By ANNE CANALP
Greek cartoonist and member of the International Cartoon Associations’ Federation, Ioannis Geralias, joined members of the Cyprus Turkish Cartoonists Association and artists and previous winners from Turkey, Iran and Romania for the week-long visit to assess a record 790 cartoons by 300 entrants from 62 countries.
Association head Musa Kayra said: ""We hope that our festival will be as long-lived as the olive trees which are its theme and we thank Girne Municipality for its continued support."
Provisional winners were announced at a Wednesday press conference at the Grand Pasha Hotel, subject to originality checks, before selected cartoons go on show as usual during the annual Girne Municipality 16th International Zeytinlik Olive Festival in October.
Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü said: "Despite our country's continuing international isolation, the festival continues to grow year-by-year."
He added that a cartoon album would be published once again this year and that he and municipality Arts Director Derman Atik would join the judging on Wednesday.
Turkish Cypriot cartoonists also flexed their pens on the Cyprus Problem last month at a bicommunal cultural festival in South Nicosia's Acropolis Park.
M Serhan Gazioğlu, Mustafa Tozaki and Devran Öztunç sketched visitors at the open-air show which featured works by 13 cartoonists including Hüseyin Çakmak, Musa Kayra, Arif Albayrak and Greek Cypriot artists Yeorgos A Yeorgiou, Thanos Papaspiropoulos and Hristakis Skufaris from the Haravgi newspaper.
The week-long open air fest was organised by the Progressive Party of Working People (Akel).
Musa Kayra said: "Our pens are translating thesebitter-sweet realities into fluent and funny images while we wait hopefullyfor peace but with memories of heartbreak."
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