The soul of Cesis


enter for free until JUNE 15, 2021

YOU ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT YOUR urban sketch of our festival hometown Cesis

Theme: The soul of Cesis

Deadline: JUNE 15, 2021

We are happy to announce the call to artists all around the world to take part in the festival warm-up ​event and sketch a postcard of Cēsis - a hometown of the Baltic Sketching festival!

We plan to give 5 designs as a thank you present to Cesis selected by our jury. Cesis city council has promised to print 150 of each as postcards and use them in representation and in Cesis Tourism and Information Center.


Artists are invited to take a virtual or real-life walk in Cesis, Latvia, feel the soul of the city and turn it into an urban sketch. You are welcome to apply by sending:

  • high quality scan of your sketch made by any media (except digital) e.g. ink, watercolor, markers, pencils etc. (minimum 300 dpi, minimal format of an artwork A5)

  • your name/pseudonym as you wish it to be displayed

  • if you are participating in children group - your/ your kid's age

  • your country of residence

  • short bio (3-4 sentences)

  • title of the artwork

  • description of the place and the date of sketching

  • technique and materials used, approximate sketching time.


Please  email this info to until June 15, 2021 (12 PM GMT+3). One artist can submit up to three sketches.

You can post the works you submitted on social media (Facebook, Instagram) with following hashtags: #bsf_exhibit #balticsketchingfest #balticsketchingfestival2021. 


Qualified jury will select 5 sketches in adult group and 5 sketches in children group. Only 5 winning designs from both groups are going to be printed as postcards. Each artists will be contacted personally in case of selection.

The works will be evaluated taking into account their originality, quality of the artwork, quality of the scan.


Artists of the best sketches will receive prizes by our sponsors - DeepDeepLight watercolors, Lotte's Papaery, SMLT Art paper and Kunst & Hobbi.


The submitting artist owns the copyright to his/her sketch as its author.

By submitting an entry to the competition “The Soul of Cesis” artists give Baltic Sketching Festival and Cēsis City Council permission for the entry to be printed as a postcard (150 pieces of each design) if selected and to be used on the Baltic Sketching Festival/Cēsis city website and its social media channels crediting the artist. The artists give Baltic Sketching Festival and Cēsis Coty Council the right to use their name and city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying the artist as the author of the entry.

Please feel free to ask any questions by email:

For inspiration please visit this gallery by Cēsis Information and Tourism Center.