Lyon BD festival, an ambitious edition to brave the pandemic

Despite the uncertainties linked to the health crisis, the ninth art takes over the city of lights for a month. Museums, theaters or galleries become the backdrop for a rich program, the highlight of which is the “In” from June 11 to 13.

«This edition was rock’n’roll. Despite many constraints, we managed to present a festival that will be no less ambitious than what we did before the pandemic», Enthuses Mathieu Diez, director of Lyon BD. Until the last government announcements on the opening of cultural venues, at the end of April, nothing had been decided for the Lyon event dedicated to the ninth art.

«The latest announcements paved the way, but they were late. The flexibility of the authors, of the management of the different cultural places that welcome us or of the partners, allowed us to complete this edition which would not have seen the light of day without all this ocean of benevolence. Without forgetting the unwavering involvement of our teams …», Is satisfied, relieved, the director.

Meetings, artistic creations, shows, exhibitions … Nothing has been left to chance. Until June 30, the comic strip invests in all its splendor the city of lights for a sixteenth edition, with festivities which will reach their peak on the weekend of June 12 and 13, for the “In” part.

Zep, Joann Sfar, Mathieu Sapin, Florence Cestac …

Due to health constraints, the festival has set up an online reservation system for the festivities planned at the Town Hall, the epicenter of the event. The festival-goer will take advantage of a three-hour slot to attend the various workshops or exhibitions that are offered there. Outside of this allotted time, he may also register for the activities of the Odeon and Opera theaters. “All in all, it’s a fairly bearable constraint, estimates Mathieu Diez. It will allow us to juggle the gauges and to ensure perfect control of the sanitary instructions.»

Another novelty this year linked to the pandemic, the absence of publisher stands and their lot of dedications. Never mind ! The event organized a tour of bookstores scattered throughout the city to welcome authors. Zep, Joann Sfar, Mathieu Sapin, Florence Cestac … are among the authors who will lend themselves to the exercise.

Other major authors such as Charles Berberian, Grand Prix in Angoulême in 2008, Pénélope Bagieu, Wilfrid Lupano, Alfred, Riad Sattouf – whose first visit to the festival and who will give a meeting hosted by Olivier Delcroix of Figaro -, express their art in various forms. Their talent is highlighted in around sixty cultural venues such as the Théâtre des Célestins or the city’s main opera stage. This involvement in the city is the hallmark of the event which, for sixteen years now, has strived to bring comics out of their shackles by creating bridges with different artistic expressions. “All this creates exchanges, a porosity helping to attract new audiences”, boasts Mathieu Diez. Rich and dense, the strong program of 80 events offers tasty moments. Overview.

The highlights of Lyon BD

The Lyon BD party

The In festival will open on June 11 with a free evening in the form of a cartoon concert. Among the celebrations, the drawings of Nicolas Pétrimaux, the author of the noticed We must shoot Ramirez, will be accompanied by music conducive to reviving the crazy atmosphere of his work.

Illustrated Concert, Chemin des Célestins

Son of actors, Alfred, whose album Like before was crowned Fauve d’Or in Angoulême in 2014, learned to draw while watching his parents rehearse on stage. A lineage that opened the doors to the ancient Célestins theater where he was hosted in residence in the fall of 2020, intending to sketch the history of the place. Having ventured behind the scenes, the author takes the reader on a poetic nocturnal walk deployed in the album The Chemin des Célestins, published by Lyon BD. Based on texts read by Olivier Ka and music by Didier Lallemant, Alfred will produce live drawings inspired by the history of the oldest of Lyon’s theaters.

Tuesday June 8 at 7 p.m.

Climats, illustrated concert Raphaelle Macaron and Acid Arab

Also at Célestins, Lebanese designer Raphaelle Macaron is joining forces with the electro collective Acid Arab for a transdisciplinary and original creation that interweaves music and graphic illustration.

Wednesday June 9 at 9 p.m.

