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WIKI LOVES FESTIVALS


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Introduction to Wiki Loves Festivals

How often do you witness and capture the display of rich culture, beautiful faces, magnificent ancient traditions, and charming ornaments exhibited during festivals? Are these captivating moments you witness during festivals a true reflection of how they are represented on the web? Festivals are an essential part of the human race and it depicts the way of life of a group of people. Festivals are used to communicate and preserve ancient occurrences, these are done through the songs (folksongs), stories (folktales), and actions exhibited during the celebration.

Festivals are celebrated for many reasons or are celebrated to tell different stories about a particular tribe or culture, usually having backgrounds relating to an occurrence in the history of that culture. They are meant to celebrate or commemorate special moments and emotions in the lives of people. From Glastonbury Festival in England, the Homowo festival in Ghana, the Sango Fire festival in Nigeria, and to the various carnivals in the Caribbean.

Albeit the importance of festivals, they are scarcely covered on Wikimedia Commons and often limited to stubs on Wikipedia. Many of these articles, even if they exist, lack photos or videos to further visualize, tell the story, or enrich the experience of the reader or seekers of such knowledge.

In our bid to promote culture and heritage, we at Open Foundation West Africa are running The Wiki Loves Festivals campaign again this year, after a pilot of the project with several members of the Ghanaian community in 2019. We wish to use this campaign as a medium to promote the importance of Festivals and to seek to improve the visualization of such content on Wikipedia.

How to participate

  1. Prepare your photos of any festival celebrated in your country
  2. Sign in or Create a New Account on Wikimedia Commons
  3. Name your photos well
  4. Use our Upload Button at the top OR Click here to upload as many as you can
  5. Share your upload success on social media with our hashtags: #wlf #wlf2021
  6. And wait patiently for the results! All the best!


Timeline

  • Campaign Duration: 1st July, 2021 to 31 October, 2021
  • Upload Duration: 1st October to 31st October 2021

Project scope and activities

Photowalks and exploration:

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