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You are here: HomeFestivalsAnnouncement 17th International Biennial for Graphic Humor Art Cuba 2011

Announcement 17th International Biennial for Graphic Humor Art Cuba 2011


To think and draw for tomorrow”
From March
27th to March 29th, 2011
Main venue: San Antonio de los Baños
Second venue: Havana



The Circle of Humorists and Cartoonists from Unión de Periodistas de Cuba and the Museum of Humor Art in San Antonio de los Baños, call for the 17th International Biennial for Graphic Humor Art, Cuba 2011, that will be held from March 27th to March 29th, co-sponsored by the Latin American Federation of Journalists (FELAP)] and Dirección Provincial de Cultura. 

We are calling graphic humor artists from all over the world to prevent war with their brushes, as a motor for laugh and thought. Today, more than ever, brush strokes of daily struggle can contribute to peace and stop imperial prepotency, the same that pretends to cut the wings of committed art, the same prepotency that keeps unjustly in prison in the United States, for twelve years now, five Cubans who were fighting against terrorism. For them we call out: Freedom Now!  

Having the privilege and opportunity granted to us by Mother Nature to multiply its range of colors, sounds, balance and harmony, let us all preserve a planet worth living, in which soul and consciousness defend life. Let us say No to nuclear weapons. For a world that is badly in need of having children, young people, parents and grandparents sharing welfare, we issue the call to graphic humor artists to think and draw for tomorrow.

Graphic Humor Contest

Participation in the event is open to all professionals in the field of graphic humor in the world, who can contest within the following categories:

. General Humor
. Political Satire
. Humoristic Cartoon Strip
. Personal Caricature
. Humoristic Photography

“Eduardo Abela” Prize, the highest award from the contest, is granted in homage to this outstanding Cuban cartoonist (1889-1965).

We will accept original or digitally processed works (printed and with the signature of the author) done based on any technique, and with a maximum format of 30 x 40 cm, in any of the above mentioned categories.

For the first time, we will award “Tomy” on line Prize, in memory of our beloved cartoonist Tomás Rodríguez Zayas, who recently passed away. The Prize will be awarded to the work that better expresses the meaning of the economical, financial, and commercial blockade on the part of the United States against Cuba. For this award, we will only accept the works sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Each author can send one work for each of the announced categories within the contest, plus another work opting for “Tomy” Prize.

In each delivery, the following data from the author must be precise:

Names and Last Names (Also artistic name)
Category and Prize opted from the contest
Private Address

The works, conveniently packed, will be received until January 31st, 2011 at:

Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (UPEC)
XVII Bienal Internacional de Humorismo Gráfico
Calle 23 no.452, Vedado, Cuba. CP 10 400
Teléfonos: 832- 37 22  / 832- 45 59 ext.116



The jury

A selection of the works presented, after admission judgment by specialized jury, will be exhibited at the 17th International Salon of Graphic Humor Art in San Antonio de los Baños.

An international jury, made up by prestigious figures within the field of graphic humor, will grant the prizes.

Eduardo Abela Prize,consisting in Diploma and 1000 CUC.

. First, second,  and third place, awards in each category, consisting in a diploma.

- “Tomy” Prize on line consisting  in diploma and a work from this author.


. As it is already a tradition, several Cuban cultural and social institutions are integrated to the contest and also award different prizes.

Meetings of humor graphic artists
From March 27 to March 29th, there will be exhibitions, theoretical workshops and for artistic creation in San Antonio de los Baños and in Havana City, so that participants can exchange their experience and have their work known to others (do not leave your art portfolio at home) and can share their views on the role of humor in the 21st century.


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