Logo competition winners announced

Published: Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Oxford City Council is delighted to announce the winners of the logo competition to mark the 70th anniversary of the twinning link between Oxford and Bonn.

In January, the City Council invited children and adults to design a logo to mark the anniversary. Forty eight different designs were submitted and four winners were selected by honorary judge, writer and illustrator Ted Dewan.

  • Primary School entries:
    • winner: joint design from West Oxford Primary School pupils Thea Weller, Petek Tur and Hana Thompson.
    • runner-up: West Oxford Primary School pupil Catherine Andrews
  • Adult entries and overall winners:
    • Ihab Khalifa (Oxford resident) and Daniel Kort (Bonn resident).

Both winners and runner-up from the Primary School category will receive a ‘Bonn-Oxford’ teddy bear. In addition, the designers of the winning Primary School entry will receive an Oxford Story Museum voucher.

Ihab Khalifa will receive two tickets to any Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra concert and Daniel Kort will receive a similar prize for a concert in Bonn.

Ted Dewan will combine the two overall winners’ entries into a single logo to be used in promotional material for Bonn Week 2017.

Bonn Week is celebrated every four years in Oxford. This year’s twinning celebrations will take place from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May, and include Burgerfest, a Family Fun Day at the Museum of Oxford and a “Come and Sing” performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in which local choral singers are invited to join with 100 singers from Bonn, Rising Star young professional soloists and the Oxford Studio Orchestra.

Ted Dewan said: "Bonn Week brings the ox and the lion together for a jolly mashup of events. I'm pleased to have had the privilege of reviewing all the logo entries, seeing some terrific work on the theme of the two cities coming together.

“Bonn Week reminds us that although the UK is leaving the EU, it's decidedly not leaving Europe; ties like those that bind our twinned cities will be all the more precious in the future."

Board Member for Culture and Communities, Councillor Christine Simm, said: “I would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition either by submitting an entry or by supporting the initiative. Special thanks to Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oxford Story Museum and the Bonn Link for providing prizes, Ted Dewan for offering his time and expertise, and West Oxford Primary School for taking on board the initiative.

“I look forward to seeing the logo at Bonn Week 2017 celebrations in May and I would like to invite residents to join in.”