Our main assets to become UNESCO's Creative City


As a Creative City of Literature-ComicStrips, Angoulême envisages 9 proposalsfor developing the Ninth Art


Leading international discussions on Comic Art

Open at 2019 national comics meetings at the international


Sharing know-how on Comic Art

Supporting the development of events abroad, Network of Comic Strip Festivals


Developing hosting capacity for creation

Writers’ residencies, network of writers, assign grants of authors to facilitate the reception of authors…


Protecting creation on the international stage

International Market of Rights


Organising spatial planning of the city through Comic Art

Reinforce urban planning around the comic strip (concerted strategy, development of the image district, inclusion of comic strips in daily life…) and create an international prize for urban creation around the comic strip and implement the award-winning projects


Facilitating access to Comics-based university

Developing the reception of foreign students on the image campus and propose an UNESCO Chair comic in connection with the research Federation around the EESI, the CNAM and the University of Poitiers.


Defending women-led creation

Promoting the place of women in artistic creation (Residences, exhibitions, valorization of productions and awards of authors…)


Promoting creation and heritage with an international dimension

Develop co-productions of exhibitions, cross-residencies of authors, scientific co-operation…
Enhancing the international heritage of comics with UNESCO’s memory of the world programme in connection with Belgium, Asia and America


Shoring up social ties with young people through Comic Art

Exchange on pedagogical experiments centred on the comic as a social link (Resource Centre for artistic and cultural education, art and cultural education, culture bubble in schools, colleges and Heritage, project of establishment in the framework of a school grouping in sensitive urban area, competition of the school comics, establishments with option, internship of excellence comic, ESAT graphic arts…)
Fostering exchanges between schools and their openness to the UNESCO schools network
Sensitize young people to the preservation of cultural and natural heritage from comics and image with the international Odyssey project



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.).