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Mehregan Artistic Design Competition

Press Release by NIPOC 


The 2008 Mehregan Festival Committee is announcing the 13th Annual Mehregan Festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th at Orange County Fair & Expo Center in Costa Mesa, California.


This year for the first time, Mehregan is offering an Artistic Design Competition.  The Organizing Committee is looking for a fresh look for the festival entry area, site and the bazaar/marketplace.   Using the theme of PEACE, we are inviting all university students to enter this design competition as a team.  Artistic teams can each provide up to three different entries.   A $2,000 to $5,000 honorarium will be paid to the winning team, and due credit will be provided on all printed materials to the team selected.



This year, also for first time we are offering limited number of free display spaces to Visual Arts students to showcase their art at the festival.  We invite Artistic teams and individual art students to contact Mehregan at or call 949-851-3993 for an appointment to discuss qualification.



  • Participation is FREE.

  • Applicants must contact NIPOC/Mehregan by August 29th to be considered for this competition. 

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a university or an institution of higher education.

  • Maximum of 3 entries per artistic team accepted.

  • All artistic design should be represented through sketches using color.

  • Design theme must be non-religion and non-political. 

  • The Review Panel is seeking a quality design that is practical and would appeal to festival Persian patrons from a cultural point of view. 

  • If selected, the winning design will become part of The Mehregan Festival and the festival will hold sole rights to reuse the theme, and reproduce images for publicity on various items and advertisements.

  • Only entries which meet the stated guidelines will be considered. 

  • Selected Design teams will also be responsible for implementation of their design, and for all festival decorations.




Deadline to register as design team is August 20, 2008

Deadline for all design entries is August 30, 2008


Please contact Mehregan Arts Committee at to request photos of previous festival designs and decorations. 


Please mail your design package to:


Mehregan Festival, "Artistic Design Competition"

2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 258, Irvine, CA 92612





The winning entry will be selected by a Review Panel appointed by the Festival Artistic Committee.  The Review Panel reserves the right to refuse the submissions which do not meet the eligibility requirements.




The winning teams will receive:


  • Credit for their work in print materials associated with the Mehregan Festival;

  • Cash award ranging from $2,000 to $5,000;

  • Special recognition on main stage during the festival

  • Free display space to showcase their art at Artist's Village

  • Membership at Mehregan Organizing Committee





Interested teams are required to submit a minimum five-page description of their idea, including sketches, complete with the description and materials to use. A one-page material budget is also required.  From the sketches and interview of each team, 3 finalists will be selected.  The finalists will be given subsidy to support their creations.  The finalists will be responsible for all on-site decoration and installations.  All design teams are required to design the festival site on Friday, October 10th.   Festival decoration must be completed by Saturday, October 11th at 7:00 A.M.

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