It all started last summer. My husband and I went to Italy on holidays. We thought it would be great to say hello to the Italian cartoonists Agim Sulaj and Alessandro Gatto. So we did. During our visit to Castelfranco, Gatto did suggest us to meet the organizers of the cartoon festival Umoristi a Marostica, one of the oldest European cartoon festivals. We had a great evening and shared a lot of ideas.
A few months later I got a mail to invite me to the jury, of course I accepted the invitation with pleasure! After the jury meeting, the colleagues mentioned the opening ceremony and that I should attend it. Ok, but why not with the whole ECC-team?
So back home I did sent a mail to all team members: ‘anyone who likes to come with us to Italy for the opening ceremony of Marostica?’ I did get prompt replies and so we planned a 4-day trip to Italy with 8 ECC-members: Jan, Veronique, Monique, Dominique, Pol, Rudy, Fernand and myself.
We rented a minibus and cruised around Veneto and visited Venice.
On Saturday 5pm the opening ceremony took place in the beautiful castle of Marostica, but we … we were to late. Something went wrong with the booking of the hotel rooms. Pol Leurs, winner of the contest, text me: ‘on t’attends’ (we are waiting for you). When we arrived, half an hour later, the ceremony already started. The prize-winners were announced! Wow, that chess game, as trophee for the winner, looks so great! I am a little bit jealous.
The presentation of the works was very professional and there was a nice atmosphere. People are really enjoying the exhibition. At 8pm a buffet was organized with traditional food of the region and finally there was a performance with music and poetry about the festival theme ‘traveling’. We enjoyed meeting Italian cartoonists.
As European Cartoon Center we find it important to have contacts with other organizations and cartoonists, a cartoon festival is a pleasant and effective way to do that.
So we had a great time during the opening ceremony and the whole weekend. We should do that again. Ok next year, an other festival, an other country. Any suggestions?