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World cartoonists gather in Istanbul 31st Nasreddin Hodja contest

Talented cartoonists from all over the world have been gathering in İstanbul this week
Source : Cihan news agency | Istanbul | 14 Oct 2011

Talented cartoonists from all over the world have been gathering in İstanbul this week for the 31st edition of the annual international Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Competition, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

A joint effort between the Karikatürcüler Derneği (Cartoon Association) and the Culture and Tourism Ministry with the support of Koç Holding, the colorful competition, which was held for the first time in 1974, got under way on Wednesday. Running through Oct. 20, a series of workshops for budding cartoonists are to be held in a variety of historic and touristic areas, including Sultanahmet, the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace and the scenic district of Ortaköy. A selection of works is also to be displayed at the Ziraat Bank Tunnel Art Gallery and the Mizah Center in Tarlabaşı across the event period.

Internationally recognized as a prestigious platform for cartoonists of all backgrounds and political viewpoints, guests at the event this year include Miroslav Bartak from the Czech Republic, Angel Boligan of Mexico, Iran's Kambiz Derambakhsh, Rayma Suprani of Venezuela, Zdenko Puhin from Croatia, Syria's Raed Khalil, Pawel Kuczynski from Poland, Aristides E.G. Hernandez from Cuba, Bulgaria's Valentin İvanoc Gergiev, Dachuan Xia from China and Russia's Mikhail Zlatkovsky.

Works from the guest cartoonists and from members of the Cartoon Association in Turkey will be brought together with those of the students of two of the most prestigious art schools in Turkey, the Mimar Sinan and Marmara universities. Featured on the jury this year are Turkish artists Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu, Erdoğan Başol, Metin Peker, Muhittin Köroğlu, Kadir Doğruer and Tonguç Yaşar.

The jury will make their decisions this Saturday, with the winners to be announced at a later date.


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