ARAB CARTOON FESTIVAL 2018

Colonial Ghosts, Smoking Guns and Cartoons
Arab Cartoon Festival surveys contemporary forms of colonization

A third edition of the Arab Cartoon Festival could not wait long after the success of the previous edition. Once again, the Festival is coming up with an urgent and compelling social theme: the new colonisations.

Expo 2018

The selection of this year goes back to 18th centuries until now day,the best that can describe our new theme,Arab Cartoon Festival are working also on the way of installation for the cartoons,we are trying to bring cartoon more as modern art and installations.It was not a coincidence that our collection from last year was chosen to the official celebration of the world press freedom day at Bozar.
free entrance

Art camp: Telling stories with images



... "Do you enjoy traveling? In your head, to a foreign country, or just with pencil on paper? Are you a true storyteller, with or without words to use?


During the autumn holidays we organize two creative days where you start with word and image under supervision.

Element of:
Arab Cartoon Festival
You will also visit our exhibition 'Lolo's Entanglements' in the Expo Hall and the cartoon exhibition of Arab Cartoon Festival.


practical
for whom: children from 8 to 12 years (3rd to 6th grade)
when: 1 + 2 November (during the autumn holidays)
What time: from 10 am to 5 pm, no pre- and after-care is provided
what to bring: an apron, sandwiches, 2 drinks and 2 snacks
price: 25 euros, max. 10 participants
Inscription at info@omnesvzw.be

Comics By Newcomers (arrived! or yet?)

Comic Workshop
As part of the Arab Cartoon Festival workshop program organized by Omnes, Nanoe Carremans together with a group of volunteers from Dinamo are welcoming you to put your ideas in a comic story, a lot of fun with creating new imaginary caricatures,maybe the sprayman or the superfantasticgirl,maybe you choose to talk about a story from your daily life, traveling on foot or swimming,all possibilities are open!
Very limited places
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Cartoon as Installation

Visual Art workshop leaded by Bart nijboer our surprising artist will train a group of newcomers as they will work on specific artistic ideas which will be developed with their growing team of participants.
Bart Nijboer believes in art as the best way to learn and communicate,he will focus on the participants,their credibility and techniques.

CARTOON MASTERCLASS

de WarandeFor the third year The Arab Cartoon Festival open its doors to cultures from around the world, a place where you share different opinion,explaining where it come from and why you think that you have the right point of view . Cartoon is a tool to communicate, breaking the wall of different languages a simple drawing full of emotions that can translate the deepest feeling where words stands helpless, a high dose of fun full of laugh and joy as a great way to learn and change,to inspire our minds.

CARTOONISTS DEBATE III

For the third year Arab Cartoon Festival invites Cartoonists from MENA with cartoonist from Belgium and the rest of the world,The yearly talk is the space where cartoonists express the story behind their drawing,how they build the scene and where there jokes comes from,between a talk and a stand up comedy our cartoonists go far with there discussion which is open to include the public,it can not be more funny than a cartoonist being the cartoon on a stage

Fascinating speakers will share their experiences in the world of cartoons. Expect a unique political debate, with plenty of drama, a lot of humor and some sarcasm.

With: Luc Descheemaeker, Pascal Lemaître, Kianoush Ramizani, Doaa Eladl and Omar Alabdallat,Barrak Rima.
Free entrance, registration mandatory.
Info@omnesvzw.be

My face (Theater workshop ends with theater play)

Workshop dates: every thursday
starting from 19 september until 18 October
From 13:00 until 17:00


-3 Master- is a primary school with special educational system for students aged between 2.5 and 13 years old, for children who can not continue their education because of a problem in learning, growth or disability. Het gevolg Theater works in cooperation with the Arab Cartoon Festival to realize a theater play called “my face” . This presentation comes as part of a long-term relationship between the Het gevolg Theater and the school in cooperation with the Arab Cartoon Festival



Annick De Houwer, the supervisor teacher from Kasterlee city where the - 3 Master - school is located about cooperation:

The most beautiful moments of the project in the previous stage when Stefan chose a child who was the most vulnerable of the rest of the students, I did not see any hope in the implementation of the child to the show, but Stefan insisted on his choice and after a lot of strenuous exercise, the child completed complex movements in fully correct way, during exercises i sat next to the parents of the girl and they were whispering how their child stood with such brilliance and strength

Mother and three soldiers

Text : Ernest Claes
Performance: Mieke De Groote
Directed by Stefan Percival



A farm in the Campen region in the autumn of 1917 A widow and her daughter receive a message from the postman of the village: that three German soldiers will be staying in her shed, fleeing from the raging war, which seems to have no end. The mother was not bothered by the war. She has enough difficulties in her farm. , But what worried her was the meeting of these soldiers with her young daughter,also her two sons would be in daily danger because of the presence of those soldiers,in daily basis with non specific period.

