations across the country, fellows will develop an understanding of organizing work in a local context, develop and strengthen their organizing skills, and connect theory with practice.

At the same time, fellows have the opportunity to develop personally and politically. They will learn through political education presentations and cross-site sharing with weekly reflection webinars. In addition to the national reflection calls, fellows will have the opportunity to have weekly regional community political discussions with community organizers and activists. In the San Francisco Bay Area fellows participate in a weekly dinner speaker series. Lastly, they will also engage in grassroots fundraising, outreach, and participate in skill building trainings.

Launching last summer in 2014, the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement brought 17 fellows placed in 7 organizations in 7 cities. Some of the extensive community work that they engaged in includes:

  • community education and organizing through door-knocking and outreach in public housing, transit corridors, and working class neighborhoods
  • facilitating and leading workshops
  • working in community clinics on workers and tenant rights in 4 different languages
  • helping to run youth development programs
  • planning events and rallies for increasing the minimum wage and securing more affordable housing
  • collecting community stories to document immigrant experiences
  • recruiting new volunteers and members