a 15th edition resolutely focused on young people

a 15th edition resolutely focused on young people
a 15th edition resolutely focused on young people

For the 15th edition of the BD Pyrénées festival, which will take place from June 7 to 9 at Sporting d’Este de Billère (1), Thursday and Friday will be devoted to schools. With “around forty classes registered”, “1,400 children” should participate, “a figure similar to last year”, according to Patrick Gely, president of the organizing association Pichenettes. He adds: “We would like to return to pre-Covid attendance, where we had 5,000 visitors. Since then, we have reached 3,500.”

This year, in fact, children are in the spotlight. “It is for future generations that we are working”, announces Michel Bernos, mayor of Jurançon and responsible for culture at the Pau urban area, “we want to open the festival even more to young people”. Authors will speak in schools on Thursday June 6 and the media library will host puppet and improvisation shows on Friday.

Around twenty authors

Jean-Yves Lalanne, mayor of Billère, would like to point out that “it is not the Billère festival, even if it is in Billère. Originally, we wanted to create the first comic book festival south of Adour. » The organizers specify that the activities are free, “this is really a desire on our part”. According to the first councilor of the town, the event is intended to be “popular, family and intergenerational”.

Around twenty authors will be present this year, including Philippe Charlot, the Talbot couple, Matthieu Chiara, Emmanuel Despujol, and even Christian Galli. Some will present their first work, while others are authors with multiple publications. Jean-Denis Pendanx, honorary president of the festival this year, says he is “very honored and very happy to be able to show [son] work. »

The festival will begin on Friday June 7 at 6:30 p.m., with a new “signings and tapas” evening, where visitors will be able to try to win signings from the “three or four authors present”, according to Patrick Gély, while eating. The next day, the show will officially open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to meet the authors, discover game creators, publishers, and stroll between the merchant stands.

Master class and drawing battle

The media library will host on the same day, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively, a master class by Jean-Denis Pendanx and another by Bryan and Mary Talbot. At 7 p.m. on Saturday evening there will be a drawing battle between two teams of artists.

For Sunday, the last day of the festival, the show will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. A meeting with first-time authors will be organized at 11 a.m. at the media library, followed by a manga meeting at 2 p.m.

The city’s media library will be open throughout the festival, to allow visitors to discover the exhibition of paintings by Jean-Denis Pendanx. Two other exhibitions will take place on the wall to the left of Sporting d’Este, one by Raphaël Pavard, the other by Mickaël Almodovar.

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