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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
On the 25th March, exactly 60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty and just a few hundred meters away from Val Duchesse were the Treaty was drafted, Friedrich Naumann Foundation and ALDE Party invited the liberal community to celebrate the occasion which paved the way and laid the foundation of what is now the European Union.