Grants:Project/Rapid/Wiki Loves Folklore/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • To read the approved grant submission describing the plan for this project, please visit Grants:Project/Rapid/Wiki Loves Folklore.
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Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went? Yes we are really satisfied with the outcome of a year’s worth of efforts that made this project possible. The results of the project are exceptionally quality based. Commons:Wiki Loves Folklore Photography Contest Wiki Loves Folklore Wikipedia Contest Top contributors


Please report on your original project targets.

  1. Number of participants: In the 2019 iteration, we had the participation of around 1500 people from 100 countries. We would target at least 500 participants this time.
  2. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 2000 plus
  3. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: The next campaign would be organized to illustrate the articles on wikipedia.
  4. 3400 articles created. We got participation from around 20 affiliates and language Wikipedia from 18 languages and 6 projects from Asia, Europe and Africa.
Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
500 participants 1439 users in Commons Contest and 350 plus users in Wikipedia Contest The number of participants had diversity in terms of 120+ countries, over 20+ languages and gender diversity among local organizers and participants.
2000 new images uploaded 19000 new images from Contest, 140 videos, 13 audios on folk music The amount of images received were three times the results of last year due to focussed category details provided to users in this year’s contest.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

What worked well? The theme of this project was to document folk culture of different regions around the globe including, folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, folk arts, folk religion, mythology etc. The outcome resulted in 19000 unique images from rich cultures of 120+ countries, the majority of them covering the important gaps of media files missing from the Folk articles of Wikipedia. The best and most proud success of the project is the coverage of indegenous cultures of global south and culture coverage from countries where there is still no Wikimedia affiliate or any organized group from countries such as Bhutan and Afghanistan and many other Asian and African regions of the world. Over 1496 photographers took part and around 20 affiliates collaborated in the project. A concurrent campaign was organized in Wikipedia to cover content about women in folklore and mythology and around 3400 articles have been created in 18 different languages covering the regional personalities and mythology. The international Jury did a splendid job in supporting the jury work of this contest. And we had a categorization team from different regions of the world to support the regional categorization of the native folklore images.

  • What did not work so well?

This was a well designed campaign where we did pre work for identifying the gaps on Wikimedia projects and clearly outlined them on the main campaign page.

  • What would you do differently next time?

We will ensure that we define a detailed plan for categorization work with examples of the categories along with tutorials so users can have easy to navigate category page specifically designed for the main category and if possible in more languages than English.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

SNO Item Budget
1 2nd prize coupon 300
2 3rd prize coupon 100
3 top uploader prize for Commons and Wikipedia contest 150
4 best video 25
5 best audio 25
6 consolation prizes 60
7 Expenses for g suite and hosting subscription charges for e-postcards and certificates 552
8 Gift Coupons for WLF Wikipedia edition for winners and jury 638

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds? No