Lecture, Anatomy of Marsupilami

Frank Pé, designer of the famous Marsupilami in the new series The beast published by Dupuis editions, meets Jean-Sébastien Steyer, paleontologist at the CNRS and at the Paris Natural History Museum, on the occasion of a “real-fake scientific round table” dedicated to this strange animal. The Rencontre will be broadcast live on the museum’s Facebook and YouTube accounts and on Lyon BD. The designer also invests in the town hall of Lyon for the realization of a large fresco live throughout the weekend of June 12 and 13.

Wednesday June 9 at 6 p.m., Musée des Confluences

Meeting Riad Sattouf (In partnership with Le Figaro )

The author of the saga The Arab of the future will be, for his first visit to the festival, on the stage of the Opéra de Lyon, to talk about his work and interact with the public. Hosted by our colleague from Figaro Olivier Delcroix, the meeting will be broadcast live on the websites of Figaro Live and La Claque Fnac.

Saturday June 12, 2021 at 11 a.m., Opéra de Lyon

Meeting drawn with Zep

The creator of the rebellious rascal Titeuf has established himself as a leading author of comics for young people. Also new to Lyon BD, he will address all the facets of the character who dedicated him to then lend himself to the daring exercise of improvised drawings according to the requests of the children of the public. The meeting orchestrated by journalist Natacha Lefauconnier is also organized in partnership with La Fnac and Le Figaro.

Sunday June 13 at 11 a.m., Opéra de Lyon

Animation, Judith Vanistendael’s hairdressing salon

For Lyon BD Festival, the young designer, accompanied by two other authors, will install festival-goers “Like in a hairdressing salon” to realize their portraits drawn face-to-face. While drawing, the authors discuss and include bits of the conversation in the drawing they make. The bar of the Odéon theater will be adorned for the occasion with an exhibition presenting The Whale Library, the last comic strip by Judith Vanistendael published by Le Lombard editions. An atypical way of meeting his audience who will leave with the original drawing under their arm.

Saturday June 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Xavier Coste and Benjamin Flao Sunday June 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with Mohamad Kraytem and Élodie Shanta at the Théâtre Comédie-Odéon

Exhibition Eruptions, the comic strip on the front lines of contemporary disputes

Lebanon, Algeria, Chile, Hong Kong … are the current scenes of severe popular protests. Often, designers campaign through their drawings to support these movements of democratic inspiration. Eruptions salute their courage, in order to “Show that comics is an artistic discipline in touch with current events”, explains Mathieu Diez. Rich in about sixty works, the exhibition presents the work of forty artists, men or women, quick to brave danger, armed with their pencils, to testify, tell, sometimes take offense …

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Plate by Lebanese Kamal Hakim taken from the work A Lebanese stroll evoking the unrest that shook Lebanon during the winter of 2019/2020. 2020 Kamal Hakim

Performance and exhibition around the Dance Biennale

On the occasion of the Year of Comics and the Africa2020 Season, Lyon BD is expanding its territory by partnering with the Biennale de la danse. For this first collaboration, the authors Chloé Cruchaudet, Zelba and Barly Baruti will sketch from life the parade dedicated to African creation. The drawings will then be the subject of an exhibition on the site of the former Fagor-Brandt factories.

Biennale parade on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June. Exhibition from June 8 to 16

Show adapted from Gilles Rochier’s TMLP album

The Improjection collective takes hold of Gilles Rochier’s youth story published in 2012, for which it received the Revelation Prize in Angoulême, and produces a comic-concert in which the author participates.

Saturday June 12 at 2:30 p.m., Opéra Underground

And also…

Far from being exhaustive, the list of events not to be missed also counts: the workshops of Charles Berbérian, Pénélope Bagieu, Mathieu Sapin or Wilfrid Lupano, the round table around Lebanese comics, the exhibition dedicated to African authors, numerous performances and comic battles.

The entire program of festivities is to be found on the festival site.

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