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CIBC FirstCaribbean puts on Christmas paint competition

CIBC FirstCaribbean puts on Christmas paint competition

Students from secondary and primary schools across the territory will have an opportunity to showcase their artistic skills in this year’s regional Caribbean Christmas Art competition which is being hosted by CIBC FirstCaribbean bank.

This was revealed in a media release from the financial institution which announced that the competition will commence from Tuesday, December 15 and run until January 15, 2021.

According to a media release from the financial institution, the competition will have two main themes, ‘Save Your Money – Why Do We Need to Save’ for primary school students and ‘The Bank of the Future’, for secondary schools.

For the primary school entrants, they will be divided into two age categories — ages four to seven and eight to 11. They will be allowed to use watercolour, crayon, or paint for their entries. The secondary school students will be divided into 11 to 14 and 15 to 18 age categories and will have a choice of digital, mixed media or paint (watercolour or acrylic).

Speaking on competition, the Director of Corporate Communications at CIBC FirstCaribbean, Debra King said: “This year has been an extraordinary one for our region’s youth as they have been forced to navigate a whole new approach to learning and living as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that artistic expression can be a vent of sorts for some of this year’s challenges.”

How to register

Interested students can register to submit their artwork by uploading a clearly visible and detailed photo to on or before 15th January 2021.

The subject line of the email should read – CIBC FirstCaribbean Christmas Art Competition – (Name of Country). Entrants should include their full name, age and address in the body of the email.

Winners of the competition will be announced in February.

Meanwhile, other Christmas themed events have been occurring in the BVI such as the Premier’s recently-held ‘Christmas Extravaganza with a Cultural Twist’.

That event was held at the Road Town Festival Grounds on Saturday December 12. There was also a ‘Christmas in the City’ event which concluded on December 6.

In the meantime, the Virgin Islands Search & Rescue’s (VISAR) Winter Wonderland holiday set-up at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park continues daily from 2 pm to 7 pm on weekdays and from 2 pm to 10 pm on weekends. Winter Wonderland runs until January 6, 2021.


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