The French UNESCO creative cities in Angoulême

The French UNESCO creative cities in Angoulême

Angoulême welcomes the French UNESCO creative cities at the occasion of the French-speaking film festival of Angoulême.

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Cities of literature bookshops tour

Cities of literature bookshops tour

Melbourne City of Literature highlights the Cities of literature bookshops through a series of fascinating articles !

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Angoulême souvenirs pop !

Angoulême souvenirs pop !

Discover the « Angoulême UNESCO creative city » pop up card and book mark signed by Elodie Boureille !

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Angoulême, comics all summer

Angoulême, comics all summer

The Angoulême tourist office organises free animations for all around comics.

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The young talents reflect on their future world

The young talents reflect on their future world

On July 9th, the 120 children from Angoulême, Saint Saturnin, Soyaux, L’Isle d’Espagnac and Champniers presented their creations following the comic strip workshops.

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Tribute to Uderzo’s work

Tribute to Uderzo’s work

Angoulême, world capital of comics and UNESCO creative city for Literature, pays tribute to one of the most famous European comics artists: Albert Uderzo, who passed away in March 2020.

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Xavier Bonnefont

The Mayor of Angoulême

Since it was founded in 1974, Angoulême’s International Comic Strip Festival (FIBD) has given rise to a whole new ecosystem in the conurbation, which is now a fully-fledged driver for socioeconomic and urban development. The city has transformed its sometimes struggling industrial economy into a predominantly tertiary activity grounded in visual arts-focused cultural industries.

The Visual Arts Campus has taken shape with 12 specialist graduate schools. An economic development centre, Magelis, has been set up to support and strengthen the growth of this industry. Specialist cultural facilities (such as the International Centre for Comic Strips and the Visual Arts, Musée de France accredited Comic Strip Museum or L’Alpha media library) have sprung up, and support schemes (including design grants, Centre for Writers, aid for corporate real estate, business incubators and more) now foster creativity and the creation of cultural businesses.

Urban planning projects take this new dimension into account (redevelopment of brownfield sites, repurposing the Saint-Cybard neighbourhood and Charente riverbanks for the visual arts, integration in the “Action Coeur de ville” national scheme for revitalising mid-sized city centres, street furniture, street signs, etc.).