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Take part in the 6th Cose Belle Illustration Contest.
Up for grabs 1000 euros, the artist’s residence in Calabria and the L’Espresso and Farm Cultural Park special prizes.
The deadline to send your work is on December 19th, 2022.
New deadline 22/01/2023.

Take part in the 6th Cose Belle Illustration Contest.
Up for grabs 1000 euros, the artist’s residence in Calabria
and the L’Espresso and Farm Cultural Park special prizes.
The deadline to send your work is on December 19th, 2022.
New deadline 22/01/2023.

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Kindness is difficult to define but it can be recognized in loving and considerate gestures and surprises, which bring about a smile and gratitude in those who receive them.

If we think about, a gesture of kindness is a demonstration of a noble soul. It is enriching for the person who gives as well as the person who receives, and it can be inspiring. Kindness has the ability to impact one's life and impact society.

Kindness creates kindness: if you are kind, others will be kind to you. This is certain, or at least very likely. Have you ever noticed? Kindness is not only directed towards others, but also towards oneself. How difficult is it sometimes to love and be kind to yourself? If there was kindness in every heart, would there be war? The only certainty is that if there was kindness in every heart, the world would be more beautiful.

What is kindness? Or rather, what does kindness imply?

Maybe empathy, solidarity, respect, or care? Think about how much more beautiful a kind person is?

And if we think about the other side, we are deeply convinced that a gesture of kindness, even just a kind word, used properly, can have incredible power: to change ideas, to encourage, to motivate. Why is that? Kindness, deep down, always makes us feel like there is hope in this absurd world.

Have you ever noticed how kindness can rattle even the most hostile people? It may not always happen, but the chances are much higher.

So how do you illustrate kindness? This is precisely the challenge.

So, come on illustrators, shower us with kindness.




Cash contribution of 1000 euros

as recognition of personal merit
and Cose Belle OFF 2022
Artist Residency experience.
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Cose Belle OFF 2022 Artist Residency experience.
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Special Prize


An editorial collaboration with weekly magazine L’Espresso. A work commission which will bring you in contact with an important editorial staff and the art director Stefano Cipolla. An award that connects talent to the publishing market.
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Special Prize

Farm Cultural Park

The Farm Cultural Park, a cultural and contemporary art center, is giving away a one-week artist residency in Favara to one illustrator which will bring them in close contact with the organization. The award includes food, accommodation, and a budget for the realization of a project.


Andrea Bartoli
Notary and founder of
Farm Cultural Park

Notary, strategic planning consultant, feasibility, and management of cultural organizations. Together with his wife, lawyer Florinda Saieva, they founded a cultural center of contemporary art, Cultural Park Farm, in Favara. It has won countless awards including the prestigious award Curry Stone Design Prize, recognized as one of 100 international experiences that has produced a greater social impact in the world over the past ten years.

Ivan Canu
Mimaster Illustrazione

Writer, illustrator and critic. He was art director of the Balzan International Foundation and graphic designer of Hystrio magazine. In 2022 he designed, wrote and illustrated for Centauria God Save the Queen, biography of Queen Elizabeth II of England. He has been awarded by New York Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts, 3x3.

Stefano Cipolla
Art director for L’Espresso
Graphic designer and journalist. Art director of the weekly magazine L’Espresso since 2018, he has also worked for La Repubblica newspaper (2004-2018) and taught Infographics and History of Graphics at the European Institute of Design. He is currently a professor in Editorial Graphics and Infographic at the Urbino School of Journalism, the UxUniversity and the Mimaster of Milan.
Photo credits: © Ilaria Magliochetti Lombi.
Emilio Salvatore Leo
Architect and Creative Director of Lanificio Leo

Architect, Designer and Creative Director of Lanificio Leo, the oldest active textile factory in Calabria. He was selected by Andrea Branzi in 2006 for New Italia Design (Triennale, Milan) and in 2009 he received the “Toyp Italia Business 2009” award from the Junior Chamber International.

Gennaro Di Cello
Innovator and CEO of
Italie - Italian Limited Edition

He is the CEO of Italie, Italian Limited Edition and Vice President of Entopan. He is among the animators of “Dinamismi Museali. Festival of Contemporary Thought” 1997-2007 (2001 Business Culture Award, 2001 Guggenheim Award finalist, Biennale Italia “Event Design”, 2008). A manager who has a passion for graphic design and visual communication.

Florindo Rubbettino
Publisher Rubbettino Publishing House

Publisher of the Rubbettino publishing house. President of Rubbettino Print. He is an Editing professor for the Communication Sciences Degree at the University of Molise. He directed the national magazine of the youth Entrepreneurs of Confindustria, " Quale impresa “, from 2008 to 2011 and was President of Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria Calabria.

Deborah De Rose
Creative Director of
Cose Belle Festival

Digital Strategist, Project Manager, former lawyer. She is the Creative Director of Cose Belle Festival. She looks after cultural design, social innovation, and territorial enhancement projects through creativity. In 2015 she transformed her law firm in Cosenza into Interazioni Creative, an associative project as well as a space to share and connect with artisanal and digital workers.

HOW partecipate

Follow these simple steps.

DEADLINE 19-12-2022

NEW DEADLINE 22-01-2023


Download the Regulations

Open the Regulations


Pay the Participation fee

You can send your Participation fee
by bank transfer (you can find
the details in the Regulations—only for payments from Italy) or
by credit card and PayPal from here.


Fill in the Form

Prepare the 4 files (identity document-max 1 MB, illustration-max 8 MB, Attachment B-max 1 MB, and payment receipt-max 1 MB)
needed to be attached and
fill out the form from here.

Open the form

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Learn more details.

How many illustrations can I submit to participate in the Contest?

It is possible to participate in the Cose Belle Contest by sending one (1) unpublished and original artwork related to the theme of the Contest and respecting the technical requirements as indicated in the Regulations.

What is meant by an unpublished work?

Artwork is considered unpublished, and therefore accepted in the Cose Belle Illustration Contest, if it has not been nominated in other competitions.

Can I participate with an illustration that has already been published on social media?

Yes, you can participate with an illustration already published on social networks if you think it is relevant to the theme of the contest.

Can I publish the submitted illustration on my social networks before the competition expires?

Yes, of course you can. Let your followers know that the illustration wants to express the theme of The fifth edition of the Cose Belle Illustration Contest. It is also important that you tag @cosebelle.festival and use the hashtag #cosebellecontest.

Do the artworks have to be sent in?

No. Our organization will print the 40 works selected by the Jury, in order to set up the collective exhibition; it will be important for us to receive only the works made with the traditional technique, painted by hand.

Where can I find Annex B to fill in and attach to participate in the Contest?

Annex B is found in the final part of the Regulations. It is downloadable from here.

Will my work be published on the website?

Yes, all the illustrations received which are in line with the Regulations, will be published in a permanent digital Exhibition on the website. We hope to be able to upload them all by the end of February 2021.

Can I create my illustration with any technique?

Yes, you can create your artwork with any technique you like, by hand or digitally. However, it’s very important that the paper complies with the technical requirements and the shipping instructions indicated in the Regulations.

Is a contribution required to participate in the illustration contest?

Yes, we require a contribution of 15.00 euros to cover administrative costs (for payments from Italy and abroad, 15 euros + 0.95 cents PayPal fee).

Do you receive public funding to carry out the illustration competition?

No, we are a resilient company and we do not receive public contributions.

What are the official hashtags with which I can share my work on social networks?

The official hashtags are #cosebellecontest and #cosebellefestival. Also remember to tag @CoseBelleFestival, so it will be easier for us to share.

Do you need more information or assistance?
No panic, send a mail.

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