An amazing text by Ernst Claes, who takes that shocking situation as his starting point, meeting the strangers in a sudden causes uncomfortable situation but that reaction is logical and understandable,aren't we all worried to meet new things? Does this encounter turn from fear into a state full of love and emotions? Can the first encounter become an attraction? But is it expected that the family meeting with the soldiers will become hateful automatically? Why do some meetings succeed and others do not even get a chance? Is it our nature as people who can change the course of events? How do people in such a situation in a raging war change themselves? How can people from different contexts meet as they meet a child born now.

The famous actress Mieke de Grotte is the mother in our play, who is known through her television roles as the series of the island and a series of flesh and blood and other television roles

After directing many of a very known theater plays, my mother, Peter and the wire of death, Witt is always clean, Stephan returns to direct this text to explore the meaning of loneliness and living with group.



highly recommended

Expo 2017

The core of the festival exists of fifty cartoons. Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic. These cartoons show you how the people of the MENA (Middle-East and Nord-Africa) experience and interpret humor. In six short movies the cartoonists talk about their artwork, the themes they play and struggle with and how a cartoonist leads his of her life.....
free entrance

The Wall

Last summer Cleon Peterson presented his new tentary 'Blood & Soil' in Los Angeles. And bring you some works to the Belgian public.

Peterson links in his work between historical violent acts and the contemporary violence in his country, the US. But even better is his work on evolutions in Europe. Peterson is known as painter and sinister violence. His color palette is limited to black, white, gray and bright red and emphasizes the atrocities that HE portrays.
This collection is chosen by Ali Nazir Ali the art director of Omnes vzw.
the work of Cleon will be in different location in Turnhout to be seen.

ARAB CARTOON FESTIVAL 2017

Cracks in Society / Barsten in de Samenleving
On Friday October 6th the second edition of Arab Cartoon Festival starts in de Warande. This annual festival aims to build bridges between the Arabic countries and the Belgian society. It does so not only on the level of the cartoonists presented. Cartoons are also a starting point to unravel the (stereo)typical ‘characteristics’ of (the relation between) our different societies.

People like you and me (see-through-photos) by BOB PEETERS

And then we were in Turnhout! Family pictures as you can find them at home. Photographer Bob Peeters made studio photos for families who seek asylum in Belgium. Simple, but also highly recognizable. Children, parents and grand-parents were depicted with much regard and respect. You won’t find any references to conflicts or specific wars. Life goes on.
free entrance

The Perfect Arab Artist by SIRINE FATTOUH

On display are two original series of personalized national and international postage stamps that Fattouh produced in 2014. One of the countries is Belgium.
The Perfect Arab Artist, as an art installation, critically deals with what is expected of an Arab artist. As such it also refers to the image(s) that Arab artists distribute of themselves in order to answer to an existing demand in the art market. Sirine Fattouh is a Lebanese artist born in 1980 and living between Paris and Beirut. Her work, as an artist and researcher, consists of examining the consequences of violence and displacements on people’s identities.
free entrance

The Vulnerability Series by ABDALLA AL OMARI

When some international and national media took notice of a Syrian artist depicting powerful statesmen in vulnerable states (Angela Merkel or Barack Obama being represented as what appear to be ‘refugees’), it went fast for him. Parts of this project called ‘The Vulnerability Series’ has been auctioned by Christies auction House and exhibited at London’s Whitechapel gallery and Affenfaust Galerie in Hamburg. His work goes to the heart of matters dealing with ‘cracks in our societies’. Because Al Omari is so popular, we will exhibit two copies. They will be sold as posters. Abdalla Al Omari was born in Damascus in 1986. In 2009, Al Omari simultaneously graduated from the Damascus University with a degree in English Literature and the Adham Ismail Institute for Visual Arts. Al Omari was recently granted asylum in Belgium and he currently lives and works in Brussels, where he started this project.
free entrance

Nowhere is Home by MANAF HALBOUNI

A car loaded with personal belongings has turned into a living room - an impossible house for a “modern nomade that can not hear and grow.” ‘Nowhere is Home’ is a moving testament to loss, resilience and hope for more than 50 million displaced people around the world. Manaf Halbouni is a German- Syrian installation artist who currently lives in Dresden. Most often he works with concrete. For him it symbolizes both power as resistance. His ‘Monument Dresden’ installed on the market of Dresden attracted a lot of attention. Another variant of ‘Nowhere is Home’ from 2015 was exhibited in the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig in 2016.

