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“RESTART” Poster competition

Montreux Jazz Festival and Vaudoise Assurances launch a major new poster competition

After the success of the “Silent Shores” poster competition in 2020, the Montreux Jazz Festival is running another major visual arts initiative, with the theme of “RESTART”. For this new competition the Festival has joined forces with its partner Vaudoise Assurances, which supports contemporary Swiss art through its Arts Committee. Several prizes will be awarded, and thirty artists will be given the opportunity to have their work displayed during the Festival.

poster competition

If the “Silent Shores” competition reflected a historically quiet year in
Montreux the theme of “RESTART” seeks to offer a message of hope.
Competition entrants are invited to present their ideal vision of a world
as it starts back up.

Through this competition, Montreux Jazz Festival and Vaudoise Assurances want to support a sector that has been badly hit by the pandemic. The competition is therefore limited to visual arts professionals, apprentices and students.


A jury of Montreux Jazz Festival and Vaudoise Assurances staff will select the 30 best posters, which will be displayed during the 55th Festival.

A professional jury will then choose the 10 best posters from among the thirty on the longlist. The jury will be chaired by Malika Favre, graphic artist and designer of the 2017 Festival poster. She will be joined by Stefano Stoll, director of the Festival Images in Vevey, and Alexis Georgacopoulos, director of the Lausanne ECAL/École Cantonale d’Art (University of Art and Design).

The 10 shortlisted posters will be printed in a 50×70 cm format and sold throughout the Festival network, in limited runs of 100. For every poster sold, the artist will receive a 20% commission on the sale.

The professional jury will then choose its three favourite designs, and award the following prizes:

  • First prize: CHF 5,000
  • Second prize: CHF 2,000
  • Third prize: CHF 1,000

The ten posters selected by the professional jury will also be put to a vote via the Montreux Jazz Festival social media channels, with the chance to win a Public Prize of CHF 3,000.

Finally, Vaudoise Assurances will award a Vaudoise Assurances Arts Committee Prize to one of the 30 shortlisted artists. The winner will receive a commission for a special arts project that will become part of the Vaudoise Assurances collection.


The competition is open to anyone working in the visual arts (such as graphic designers, illustrators, painters and photographers), and to students and apprentices of any form of visual art. Entries must be submitted individually and in the artist’s own name.