About the project

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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Create an European cultural consortium

WHY?

Historical comic strips have a past in the Balkans based on nationalist speech and communist propaganda or simply do not have a past (the case of Albania). Unfortunately, in many cases, the sins of the past also characterize the present Balkan comic strips. The cultural speech is marked by cultural and social clichés and stereotypes. Then, the regional art market of historical comic strips is poor, divided and self-governing.

HOW?

A European network for the world of historical comic strips and the cooperation of comic strips artists.

The cultural consortium of partners from Albania, Belgium, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia says CAN to create a cross-border cultural network in order to facilitate the cooperation between artists and specialists in the world of historical comic strips in the Western Balkans and the European Union, in the spirit of European Union values.

FOR

WHAT?

The cultural consortium wants to change the bad perspective (inefficient, divided and individual) of historical comics in the Balkans.

To create historical comic strips works in the spirit of European Union values .

HOW?

  • encourage the creative exploration of history by comic strips artists in order to provide new works, original and unconventional contributions for the interpretation of European history in general and Balkan history in particular, with an impact on cultural spaces dominated by a cultural heritage with nationalist accents or cultural and social clichés and stereotypes;
  • the achievement of a working environment (digital archive and historical studies) for the history of comic strips.
  • call for the artistic environment organized internationally (not only for artists from the Western Balkans, but also at European / worldwide level);
  • promoting historical comic strips through cultural actions:
    1) EXHIBITION,
    2) RESEARCH PROJECT,
    3) ONLINE PLATFORM,
    4) PUBLIC DEBATES
    in Leskovac, Veles and Tirana about cultural and social clichés and stereotypes in the Balkan world and their interpretation in comic strips.

FOR

WHOM?

But the project is NOT only aimed at professional target groups (artists, specialists, organizations) or passionate about comic strips but also the general public and the local communities hosting the project.

An important objective of the project is to increase the audience for the field of comic strips by offering free access of the general public to attractive cultural events ( the itineration of the project exhibition, in the partner countries), as well as online presentation (digital platform for the project).


CALL

ORGANIZING THE INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FOR ARTISTS