September 3, 2019 - The 13th Herceg Novi Strip Festival begins this Friday, bringing a vibrant and diverse program, placing the city under Orjen again in the most significant addresses of the ninth art of today.
After a three-day event named "Herceg Novi in Comics," organized last weekend in Porto Novi as an introduction to the 13th edition of the largest strip festival in this part of Europe, the HSF team is closing the final preparations. This year, the citizens and guests of Herceg Novi have the opportunity to enjoy in six vibrant days of top cultural content.
One city, two galleries, live concerts, six days, ten venues and 50 comic authors and theorists of the ninth art - this year's edition of the Herceg Novi Strip Festival (HSF) is on the program from September 6 to September 11.
The first festival day begins at the elementary school "Daso Pavicic" with Lazo Sredanovic, creator and author of the legendary comic book "Dikan." The famous artist is bringing lectures and workshops with students, thus marking 50 years since the first number of his brilliant comics. Iztok Sitar from Slovenia and Vladimir Vesovic from Serbia will also talk about the most famous Balkan comic strip. The most famous Montenegrin comic book theorist Luka Rakojevic will subject the work of Lazo Sredanovic and other distinguished authors from Montenegro.
The inauguration of the festival is scheduled for 8 pm at Belavista Square in the old town, followed by a tour of the exhibitions of 12 special guests at this year's edition of the HSF.
An exclusive guest list, foreseen by Argentinean comic book legend Enrique Breccia; make up another British trio of great artists Rufus Dayglo, Boo Cook and Simon Davis; Italians Vanessa Belardo, Pasquale del Vecchio, Andrea di Vito and Mario Alberti, and Spaniards Raul Allen and Javier Fernandes and two outstanding artists from the former Yugoslavia - Leonid Pilipovic alias Punkerstein from Serbia and Stefan Štef Bartolic from Croatia.
The opening night of the 13th HSF concludes with a concert by the brilliant Italian punk-rock band Rodeo Clown with whom also plays a top comic artist, an old friend of HSF, Antonio Lucchi. Before the musicians from Sardinia will perform the young rock band Kupllung, as well as the combined rock band Gotham Villans, both from Herceg Novi.
The next five days, Herceg Novi becomes the scenery of the best product of the ninth art and when the whole city breathes the rhythm of HSF. An army of more than 50 comic book creators, among whom are practically already resident artists - William Simpson (GB), Moreno Buratini (Ita), Walter Venturi (Ita), Walter Trono (Ita), Antonio Lucchi (Ita), Mirko Colak (Srb), Aleksa Gajic (Srb), Stevan Subic (Srb), Dragana Kupresanin (Srb), Zoran Stefanovic (Srb ), Tihomir Tikulin (Cro), Milko Peko (Cro), Filip Andronik (BiH) - draw on squares, beaches, cafes, restaurants, hang out on terraces, streets and clubs and give workshops and lectures in schools and galleries.
In the year full of significant anniversaries from the comics world, this year's edition of the HSF will be in commemoration of these crucial historical moments, such as 90 years since the release of Tin Tin, 80 years of Batman, 60 years of Asterix, 50 years of Alan Ford, and the aforementioned 50 years of the most famous Balkan comic Dikan.
The thirteenth edition of HSF ends at the Peoples Beach Bar with the concert of the great Serbian rock band Viva Vops, the winner of the cult music show Bunt on RTS.