Borders Behind by Adnan Joubran

Adnan Joubran is an oud player who enriches his music with influences from flamenco, jazz and classical music. His debut album not only shows his lyrics and thoughtful compositions, but also his enthusiasm for making new music in dialogue with other musicians. Adnan Joubran is the youngest of the three brothers who together form Trio Joubran. You may know this trio of their performance in Warande in early 2016 Trio Joubran is world renowned for their traditional contemporary music. Now, after playing for over 10 years with his brothers concerts all over the world, it’s time to look for his own musical identity. In that quest he embraces other traditions such as Indian music, flamenco, jazz and classics. On Borders Behind, his debut album, we hear fantastic collaborations with the French cellist Valentine Moussou, the tabloid player Prabhu Edouard and the Spanish saxophonist Jorge Pardo. His musical color palette has widened, become richer and warmer and is penetrated by respect, love and hope. Highly recommended!
Tickets: https://goo.gl/7kADFB
19 euro // +60: 17 euro /
-19 and students: 12 euro

MASTER CLASS IN CARTOONS

The invited cartoonists Khalid Albaih, Sara Qaed and Emad Hajjaj will be your introducers into the fabulous world of cartoons. Together with an educator they will guide you through the unknown, on the crossroads between the Arabic worlds and Belgium. You will work with the materials, art forms and themes of the festival. You will find different ways to manifest your position and identity in this world. Included themes: the confrontation and dialogue between diverse cultures, the refugee debate.

https://goo.gl/NmGhdw
35 euro // +60: 30 euro /
-19 and students: 15 euro

CARTOONISTS DEBATE II

These intriguing speakers will share their experiences from the world of cartoon. Expect a sharp political debate, part drama, part comedy and sarcasm. As such this evening will linger between lecture, performance and upright dialogue.
Marc De Cloedt
Kim DuChateau
Pascal lemaitre
Khalid Albaih
Sara Qaed
Emad Hajjaj
free entrance

PAYSAGES DE NOS LARMES (HET LANDSCHAP VAN ONZE TRANEN)

This stunning performance, in a magical and poetic scenery, made by the Lebanese collectif Kahraba, is a calls for peace. Hetpaleis starts a brand-new festival in October: Mind the World. The Warande chose ‘Paysages de nos larmes’, made by Collective Kahraba, to add to the Arab Cartoon Festival- program because of the openness and dialogue that comes with the performance. A bumpy relief. The performance tries to sketch the inner landscape of biblical figure Job. Job is a broken man, who tries to keep his thoughts together. With his words, he searches for beauty and hope. Human kind, it’s a miracle on earth. Masked and moving bodies, projections, objects and dolls are singing a beautiful song in this visual poem. The performance is set against a restless background that sketches the history of Beirut.
Tickets: https://goo.gl/C9qMPe

Ich Bin Wie Du KLOPPEND HERT / HAIDER AL TIMIMI

The quest for what binds people together will challenge your view on our society. In Arab land the people are strong and tall. Proud and sentimental. Open minded and almost perfect. In Neverland the people are soft and beautiful. Rich and enterprising. Rather closed and also almost perfect. In Belgium it rains. Haider shaves his toes, waiting for spring. The Iraqi, who lives in Ghent, Haider Al Timimi searches for freedom and the possibility to be who you want to be by combining variety and stand-up.
Tickets: https://goo.gl/cN6x9X

