The Angouleme 2022 comic festival has been postponed, here are the new dates

The Angouleme 2022 comic festival has been postponed, here are the new dates

The Angouleme 2022 comic festival has been postponed

The Angouleme French Comics Festival, scheduled for January 27-30, 2022, has been postponed due to the persistent pandemic situation.

UPDATE 14/01/2022: New Festival dates announced

The 49th edition of the Angouleme Comics Festival has been postponed for the period from 17 to 20 March 2022, as was the intention of the organization before the French presidential elections. A choice made in agreement with all the partners involved in the initiative, explains the organization of the Festival, which has done its utmost to ensure that the event can be held in compliance with the regulations in force in the face of the situation, but at the same time trying to maintain quality editions prior to the pandemic.

The Angouleme 2022 Comics Festival has been postponed

The 49th edition of the Angouleme Comics Festival, one of the most important sector events in the world , it was cancelled. The event was supposed to take place from 27 to 30 January 2022 next.

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As is well known, the Festival international de la banda dessinée (FIBD) d'Angoulême attracts a large number of fans of the ninth art and pop culture who meet in the French town every year . The sad news was given to Agence France-Presse by the organizer of the event Franck Bondoux, which arrived following the new provisions that the French government communicated yesterday December 27th.

“Our intent is to not force the situation so as not to organize an event that would inevitably be restricted. [...] The idea would be to re-propose the event as soon as possible, in advance of the first round of the presidential elections [which will start on April 10, 2022, ed.], Then at the end of March or in the first days of April . Contrary to what happened in 2021, where the cancellation was decided well in advance, the organizational plan of the 2022 edition was ready to go. The entire budget has already been committed to its maintenance. […] Having said that, the festival will vitally need exceptional help [Bondoux refers both to the public but also to a fund that the French government has allocated for extraordinary aid to events of 30 million, ed.]. [...] This event, which stands out all over the world, needs special attention from the ministry. Its very sustainability is at stake, especially in view of its 50th edition in 2023. The hour is desperate, we must save the soldier festival. "

The Angouleme festival is one of the most important in the world linked to comics: it is in fact the third largest fair in the world after the Tokyo Comiket and our Lucca Comics and Games, back in this presence. year, and the second in Europe, again after the Lucca fair. On the occasion of the event, the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême, won last year by Chris Ware, are also awarded. Among the winners of all other editions stand out the names of Will Eisner (1975), Moebius (1981), Enki Bilal (1987), Robert Crumb and Albert Uderzo (1999), Joan Sfarr (2004) and Lewis Trondheim (2006), the authors of the saga of La Fortezza (recently revived by Bao Publishing and available here), Art Spiegelman (2011), mangaka Akira Toriyama (2013), Katsuhiro Otomo (2015) and Rumiko Takashi (2019). The only Italian to have received this award was Hugo Pratt, the author of Corto Maltese's comics, in 1988.

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