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I HAVE BEEN privileged to be invited back for the tenth cartoon festival to be held in the town of Tourcoing in the Nord Pas de Calais region of France near Lille and the Belgian border. Thirty-three cartoonist, caricaturists and strip cartoonists will exhibit their work and entertain the public by demonstrating how they draw cartoons. A prize is awarded to the winner of this year’s theme ‘Cartoons for Peace’ and much eating and drinking takes place in various locations around Tourcoing.

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Tourcoing is a small festival by comparison to the monster event in the Limousin town of St Just-le-Martel but, as you can see from the poster (above) it is heavily sponsored and supported by local businesses, government bodies and newspapers. The crowds that push through the doors on the Saturday and Sunday are testament to the enduring appeal of the art of cartoons and caricature to the French public.

I can’t wait!

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