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Call for entries: 50 Years of Teletext Art!

Teletext 50 years celebration art by Dan Farrimond
Dan Farrimond
Note: this post will be updated as more information is confirmed.

In September of this year, teletext will be hitting the half century, the big five-oh.

To celebrate this milestone, Ceefax’s golden anniversary, we will be hosting an online festival of teletext art! As usual, it’s just for fun, but we do hope to foster some friendly rivalries.

Following the success of recent projects including Summer of Teletext and the Teletext Advent Calendar, Yle Text (Finland) will once again exhibit your teletext artwork.*

We are also looking into ways your work can be integrated into the 50th anniversary teletext meetup in Cambridge on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2024.

*Other services TBC


More may be added. Alternatively, you can choose to depict something else entirely.

  • What else was happening the year Ceefax was launched? Here is a list of events from 1974 to help you.
  • How would you celebrate teletext’s 50th birthday? Perhaps you could write it a birthday card or draw it a present?
  • What other events took place during teletext’s lifetime (1974-2024)? Are there any significant occasions you would like to immortalise in teletext form?

TV Broadcast Guidelines

We are hoping that some of the entries will be broadcast on actual teletext services. Here are a few things to take into consideration if you would like your artwork to be shown.

1. We will accept these formats:

  • Web editor links (edit-tf and ZXNet)
  • Teletext files (TTI, EP1, TTX, T42 etc.) from any teletext editor

2. You can also enter as many artworks as you like, but we may select one, some, none, all or many of your artworks for broadcast.

3. We request that since the artworks will be shown on non-English language services, you keep English text to a minimum.

4. Be aware that when pages are broadcast on teletext services, the header and fastext rows are overwritten, so try not to use them in your art. See this image which indicates where these are located.

5. Level 1/1.5 Teletext only for this project – Yle does not support Level 2.5 (the one with the extra colours).

6. No copyrighted characters, please!

7. You retain copyright of your work, but give permission for it to be shown on the teletext service(s) listed above (Yle) and for an archive to be kept at

Need help?

A beginner to the teletext fold, or just looking for inspiration? These resources may be of help…

If you have a question about anything at all, I’m happy to help. Use one of the methods listed below to get in touch.

Deadline: est. August/September 2024

Send your entries to:
hello [at] teletextart [dot] co [dot] uk
@illarterate on Twitter/X
Teletext Discord (#teletext-art)

Written By

Teletext artist and head mad scientist at the UK Teletext Art Research Lab (TARL). | hello [at] teletextart (dot) co *dot* uk |

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