It is also the first one entirely in Catalan in the entire linguistic domain
The Directorate General for Language Policy is launching FeMA, the first Manga and Anime Festival in Catalan, an initiative to promote the use of the Catalan language through two expressions of Japanese culture: anime films and manga comics.
The first Manga and Anime Festival of the Balearic Islands
The Festival aims to promote and boost the culture of manga and anime comics in Catalan as a gateway to the promotion of Catalan among the younger audience. It also aims to be a showcase for Catalan publications in this genre and a way to take the pulse of screenings of anime series and films in Catalan.
This is the first festival of its kind to be organised in the Balearic Islands and also the first to be held entirely in Catalan in Catalan-speaking countries. It will take place between the 5th and 15th of April in Sant Francesc de Formentera, Santa Eulària des Riu, Eivissa, Ciutadella and Palma.
The programme on the different islands includes introductory workshops on manga and kanji, talks with anime and manga experts in Catalan, karaoke, costume contests, etc., and the screening of two recent anime premieres in Catalan, Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time and Blue Thermal. All the information can be found on the website dogpiling.caib.cat.
VadCultura, the Consell Insular de Formentera, the Ajuntament de Eivissa, the Ajuntament de Santa Eulària des Riu, the Ajuntament de Ciutadella, the Ajuntament de Palma, the Asociación Otaku de Eivissa, Shinigamis de Mallorca, Samfaina Visual, the Red de Bibliotecas de Menorca, the Library Network of Mallorca, the Library Network of Eivissa, the Municipal Library of Eivissa, Tallers d’Art, Univers del Cómic, Librería Pau, Librería Mediterránea, Koala Menorca and the publishers’ Norma Editorial, Planeta Comic, Ooso comics, Kaji Manga and Distrito Manga. In addition, several libraries on the islands are collaborating by creating centres of interest with their manga collection in Catalan.