The Angoulême International Comics Festival (Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême) is the largest comic festival in Europe, attracting world-wide interest. Taking over the whole town on the French Atlantic coast, it's now in its 40th year.
This is a huge 4-day fair, with exhibitions, shows, entertainment and events for even the most dedicated fan. The many events include a big Mickey and Donald exhibition in the town hall, illustrating the influence of the Disney characters from the 1930s to today; a concert against a background of an artist drawing on a huge screen, and numerous films. The festival is well known for its important awards running from those given to newcomers to the prestigious Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, awarded each year to a living comic artist for his or her lifetime achievement. The Grand Prix winner then becomes president of the festival the following year. Last year's winner and this year's president is Jean Claude Denis.
Okay, so it's mainly in French, but comics have a universal language (quite apart from the fact that most Europeans speak English), so this town on the French Atlantic coast has become a must for anybody with a passion for this art form.
- Exhibitions are daily 10am-7pm and to 8pm on Saturday Feb 2.
- More information on the Festival website.
- Angouleme Tourist Office
Place des Halles
Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 45 95 16 84
- More details on the Angouleme website
Also see the Charente Tourism Website
Bottom image: Concert at the Comic Festival Concert © FIBD/9eArt+, photo J.F Alvarez