The Caricature Festival

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A brief history:
The Festival of Caricature, Humours newspaper drawing of Saint Jean de Sixt was born in 2003.
Jacques THOMAS, Presse cartoonist and caricaturist of profession, came on vacation for some years in the Aravis and one day he made a halt in the village of Saint jean de Sixt. While having a lunch in the restaurant of Jean and Jocelyne BRICHET, he didn’t know at that time that a wonderful friendship had begun. Some sketches have been drawn on an edge of the table and a slice of fun, Jacques asked Jean if he can come back next year with his friend Angelo DI MARCO, Press and comic book cartoonist. The main idea was to offer visitors an exhibition of their works and also to realise sketching and drawing of and for the visitor. All this would take place, why not, at the village hall. Now it has been nearly fifteen years that the festival has been going on!
Since then they went from three to six artists and even more than 10 artists during the latest editions. The festival last for a weekend and it is in the middle of the month of March in a way to end the winter and to welcome the warmer days that are coming.
In all, it has been twenty-five cartoonist that have been present in all the 15th passed editions.
Evolving in different universe, the artists present a humorous and satirical patchwork of their vison of the news and in a more general way, their view of the world.
The festival had been held successively by the tourism office, The Traders Union of Saint Jean de Sixt and then back to the Tourism office. The Festival continues and its organizers wish to give it a more intercommunal dimension at first and then maybe an international dimension.
In 2019 we had the honour of welcoming Steve Bell, the official caricaturist of the newspaper “the Guardian” for 30 years.
An exhibition of 50 pieces of his work had been programmed with the partnership of the four tourism offices.
It was spread around Thônes, Le Grand-Bornand, La Clusaz, Manigod et Saint Jean de Sixt during one month, from the 10th of February till the 10th of March 2019.
 
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It was while noticing the pleasure that all the caricaturists felt each year during the festival that Jacques Thomas co-founder of the festival found the name: L’osmose.
Sebastien Dieu have drawn the actual logo of the festival in 2010.
 
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The Numbers of the weekend:
250 caricatures
750 visitors
4653 used pencils
326 erasers used
12532 shared laughter
Organisation team exhausted
 
Next edition the 18th and 19th of April 2020
 
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Fifteen years of festival in posters:
1.JACQUES THOMAS
2.ANGELO DI MARCO
3.PIERRE AMOUDRY
4.DAVID LOPEZ.
5.ALEXIS SAINT AUGUSTIN
6.JACQUES THOMAS
7.MICKAEL BLANC
8.LAURENT DELOIRE
9.SEBASTIEN DIEU
10.JACQUES THOMAS
11.MICHEL PICHON
12.ENO PHILIPPE
13.GIBO
14.GRILLOT
15.DJONY RUBIO