Hold your breath for Fartoon!

Readers will breathe a sigh of relief (no pun intended!) when they learn that Fartoon, a popular event returning to Mar Shopping Algarve in Loulé this month, is not about flatulence!

The name, in fact, relates to a cartoon exhibition showcasing the works of artists from 21 countries.

Fartoon, organised by Faro 1540, an association promoting culture in the town, sees the finalists – 35 in total – of an international cartoon challenge entitled “Europe and the Migratory Phenomenon” exhibit their works at the shopping centre (outside Mango) until August 7.

According to organisers, the number of participants exceeded all expectations and the exhibition is an opportunity to “promote the cartoon as a form of artistic expression as well as a powerful communication tool”.

This year’s theme aims to raise awareness about the challenges of migration and displacement, with the cartoons representing such controversial issues as political and social conflict, religious and racial prejudice, and climate change.

Among the finalists is a cartoon by Portuguese artist Hélder Peleja, as well as works by artists from Brazil, Turkey, Russia, France, Syria and Cuba, among other countries.

First prizes went to Sava Babic from Serbia, J. Kustana from Indonesia and Ali Shafai from Iran.