Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival: Food and drink chosen as theme

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Cartoonists and caricaturists will descend on Shrewsbury this weekend for the annual Cartoon Festival.

Based around the theme of food and drink, they will turn their hand to producing humorous and witty images to entertain members of the public.

A day of live events in The Square on Saturday complements other activities including workshops, talks, exhibitions and a trail around the town.

The focus of the live event will see 30 cartoonists from around the world set loose to caricature and cartoon to their heart's content. Also in The Square there will be the Fast Food Takeaway Shack serving freshly made drawings, and a live cartoon performance "The Great British Cook Off Melodrawma".

The Eat, Draw and be Funny selling exhibitions at Bear Steps and Theatre Severn will offer over 100 cartoons to tantalise visitors' taste buds.

The exhibition at the Bear Steps, St Alkmund's Square will run until April 29.

The exhibition at Theatre Severn runs from April through to late May and includes an auction of the Worship of Bacchus. Other ingredients that can be found in the FBC Manby Bowdler Gallery include animation tips, clips, storyboards and cartoon motifs.

Tim King, spokesman for the festival said: "An important aim of the festival is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to get stuck in and have fun."

Alongside what is being served up in The Square the workshops on Saturday will include two Expressive Animation workshops lead by local artist Joe Coulman – 10am and 11.30am.


Angela Martin will help people create their own cartoon character and bring it to life in her 'Fruit 'n' Veg, Pots and Pans' Workshop at 10.30am – 12.30pm. Finally, Andy McKeown will run two 'Drawing in Motion' workshops at 1.30pm and 3pm which costs £4 per session.

"Last but not least the S-mile Trail is as tasty as ever, a coffee, cake and cartoon trail around town.

"We would like to thank our sponsors and look forward to seeing everybody on the day," added Tim.

For information about all the festival events go to

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