Here at Sixteen Colors we have not done a great job of covering events occurring in the scene. We covered the 20 goto 10 gallery in 2007, but have ignored everything else. This is an attempt to remedy that problem.
"Evoke 2009":http://www.evoke.eu/ was this past weekend, July 31 to August 2. Evoke is a demoparty held in Cologne, Germany and is one of the few demo parties that continues to support the ANSI and ASCII communities. Evoke was created in 1997 by members of "Black Maiden":http://www.blackmaiden.de/ and has run an ANSI and ASCII art competition at each party since it's inception (there was no Evoke in 2001). Evoke is also the only demo party that allows ANSI and ASCII artists the option to submit their entries remotely. Keep that in mind for next year!
This year the competition saw a resurgence in the textmode medium. It is the first time in several years that ANSI/ASCII and Amiga were split into two separate categories. The ANSI and ASCII category had nine entries and the Amiga category had seven entries. The entries were primarily European artists, as is typical of the Evoke competition. Unfortunately I am not familiar with most of the artists, but everyone put in a great effort. Evoke attendees are all given an opportunity to rate their top three images. From those rankings, the final list is created. The results "were revealed":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugUYWwK3Byc during the demo party and seemed to get an enthusiastic response. It would be fantastic if in following years we can increase the exposure of the ANSI and ASCII mediums by contributing more to the competition.