Yesterday we went to Bruges, the beautiful UNESCO Heritage protected town in the North of Belgium.
Since a few years the city of Bruges is organizing a cartoon festival, at first it was a rather small event in a pub. Now for the 6th edition the cartoon exhibition is located in the fantastic Jan Garemijn hal in Bruges’ Belfry Tower in the heart of the historical city center. A dream location as you know that thousands of tourists are passing this location (in winter) every day! But it is also a very exclusive location, where the works are very well presented.
The prize-winning ceremony was short: a small introduction, a little word by a representative of the Bruges Municipalty and a jury report of André Nollet.
The number of participants was extremely high this year: 757 cartoonists send more than 1500 cartoons to Bruges. All about the theme: Crime and Punishment. Only 94 cartoons were exposed, and so it is a pitty that, due to the great number of entrees, a lot of cartoonists were not selected.
- 1st prize: Lothar Otto – Germany
- 2nd prize: Pawel Kuczynski – Poland
- 3th prize: Theiler Wolfgang – Germany
You can find the online catalogue here.
Next to the works of the cartoonale it self there is a great exhibition with cartoons of Florian Doru Crihana about Bruges. I do remember that we showed Florian around in Bruges and that he told us how much he liked the city. My prompt reaction was: ‘why don’t you make a series about Bruges, as you did about Venice’ – and now a year later this series is presented in the historical heart of the city. A lot of Lace, chocolates, the beautiful canals and the minnewater, … . Amazing work from a top artist!
So it was a nice gathering with cartoon friends again (Pol Leurs, Norbert Van Yperzeele, Ludo, Lejon, Nikola Hendrickx, André Nollet, Ronald Van Ostayen, Tuur Edward, Siggy Slockx, …).
The exhibitions are open every day from 10am till 5 pm, Belfry Tower, Brugge untill the 27th of January. Admission is free.