Humour and satire as new cartoon festival is launched

Christina Sampai of Portugal offers her take on the direction of Brexit.
Christina Sampai of Portugal offers her take on the direction of Brexit.

Just when you thought Galway City couldn’t possibly find room for another festival, cartoonist Richard Chapman is determined to show otherwise.

He is the driving force behind the Galway Cartoon Festival, which will run from this Saturday, October 21 until Monday, October 30. And, according to Richard, it’s a festival “to celebrate those drawings that make us laugh and make us think”.

With that in mind, work from leading cartoonists from Ireland and around the world, will be shown in Galway, so that people can appreciate and enjoy it.

At the core of the festival will be two exhibitions of drawings by some of the top practitioners in Ireland, Europe and the USA.

Those whose work will be shown include Martyn Turner of The Irish Times, Martin Rowson of The Guardian, Tom Mathews, whose publications include The Sunday Independent, Graeme Keyes of The Phoenix, Tom Tomorrow of the American underground, and local cartoonists Allan Cavanagh and Richard Chapman.

Cyprus, Latvia, Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany and Malta will be among the many other countries represented at the event.

Cartoon is the one major art form that we don’t celebrate in Galway and it’s high time we did, says Richard.

For  more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.