Upcoming Event: Animate Europe International Comics Competition 2017 – Award Ceremony

Animate Europe International Comics Competition 2017

Award ceremony, exhibition and reception

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 18.30-21.30

Venue: Belgian Comic Strip Center, Rue des Sables, 1000 Brussels

The EU has surely experienced easier times – outside forces and
internal struggles are shaking the once strong and confident body to its very core. The European heartbeat has lost its rhythm. What can we do to “Re-Animate Europe”? That is the question the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom asked comic artists and graphic novelists in the third round of their international comic competition “Re-Animate Europe”. Find out what vision our seven finalists, selected out of more than 70 entries, have for a newly revived Europe”!

Have a look at the entries and meet the artists!


18.30 Registration

19.00 Award ceremony

20.00 Reception/ atmospheric music by Sofie la Digue & the Blue Skies

Kindly register for this event before 7 July 2017: https://tinyurl.com/reanimate2017 *

Willem De Graeve
Director, Belgian Comic Strip Center

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort
Member of the Board of Directors, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Gesine Meissner MEP,
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Maura McHugh     &       Gert Jan Pos
Comic Book Writer        Teacher, editor, photographer
Re-Animate Europe Jury Members

Hans H. Stein
Director European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

*Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly, please send an email to register.brussels@fnst.org. Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.

Belgium: Kingdom of Comics

Why did we choose the medium of comics, for our Animate Europe competition (currently running in its third round)? Why not movies or caricatures or something else entirely? It might have to do with the fact that we’re right in the heart of comic country Belgium. Willem de Graeve, Director of the Belgian Comic Strip Center  and jury member in our first two Animate Europe competition rounds, gives us some insights into why the “ninth art” is so popular in Belgium.

With more than 700 professional comic strip authors, Belgium has more comic strip artists per square kilometer than any other country in the world. It is in this country where comic strips have grown from a popular medium into an art in its own right. Nowhere else are comics so deeply rooted in everyday life and in peoples’ imagination.
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