Basque comics will be present for the fourth time at the Brussels Comic Strip Festival (Fête de la BD), the largest event of its kind in Europe. This year the festival will take place in the Belgian capital from September 1st to 3rd. Basque participation is in association with EUNIC, the European Union National Institutes for Culture, of which the Etxepare Basque Institute has been an associate member since 2015, and in close collaboration with the Euskadi Delegation for the European Union.
At the international pavilion, along with other EUNIC partners such as Estonia, Romania, Hungary, Portugal and Poland, attendees will find a number of titles in Basque and Spanish produced and created in the Basque Country, identified under the Euskadi- Basque Country / Etxepare Basque Institute brand.
This year illustrators Ainara ´Axpi´ Azpiazu and Iñaki ´Mattin´ Martiarena will attend the event. On September 2nd, ‘Axpi´ will conduct a workshop for children on the basics of illustration, and on the 3rd, ´Mattin´ will lead a creative workshop, also aimed at children. Industry professionals and publishers, as well as the public, will have the chance to familiarize themselves with work from the Basque Country through various Basque publishing houses including Harriet, Astiberri, Norma, Txalaparta and Elkar.
Since its alliance with EUNIC Brussels, the Etxepare Basque Institute, together with the Euskadi Delegation for the European Union, has worked intensively to promote cultural diversity. The Institute has also taken part in transnational projects such as the Brussels Comic Strip Festival and the TranspoesiePoetry Festival, which will begin on September 26th and feature the Basque writer Harkaitz Cano.