Angoulême – Cultural acceptance

Posted by on January 30th, 2011 at 7:55 AM

The best part of being at the festival in Angoulême is the general feeling of comics being accepted as a valid cultural art form. This acceptance runs on all levels of society, one example being the big statue of Hergé, the creator of Tintin, the symbol of the whole French-speaking comics culture, in the middle of town.

My favourite event of every festival in Angoulême is another example of this acceptance, and of the readyness with which comics are mixed with other art forms here: the comics concerts. Above can be seen (or maybe not, my old iPhone not being the best of cameras in a dark room) the concert which was held with the festival president, artist Baru and the American rockabilly band Hwavy Trash, which I saw last night. Baru and two more artist interpreted this hardcore rockabilly band’s music for almost two hours, and the audience was so involved that the security people several times had to chase dancing people off the stage. When did you last see that happen at a comics event?

Today I saw the recurring show Concert de dessin, which consist of a number of big name artists drawing a story on stage, while a group of musicians interpret their drawings. I’ve seen this before, but it is always a pleasure, not the least as it takes place in a beautiful old building with the atmosphere of centuries of cultural events built into its walls.

Oh well, now I am packing my bags and getting ready to leave for Paris and a few days of writing, meetings and maybe an exhibition or two. As I have stated before, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it.

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