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Street Banner Design Contest!

Updated: May 26, 2023

The Calgary Chinatown street banners initiative, which commenced in the early 2000s, involves the periodic replacement of banners to offer a renewed visual appeal while reflecting the latest developments in our community. We have collaborated with Chinese calligraphers and local artists to design banners after the flood in 2013, We’ve also had banners related to the Chinese Zodiac. The three designs currently in Chinatown were selected during the last contest in 2021. Once again, we ask you to help us on designing a banner that will be used in Chinatown from 2023 to 2025 that showcases our rich cultural heritage.


To be eligible, participants must be 18 years or older and reside in Calgary, AB or the surrounding area.

The banner specifications require CMYK colour mode and a size of two 48" H x 24" W with two 2" pocket holes and bleed.

Multiple submissions are allowed. Each set of banners must have two sides (left and right), and the participant must submit a complete design layout for a set; otherwise, it will be considered forfeited.

Participants must include the Chinatown logo as a mandatory element in their design. The logo usage guideline and high-resolution file can be downloaded here:

Calgary Chinatown Logo Files
Download ZIP • 7.48MB


Designs that feature bright colours and contrasting colour combinations are highly desirable. We recommend keeping the design simple and avoiding intricate details that may be lost in printing. We encourage the inclusivity of Chinese culture in the design concept.

The banners will be printed on vinyl material with double-sided printing. Design longevity should be taken into consideration, as the banners will be displayed for a period of twelve to twenty-four months.

Your submission must include:
  • A brief description of your submission.

  • A rough sketch, a conceptual expression that reflects the description of your submission.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 26, 2023, @ 11:59PM (Mountain Time)

Judging Date: June 11

Banner Deployment: estimation July 1 2023 (Subjected to change)

How to Submit:

Email to, and attach your file (low res PDF or JPEG file maximum 5MB for initial viewing/voting purposes only), please note you will be asked for a high resolution for printing if your artwork is being selected.

In your email, please include the following details:

Name, address, contact phone number, email address

Artist Compensation:

A cash prize of $800 will be awarded for each set of designs that meets the criteria for success. The selected banners will be showcased in Chinatown for a duration of twelve to twenty-four months. It's noteworthy that an artist may be eligible to win all three design contests if the designs submitted meet our expectations.

Additional Notes:
  • Ownership of successful submission design remains to Chinatown Business Improvement Area and it will potentially be used on other platforms.

  • CBIA has to right to make any changes to the designs (with the collaboration of the artist) based on our needs and the participant is responsible to coordinate until it’s finalized (For example placement of an element or colours).

  • Digital submissions only will be considered. If an artist submits a hand-drawn design, they are responsible for providing a digital copy. The Chinatown BIA will not be held responsible for any file conversions.

  • If selected, you will be asked to send a high-resolution Adobe Illustrator (Ai) file OR a high-resolution PDF file.

  • Participants must include the Chinatown logo as a mandatory element in their design. The logo usage guideline and high-resolution file can be downloaded here.

Calgary Chinatown Logo Files
Download ZIP • 7.48MB

  • All designs must be original.

Good luck and we look forward to your submission!

- Calgary Chinatown BIA

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