CLOSING PARTY ARAB CARTOON FESTIVAL DJ LEFTO + FOOD FOR YA SOUL

He may look like Mario from Super Mario Bros. Even with his coddy mustache, Lefto is the hottest early bird of the entire Stubru spectrum. No one who feels the musical currents so well. He is widely known, also internationally. Recently, his relays about world cities such as Los Angeles, Seoul, London and our own Brussels appeared as ‘In Transit’ on Canvas. Lefto has for years been planning an upcoming artist with a urban or jazz scene in Ghent and at the Dour Festival. In earlier times, the devoted dj was focusing on hip hop, but today it goes from Turkish folk songs to electronics from LA and Berlin house. Should we say that box thinking is not spent on Lefto? World class!
Tickets: https://goo.gl/pBQGq3

cooking workshops

de Warande
Take part in one of the 5 cooking workshops and experience the (MONA countries) cooking style!
Cooking together is always generous. With the tips of our sympathetic chef from Syria, your cooking workshop becomes a learning experience to never forget. And of course there are also cozy wet tables.

One of the cooking workshops is especially for children from 9 to 14 years old.
Maximum 15 people per workshop. With a minimum of 5 registrations per workshop.


Each participant must sign up separately.


Price: € 35
KIDS cooking workshop (9 to 14 years): € 20
Pay at the start of the workshop at:
Omnes vzw bank account: BE 82 004 3699 1868

inscribe: https://goo.gl/iEBM4P

FASHION WORKSHOP: DESIGNING AND CLOTHING MAKING

How can we bridge the gap between European fashion and fashion from other continents? What inspires you to create a garment? Which mode you want to create?

In this workshop we will look for clothing examples that inspire us. We experiment with new forms and techniques: photo printing on fabrics via computer, printer and press, printing with paint, pleating ...
For the execution, everything is possible: scarves, jackets, skirts, pants, jewelry ... according to your own wishes and possibilities. The result can be portable or risky.

Materials, equipment, paint ... are available. The results are shown on the Arab Cartoon Festival in October.

The workshop will be led by fashion designer Anita Evenepoel. Anita has been more than 30 years as an independent textile and fashion designer. She teaches at the Academy in Antwerp, fashion and jewelery department and at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (Fashion Matters).
Assistance: Wajeb Azouz, fashion designer from Aleppo, Syria. Wajeb studied Fashion 5 years and works as a fashion designer and tailor.

10 WEDNESDAYS FROM 9 TO 12 HOURS
FROM 19 APRIL TO 21 JUNE
IN WARANDE TERRACE HALL
100 EUROS FOR 10 CLASSES (MATERIALS INCLUDED) / 20 EURO WITH POTENTIAL RATE BASICS SEWING SEWING MACHINE WANTED
10 WEDNESDAYS FROM 9 TO 12 HOURS
FROM 19 APRIL TO 21 JUNE
IN WARANDE TERRACE HALL

FROM MY SYRIAN ROOM (2014)

Hazem Alhamwi is a Syrian satirical cartoonist, painter and film producer. Currently he lives in Berlin. His movie ‘From My Syrian Room’ will be shown, followed by a discussion in presence of Hazem Alhamwi.
FROM MY SYRIAN ROOM (2014)
MOVIE AND DISCUSSION
22 MAY 2016 - 15h
CULTURAL HOUSE DE WARANDE
FREE ENTRANCE

AS IF WE WERE CATCHING A COBRA

Hala Alabdalla is a Syrian/French film producer. She made various movies including ‘As If We Were Catching A Cobra’. This movie will be shown, followed by a discussion about the theme in presence of Hala Alabdalla.
AS IF WE WERE CATCHING A COBRA (2012)
Inspired by events surrounding the Danish Mohammed cartoons, Syrian filmmaker Hala Alabdalla interviews
MOVIE AND DISCUSSION
14 MAY 2016 - 19h30
TUINZAAL, CULTURAL HOUSE DE WARANDE
FREE ENTRANCE

HAMID SULAIMAN & OMAR ABDULLAT

Hamid Sulaiman is a Syrian painter and illustrator, currently living in Paris. He will present his first comic book ‘Freedom Hospital’.
FREEDOM HOSPITAL
Sulaiman found inspiration for the book from true stories of people around him, from the beginning of the war in Syria, the first peaceful protests of 2011 to the first signs of IS.
The book tells the story of Freedom Hospital, a clandestine hospital founded by a peaceful activist, Yasmine, in an imaginary city similar to many small towns in Syrian provinces .
BOOK PRESENTATION & SPEAKER
6 MAY 2016 - 19h30
TUINZAAL, CULTURAL HOUSE DE WARANDE