Studio Europa Maastricht aims to stimulate debate on European current affairs and help shape the future of Europe, by bringing people from different disciplines and opinions together. Cartoons are a source of inspiration and an indispensable part of an open debate on Europe. To honour their significance, we launch the European Cartoon Award together with European Press Prize.
It takes courage to create cartoons. They are expressive and conspicuous by nature, often provoke offence. Sometimes they even push the limits of people’s conceptions. Cartoons can travel fast and wide. They are the hallmark of an open society and freedom of expression. But cartoonists are vulnerable, like any other critical journalist.
We want to encourage discussion and debate on the topic of Europe and are therefore thrilled to announce our first European Cartoon Award, one of the biggest in the world – with a €10.000 prize.