Cartooning for Peace, Le Conseil Général de l’Hérault and the Press Club Languedoc-Roussillon joined forces to launch a new International Editorial Cartoons Festival, from November 2012, 15 to 17, in Montpellier. The festival takes place in Pierresvives –a new building designed by the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and opened in September 2012.
This first edition of the festival aims to combine arts and to think over 21st century water issues : water cooking demo, cinema, conferences with well-known experts such as Nicolas Hulot (President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Human), Laurent Ballesta (biologist, photographer and professional diver), Jean-Christophe Victor (founder and scientific director of the Laboratory of Prospective and Mapping (www. lepac.org) magazine and author of “Le dessous des cartes” on Arte and TV5) and Michel Rocard (former Prime Minister and French ambassador in the Arctic and Antarctic).
Moreover, during 3 days, 29 cartoonists from 18 different countries meet in Montpellier on this occasion. Inaugurated during the festival, the exhibition “Water lines” is presented at Pierresvives until the 29th of February 2013. It features more than 150 cartoons about water pollution, natural disasters, global warming but also fun and recreational water leisures.