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Barcelona Illustration Festival Ilu:Station

By Jodi R, Germany, June 2011

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Barcelona is renowned for the colourful, poetic, satirical and sometimes political stencil art that makes even the narrow back streets look enticing and vibrant.

Tucked away in a hidden corner or beaming out from a building wall, this contemporary graffiti raised to an artform plays a large part in forming the visual identity of the city. So it’s no surprise that there is a dedicated illustration festival, Ilu:Station taking place in June.  The indie comix fest offers workshops on June 11-12, with different guest artists on hand nurture the budding talent of aspiring comic makers, working in different styles all designed to stimulate your creative imagination. 

Overall the festival promises to provide you with an explosion of colour in a visual illustration feast, with a small press marketplace and free music concerts and party on the closing night. In addition to the workshops, check out the Berlin collective Biografikiction exhibition at  Miscelänea,  whose name origiantes from the first series of comics mixing “fictitious biographical facts about famous people”. Limited edition fanzines using silkscreen printing are what make these so special!

Watch the extremely cute animation of two cassette tapes singing a duet on the festival website and you’ll have a taste of the vibe – make sure to visit their studios and shops next time you make it to Barcelona. Or pick up some of the materials online at Apaapa Comics and tell everyone you went... Sometimes virtual travel is almost as good as the real thing, at least until next year.

Photo courtesy of Ilu:Station

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