The exhibition of the international project “CAN for Balkans” had its premiere at Coresi Shopping Resort, Brașov, Romania, within the 5th edition of the Brașov International Historical Comic Strip Festival. A multimedia section presents in an original and creative form, including video animations, the results of the research project on the history of historical comics in the Balkans, with a focus on clichés and stereotypes used by comic book authors for the Balkan world. Another section presents the contemporary perspective on the Balkans in history in the form of 64 original comics made by 67 artists, of which 27 artists from eight countries were selected in the international competition of the European project, organized between March and July 2022.

The curator of the exhibition is the director of the festival, Nicolae Pepene, the manager of the Brașov County History Museum, the manager of the “CAN for Balkans – Comics Alliance Networking” project, a project of the “Creative Europe” program, the call “Consolidation of cultural cooperation and the competitiveness of cultural industries” and creative in the Western Balkans”. The exhibition presented in Brașov will later travel to Tirana, Brussels, Veles (North Macedonia) and Leskovac (Serbia).

The exhibition is carried out within the project “CAN for BALKANS – Comics Alliance Networking for Balkans” financed by the program “Creative Europe” by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) – Brussels, as part of the call Consolidation of the Cultural Cooperation and Competitiveness of the Cultural and Creative Industries in the Western Balkans (EACEA 39/2019).

Project leader: Brașov County History Museum

Project partners: National Historical Museum of Albania, Comics Art Museum Brussels – Belgian Comic Strip Center, Comic Center of Macedonia (North Macedonia), Leskovac Comic School “Nikola Mitrovic Kokan” (Serbia)