February 14, 2019 - Within the jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival, the fifth Strip Weekend begins in Herceg Novi organized by the Herceg Novi Strip Festival (HSF). Strip Weekend is part of the event Days of Italian Culture, and HSF is implementing it in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Montenegro and the Public Institution of Culture Herceg Fest. Along with numerous programs, Strip Weekend includes a great fun with masks on Wild West - Saloon Masquerade Party, featured with masked guests, announced at the Peoples Beach Bar on Saturday, 16 February.
This year's Strip Weekend is dedicated to the cultural strip phenomenon, Tex Willer, who celebrated 70 years of existence and was hit by his 700th edition on Thursday, 7 February. On this occasion, the guest of Herceg Novi and HSF is the eminent Italian artist Luca Tito Faraci.
From 2007 until today, he has made several dozen of numbers, as well as two maxi editions, one of the most famous strip heroes - the legendary Tex, and beside him, the guest at the strip weekend is the great Italian artist Walter Venturi. This leading artist was the guest of the 12th edition of Hercegnoski's strip festival held last year in September, and since 2012 works for the publishing house of Bonelli Editori under whose shelter also prints Tex.
The event starts today at 7 pm in the City Café, opening the exhibition "70 Years of Tex Willer", on which will present their works the Italian artists, Walter Venturi sand Pasquale Del Vecchio.
The Italian Embassy in HSF recognizes the most important promoters of contemporary Italian culture
in Montenegro, which has also confirmed the significant recognition it gave to this organization in 2017. So it's no surprise that the Strip Weekend at the Mimosa Festival takes place as part of the event "Days of Italian Culture."
"The Italian Embassy, two years ago, on 2 June, within the celebration of the Italian Republic Day, gave us the prestigious Caravaggio Award
for a huge contribution to the establishment of cultural links between Montenegro and Italy, as well as the promotion of the cultural scene in Montenegro. The Italian Embassy is somebody who has been in the very beginning with the Strip Festival and somebody who recognizes our entire story. They are the first institutional support behind us and are always with us," says Nebojsa Mandic, PR Herceg Novi Strip Festival.
During the following days, at the Hall of the Park, City Café and Nikola Djurkovic Square, HSF is organizing several lectures, workshops with young designers and students, all tracking the standard drawing for fans, the stock market, and excellent HSF hustle.
Under the Strip Weekend on Friday, 15 February, Italian polyvalent artist - musician and screenwriter, Tito Faraci and Walter Venturi will host a workshop and a lecture with participants of the art section of the Ivan Goran Kovačić Secondary School Center. On the same day in the afternoon at Café Kino at Nikola Djurkovic Square on the subject of Wild West in the comic strip and on his work "The Last Bound," the lecture will hold a well-known journalist, screenwriter, collector, and theoretician from Croatia, Milko Peko.
Guests of HSF also expects a standard HSF stock market on Friday at the 28 October Steps to the main city square, where the well-known regional strip publishers Makondo, Besna Kobila, Komiko, Phoenix Press and Veseli will also be present next to the regular offer.
HSF in cooperation with cafes Got, Kino and RadioCaffe2beat will organize bar-hopping, prize-winning games for all guests on Friday as well as drawing for fans and socializing with artists Tito Faraci, Walter Venturi, Renato Vladimir Renki, Luka Cakic, and Nikola Curcin.
The daily program on Saturday, 16 February, is reserved for the City Café, which will include standard drawings for fans and drawers on the T-shirts (Venturi, Renki, Cakic, Curcin), stock exchange, and two very interesting lectures and presentations on the ground floor: Tito Faraci: "Tex Willer, 70 Years of Italian Cultural Phenomenon" and Dusan Mladenovic: "The 70 Years of Tex on the Balkans".
The weekend ends with Sunday matinee and Spaghetti Western projection at the Cafe Cinema. All programs organized by HSF are free to the public.
Thursday, February 14
7 pm – 8 pm City Café
The opening ceremony of the IV HSF Weekend
Exhibition - Tex Willer - 70 years of Italian cultural phenomenon
Friday, February 15
11 am – 12 am SC Ivan Goran Kovačić
• Workshop and lecture by Tito Faraci, Valter Venturi, Luka Cakić and Nikola Ćurčin with students of the art section
5 pm – 1 am 28 October Steps - Striparnica - Caffe Pub Got - Cinema - Radiocaffe2beat
• HSF comic book stairs party
• Strip stock market
• Drawing on shirts
• Drawing for fans
• Lecture by Milko Peko
• Bar hopping - from cafe to cafe
• Prize Games
• HSF night party - Live music, DJ
Saturday, February 16
11 am – 7 pm City Café
• 11 am – 7 pm - Stock exchange
• 11 am – 1 pm - Drawing on shirts
• 1 pm – 2 pm - Lecture and presentation - Tito Faraci - Tex Willer - 70 years of Italian cultural phenomenon
• 2 pm – 3 pm - Lecture -70 Years of Tex in the Balkans - Dusan Mladenovic - Veseli Cetvrtak
• Drawing for fans
• Master class with strip artists
• 9 pm – 4 am People's Beach Bar
• HSF Saloon masquerade party
Sunday, February 17
11 am - 3 pm Coffee bar Cinema - Projection of the Spaghetti Western Movie