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Pan-European “Comics: A New Language for Europe” gets EU backing, UK creators will benefit, too

A major project promoting the Ninth Art has the Lakes International Comic Art Festival as its UK associate

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The Creative Europe Project, “Comics: A New Language for Europe“, the European project initiated by France’s Lyon BD Festival, alongside Belgium’s Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée, Spain’s Escola de Comic Joso, Denmark’s Forlaget Fabel/ Arts Bubble and Britain’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, has been selected for support by the European Commission.

The new three year programme aims to increase artists mobility in Europe and encourage talent development.

The European Commission’s Creative Europe programme was originally approved by the European Parliament in 2013. With an budget of €1.46 billion over seven years, the programme seeks to provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, which are a major source of jobs and growth.

In its initial phase, Creative Europe aimed to provide funding for at least 250,000 artists and cultural professionals, 2,000 cinemas, 800 films and 4,500 book translations. A new financial guarantee facility enabling small cultural and creative businesses to access up to €750 million in bank loans was also launched.

Projects it has supported include backing for libraries, the “Un-Label – New grounds of inclusive performing arts” project, the Animateka International Animated Film Festival, Artcycling Coop: Sustainable and inclusive decorative arts, the Witcher 3: Blood and Wine video game, and much more.

Details of UK projects that have previously benefited from the Creative Europe scheme, such as Leeds Film Festival, the animated short film The Snail and the Whale and more can be found here, and a database of all Creative Europe-supported projects can also be found on the European Commission’s website.

Although the UK is leaving the European Union, the Creative Europe Programme stipulates that countries other than EU Member States may participate in the Programme.

• Look out for further developments on the LICAF web site at www.comicartfestival.com

WEB LINKS

• Lyon BD: www.lyonbd.com

• Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée: www.comicscenter.net

• Escola de Comic Joso: escolajoso.es

• Forlaget Fabel/ Arts Bubble: art-bubble.dk

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

By John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”.

He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

One reply on “Pan-European “Comics: A New Language for Europe” gets EU backing, UK creators will benefit, too”

This is great news. Brexit has us worried on the continent that the UK will be cast adrift. If the EU is willing to support UK’s comic scene despite the political merdeshow, the next three years are starting to look less dim already.

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