Cultural Displays - Living Exhibits

Competitive Event


Students record a video of themselves presenting or demonstrating a traditional or contemporary spectacle or game or tell a story to teach some aspect of the target language or culture.

Number of entries

Maximum of two entries per language, per school (all levels included)


To be accepted into this entry, students:

  • Must be non-native speakers of their target language
    • Good judgment should be used to determine if a student is a native speaker or not. Any identified native-speaking participant will be disqualified in addition to his/her group.

Time limit

  • Maximum of six minutes to explain the presentation or demonstration
    • Time limit must be respected to avoid deduction of points.
  • Timing begins from the first spoken word to the last indicating the end of presentation.


Each exhibit will be played and judged by at least four different judges. The exhibit that receives more points wins!
Review judging criteria.

Additional details

  • Each exhibit must include a sign, conspicuously placed, on standard tri-fold board 36" x 48" (if applicable).
  • Exhibits will be restricted to an area approximately 10 x 10 feet.
  • No food, water, or live animals will be accepted. Competitors will be automatically disqualified if they bring food, water, or live animals.
  • Include full names of all participants, school name, and the title of your work on your exhibit.
  • Exhibit presentation or demonstration must be in the target language.
  • Only the best two exhibits will be selected for an award regardless of the target language.

Video recording procedure

  • Video should be recorded in one of the following formats: mp4 (MPEG-4), .mov (Apple Quick Time movie), or .3gp (3GPP).
  • Students must make sure that the audio is audible, the video is visible, and the image is in good quality prior to submission.
  • Students must test video to ensure that both the audio and video work perfectly prior to submission.
  • The video should be saved with the exhibit’s title, student or group and school’s names.
  • Time limit required of the exhibit must be respected.
  • After registration, each school representative will be provided a link and instructions for submitting the video file(s).