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BilBOlbul International Comics Festival

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 05:26
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Bologna, 2nd – 6th March 2011

curated by Hamelin Cultural Association

The 5th edition of the BilBOlBul comics festival will take place in Bologna, Italy from the 2nd to the 6th March 2011. It is curated by the Hamelin Cultural Association.

This edition of the festival evolves around three thematic axes: the author as the centre of creation; the overlapping between the comics language and this of other arts; and the popular approach.



José Muñoz

Part of the tradition of BilBOlbul are broad retrospectives to masters of contemporary comics. This edition pays tribute to the Argentinian José Muñoz (born in 1942) and his work, with an exhibition and a meeting with the author. The second large show during the festival is dedicated to the Italian Vanna Vinci (born in 1964). Both the exhibitions will be housed at the Civic Archeological museum.


Vanna Vinci

One of the central points of the fifth edition is the connection between comics and literature, a proposal that sees an important collaboration with the University of Bologna Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia. A meeting with Davide Toffolo about Pasolini as well as a third large exhibition on the work of Grazia Nidasio are dedicated to this subject.


Grazia Nidasio

Second focus of the festival is comics and children: Cineteca di Bologna will house a programme fully dedicated to children with exhibitions, workshops, screenings and meetings with authors. Furthermore Nettuno Place will host a big reading game dedicated to Tove Jansson’s Moomins.

This year, meetings and exhibitions will see the presence of Florent Ruppert & Jerome Mulot (France), Brecht Evens (Belgium), Mariana Chiesa Mateos (Argentina) and Luca Schenardi (Switzerland).

Considering the strong connection between comics and cinema, BilBOlbul in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bolgona, will present a series of previews of important films, documentaries and animation movies strongly connected to comics.

The main location of the Festival is Salaborsa covered square, where BilBOlbul public will have the chance to meet the guest authors, who will sign and draw on books.

Migrations – A story for history in comics (4th – 6th March at  Magnani Palace Unicredit) is the comics contest among Illustration and Comics students and it was by Unidea – UniCredit Foundation, in collaboration with the Hamelin Cultural Association and the Bologna Fine Arts Academy. Young artists were asked to illustrate a story about migration written by UniCredit employees.

This year’s BilBOlbul logo is designed by Paper Resistance.

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