Continuing traditionally good sister city relations of friendship and cooperation that now last for almost 46 years, the City of Kragujevac made its contribution to the celebration of the Statehood Day of Romania on December 01, 2017 in Pitesti by displaying the 19th International Antiwar Cartoon Salon exhibition at its City Hall.
This year's edition of the Antiwar Cartoon Salon was marked by great number of received works – 414 authors from 61 countries applied with 986 works, the fact speaks for itself but also indicates how powerful is the Salon's message. Cartoonists are united in condemnation, ridicule and mockery of war and warriors, and that is encouraging for the organisers.
Especially valuable for the Salon are the awards given by the sister cities. The first partner of this international event was Ingolstadt (Germany) 16 years ago. Afterwards, it gained the support of Bydgoszcz and Bielsko-Biala (Poland), Suresnes (France), Pitesti (Romania), and Carrara (Italy), as well as the International Association of the Peace Messenger Cities since 2009. At this Salon's edition the Ukrainian cartoonist Konstantin Kazachev won the City of Pitesti award.
At the vernissage the Mayor of Pitesti Cornel Ionica, the director of the Memorial Park Kragujevacki Oktobar Mrs Marijana Stankovic, and the historian Sebastian Tudor addressed the attendees. The exhibition is going to be on display throughout December.