Drawing Citizenship: Towards the European Elections

The ‪European Cultural Foundation‬ (ECF) and the Cartoon Movement are joining forces to explore perspectives on the upcoming European elections through comics and cartoons. ‏Between 31 March and 25 May 2014, we are inviting comic artists and cartoonists to reflect on European citizenship and the various issues that are currently facing Europe. We are not just interested in the EU, but we would like to hear perspectives from countries that are part of European citizens’ daily lives across the continent and beyond.

‎‏A firm believer that Europe is powered by culture, this year ECF is celebrating its 60th year of bridging people through arts and culture and connecting local cultural change-makers and communities across Europe. ECF recognises the power of comics and cartoons to tackle pressing European issues, bringing a fresh dimension to the discourse on democracy and human rights. Cartoon Movement is a community of political cartoonists that brings together over 250 artists from more than 80 countries. The movement publishes cartoons and comics journalism on a range of international issues, and defends the right of cartoonists to express themselves without fear of censorship or retaliation. ‏

In the run up to the European elections, we invite you to challenge prevailing notions of democracy and representation, to reflect on alternatives, and to offer fresh perspectives on more inclusive societies across Europe and beyond. In short, we ask: what is the future of Europe? Will it be a fortress designed to keep other people out, or no more than a free trade zone? Will Europe evolve into something more, a political entity with a true European citizenry? We welcome cartoons and comics that touch upon any of these issues.

The competition has ended. The 8 cartoons that were selected can be seen at the bottom of this page.

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