The extraordinary Brussels Fine Arts Palace known as BOZAR joins Parc de Bruxelles as the nerve centre of this year’s Brussels Comic Strip Festival. These iconic spots in the Belgian capital will offer an even wider array of activities at the Brussels Comic Strip Festival, combining exhibitions, autograph sessions, conferences, sales, events.
This year preview film screenings will be held for the first time. Still mainly free of charge, the essential end-of-summer event runs from 1st through 3 September 2017. For its eighth edition, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is reinventing itself. Indeed, this year the Festival is setting aside some of its marquees in favour of BOZAR, the sumptuous Fine Arts Palace of Brussels. Each site will offer specific programmes along the following lines.
BOZAR At BOZAR specifically, all of the major exhibitions will gather, such as “Gaston: The Giant and the Gaffe ,” “Thorgal,” “Titeuf,” “Voyeur,” “A Méroll World,” “Silent,” “Knock Outside Komiks,” etc. Jean-David Morvan, president of the Raymond Leblanc Prize and sponsor of the Atomium Prizes will set up a cocoon room at Bozar and make himself at home: take tea, invite his other friends over, discuss the latest 9th Art trends, sign a few spontaneous autographs, comment on freshly inked panels.
IN short, curious visitors will be able to get a sneak peek at the everyday comic strip life of this great French writer. Fans seeking loud, absurd humour will meet up at Max Vandervorst’s off-the-wall show: “TRAGAWDOUKOUTRRR: Ode to the Gaffophone.” He will bring forth melodies from the strangest objects such as a supermarket trolley, a flat vacuum cleaner, and even a bottlephone, intended to be a stirring tribute to good old Gaston. Another event not to be missed, Glénat, will go all out to honour one of its main characters, Titeuf, as well as his creator Zep. In addition to that, a motley assortment of activities will spring up all over the place: Ballon Media will offer its share of autograph sessions in Dutch; The Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Zine Zone will express their perspective on independent comics and young authors; and numerous conferences and round tables will help provide a closer look at many topics related to the 9th Art. Finally, festival goers will have the chance to attend exclusive screenings throughout the weekend: preview screenings, author sessions, and themed Cinematek screenings.