International Contest: Creation of “Comic strip”-inspired street furniture

International Contest: Creation of “Comic strip”-inspired street furniture

 

Angoulême in the colours of comics!

 

These Angoumoisins are crazy!

These Angoumoisins are crazy!

 

The FIBD 2022 was an opportunity to celebrate two comic geniuses, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

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“Ville d’après” contest

“Ville d’après” contest

 

What city for tomorrow?

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FIBD, the return!

FIBD, the return!

 

Long time no see!

What a pleasure to have met you again for our International Comics Festival, after more than two long years!

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Angoulême raises the Pavilion!

Angoulême raises the Pavilion!

 

Angoulême, UNESCO Creative City for Literature, opened its Pavilion for the first time!

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Reykjavik residency programme

Reykjavik residency programme

Reykjavik, Iceland capital and UNESCO creative city of literature, launches an open call for its residency programme.

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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.).