Cartoon Festival in Knokke-Heist takes a closer look at human existence

The 63rd edition of the Cartoon Festival starts in Knokke-Heist on Saturday with the theme Choose Life, featuring art by Belgian and international cartoonists at three locations.

Curator Christophe Floré chose Pieter De Poortere as guest curator and his creation Boerke as a source of inspiration this year. In the thematic exhibition Choose Life, everything revolves around the question: how do we shape our lives? Is it fate, or do our choices play a crucial role?

The cartoonists were inspired by the many aspects of the human existence for this exhibition that "explores the mix of unrest and humour in a world that seems to be becoming increasingly absurd".


This year, the festival has entered into a creative collaboration with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (OBV). With its season theme, Hop Hop, OBV has put cartoons in the spotlight for its upcoming productions. Festival visitors will be immersed in a "listening shower" in Ravelingen Hall, creating a unique way to hear opera.

Ravelingen Hall, the festival's main location, will host a live drawing battle between De Poortere, Kim Duchateau and Niet Nu Laura. The artists will be given numerous assignments to be judged by the audience ​ in real-time.

Meanwhile, Koudekerke Park hosts an open-air gallery featuring the best 100 cartoons from Belgian newspapers, magazines and social media from the last year. Cartoonists from 70 countries submitted more than 2,000 cartoons for the Golden Hat Competition, the oldest cartoon competition in the world. The winners are featured at Museum HEY.

In addition to these exhibitions are signing sessions, workshops and other activities. The free exhibition runs until 1 September.

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