Thessaloniki’s first cartoon festival

Thessaloniki will play host to its first major cartoon event at the end of the month at the city’s post complex. The First International Cartoons Festival of Thessaloniki, which will run from September 25 to October 1, will feature Spain as the honored country. The event is organized by Galera magazine and the Thessaloniki Film Museum, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Merchant Marine Ministry, the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Embassy. The festival will include the «Lanza en astillero» exhibition, which features works by 25 Spanish artists inspired by chapters of Miguel de Cervantes’s famous novel «Don Quixote» (commissioned for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the novel’s publication). The exhibition had gone on display in Spain in 2005. The festival will further include exhibitions of sketches about Don Quixote by Fokion Dimitriadis, published during the World War II occupation by Athinaika Nea, as well as comics by distinguished Spanish scriptwriter Felipe Cava from «11M,» an edition dealing with the deadly March 11, 2004 terrorist attack in Madrid, which features the work of 11 designers. Works about Don Quixote by artists Miguel Brieva, Miguelanxo Prado, Petros Zervos, Giorgos Constantinou and other Greek artists will also be on display. Speeches, audiovisual presentations by various comics and film experts about the depiction of Don Quixote in comics and in cinema, screenings of Greek and Spanish films, concerts and more are also on the agenda.