Walking tour

Traces of colonisation in comics

© T. Schlesser©

Colonisation has been a major theme in comics from the 1950s to the present day. Did you know that Francis Blake and Philip Mortimer first met in Shimla, the most British of Indian cities in the colonial era? Or that comics artist Jijé hated the book Tintin in the Congo and created the character of Cirage – a highly intelligent African boy – in reaction to it? And why has the Odilon Verjus mural been daubed with the word ‘Decolonise!’ when the woman depicted is none other than legendary dancer, singer and actress Josephine Baker? Join us for this unique wander around the ‘ninth art’ as seen through the prism of colonialism.

In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.

Practical information

Sat. at 13:30 and Sun. at 16:00 (EN) and Sat. at 10:00 and 16:00 and Sun. at 10:00 and 13:30 (FR) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: in front of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Kapelle Church, Place de la Chapelle/Kapellemarkt, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.