The 14th edition of BilBOlbul will be held from 27 to 29 November next. The International Comics Festival of Bologna, in accordance with the restrictions of the latest DPCM, moves entirely online – streaming on the website www.bilbolbul.net and on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels – with a rich calendar of conferences, meetings with authors, book presentations, to offer itself once again as a space for discussion and reflection on the most interesting scenarios of contemporary comics.
The “body” is the leitmotif of the 2020 edition of BilBOlbul: a non-trivial theme, when you think that comics are an art of bodies that draw bodies, assumed so obvious that it becomes almost transparent and escapes a necessary investigation into its sense. The body is the first thing that is drawn, the engine and the essence of every story: the authors and the authors involved have put the body at the origin and center of the discourse, they have told (and drawn) the erotic, comic body , non-compliant, political. They used it to tell about themselves with autobiography, to imagine desirable or dystopian futures, to rewrite classical literary genres and unhinge their imagery.
The artistic work on the body is also an investigation into personal and political identity: this is why BilBOlbul has chosen to host almost all female voices for this edition. A choice that is not only contingent, but a commitment to the future, since, in the words of the organizers, “in a sector such as Italian comic publishing, increasing the inclusiveness and balance of voices is a goal to which to tend”.
Among the unmissable events:
Saturday, November 28 exploration and deepening of the theme of the “body” at the center of the 14th edition with a real marathon of meetings and online round tables that will be broadcast on www.bilbolbul.net.
Sunday 29 November, what should have been the final day of the Festival becomes the beginning of “BBB Continua”, a cycle of interviews that will continue online until January on a weekly basis on the Festival channels, with the authors of some of the best graphic novels released in Italy in 2020: it begins on Sunday at 2.30 pm with Luca Negri and his Counterintelligence (Coconino Press – Fandango), an intricate story of war plots, terrorism, deaths and rebirths, moderated by Alessio Trabacchini . The complete calendar is available on www.bilbolbul.net.
All the titles presented during and after the Festival will be on sale in a network of independent bookshops, not only in Bologna but also in Rome, Turin, Milan, Venice and Bari: a way to circulate the most interesting titles of a year not easy for publishing and also to support bookstores, which have experienced difficult moments but have also been able to reorganize themselves and become territorial cultural centers of great importance, thanks to the ability to become active with home delivery services and online sales.
BilBOlbul then confirms its pedagogical vocation, which has always been a fundamental ingredient of the Festival, even in a scenario like the current one that poses many obstacles to culture and teaching: the authors themselves will participate in a series of seminars closed to the public and dedicated to students. and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Erasmus Mundus in European Literary Cultures of the University of Bologna, moments of confrontation and training for young artists and scholars. Also scheduled is a series of online appointments with the authors and authors of the Festival dedicated to high schools in Bologna, in which comics become a starting point for reflecting on the body, identity and gender issues. The program of meetings of Parola alle authors is also dedicated to upper secondary schools. Meeting on the body designed for girls and boys, focused on the theme of the body, which will involve some of the authors of the Festival, on the occasion of the Week of the rights of children and adolescents in collaboration with U.I. Equal Opportunities and Protection of Differences.