Yesterday afternoon we started our trip to Vianden to attend the opening and prize giving ceremony of the “5th International Festival of caricature and Cartoon Art”. With us in the car: the Belgian cartoonist Stefaan Provijn. The GPS obviously wanted us to do some sightseeing in a beautiful German landscape, and so we felt as we were having a little holiday break.
After kissing hello to Florin Balaban (the organizer of the contest), Pol Leurs (President of the jury) and his wife Gaby and guests Marlene Pohle and Agim Sulaj the prize distribution ceremony started.
Florin told us that 5 years of cartoonfestival in Vianden is at the same time ‘a lot’ and ‘not a lot’. He still has a lot of future plans for his festival.
This year was the first time a carticature section was added to the festival. Caricaturists from over the whole world were invited to draw the caricature of Victor Hugo or Ronald Searle. Victor Hugo did live in Vianden for several years so it was evident to choose him as the first ‘carticature topic’, but just before the publishing of the rules Ronald Searle did pass away and so, as a tribute, his name was added to the rules. Most caricaturists did choose to work with Victor Hugo. So did the prize-winners. The winner was Agim Sulaj with Hugo and the Castle of Vianden on his head.
Agim: ”I wanted to represent the green environment of Vianden and of course the beautiful Castle.”
The second prize was for the Australian David Rowe.
Florin : ‘I am so happy with these caricatures, they are so good, I am sure that if Victor Hugo had seen them, he would be very pleased.’
The cartoon section was this year about ‘Art’. Marlene Pohle made the winning cartoon.
Marlene about the inspiration for her cartoon: ‘When I go to the museum, I am always interested in the attendants, they are sitting there for hours and at the end I feel they really become part of the art.’
In her speech she thanked all female cartoonists in the world, ‘some of them really have to work in hard conditions’, said Pohle.
There was a honorable mention for our Stefaan Provijn. When he saw his awarded drawing hanging together with a drawing of Alessandro Gatto and Pawel Kuczynski, he got a little bit quiet. ‘Hmm, me and these great artists’, was his reaction. That is not difficult: he is great too!
After a glass and a visit to the exhibition in the beautiful castle of Vianden, we did go back to Belgium and ate a great pizza on our way back.
It was nice! Congrats to all who contributed to the success of this festival and especially to Florin and his wife Sandra.
By the way I think that this little Balaban will become a photographer!
You can find all results off the Vianden contest here
Some more photos on our Flickr pages: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzbEaiN