Humor and Satire in Bulgaria

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Did you know the 21st International Biennial of Humor and Satire in the Arts (IBHSA) takes place in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, next spring? Its motto is “The World Lasts Because it Laughs.” Did you even know that there is a museum devoted to humor and satire in Bulgaria? And quite a museum it is. The exhibition opens on May 18, 2013, with selected works on display until September 30.

Traditionally, the Biennial comprises six categories: cartoons, graphics and drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, and posters. This year the organizers have ensured a total of 19 prizes to distinguish the best contemporary works of humor and satire. The subject matter of the 21st IBHSA, say its organizers, is “free of choice.” Some of the special prizes, however, are earmarked to go to works on topics of social significance, like the fight against smoking, tobacco consumption, and alcohol abuse. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2013.

You can have a terrific virtual tour of the Museum here (selected images below). Find the entry form and more information here.


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