Des­ti­na­tion za­greb

From art to Za­greb IFCC brings to­gether 60 in­ter­na­tional ex­perts to share knowl­edge on il­lus­tra­tion, con­cept art and much more

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With over 60 pro artists at­tend­ing May’s IFCC event in Croa­tia’s cap­i­tal, there’s a good chance you’ll bump into one of your art he­roes on the city streets.

“There isn’t an­other sim­i­lar event any­where near,” says Marko Pr­pic Zets, direc­tor of the In­de­pen­dent Fes­ti­val of Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (IFCC), in Croa­tia. “Our re­gion fea­tures many amaz­ing artists and de­sign­ers. Com­bine them with well-known in­ter­na­tional folks and you get a cre­ative ex­plo­sion called IFCC.”

The Za­greb-based event is the re­sult of Croa­tia’s Boonar Stu­dio project and the Boonika art net­work ( www.boonika.net) work­ing to­gether, with Marko at the helm. IFCC fo­cuses on art and de­sign, par­tic­u­larly within the en­ter­tain­ment, pub­lish­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­tries.

Con­firmed speak­ers for 2015 in­clude Mike Hill, Jan Urschel and Darek Zabrocki – some of the 60-plus ex­perts who’ll be on hand to share their knowl­edge. “I think our old slo­gan – ‘We sup­port art… no bull­shit!’ – says it all,” Marko ex­plains. “IFCC is a big project which will, hope­fully, give us an op­por­tu­nity do some­thing sig­nif­i­cant for artists and de­sign­ers in the in­dus­try.”

There’s a big fo­cus on com­mer­cial il­lus­tra­tions, an­i­ma­tions and con­cept art. “The truth is that ‘art in the in­dus­try’ is one of most im­por­tant forms of con­tem­po­rary art,” says Marko. “At least, that’s how we see it.”

IFCC takes place be­tween 25 and 30 May. See www.ifcc-croa­tia.com for de­tails. Imag­ineFX read­ers can re­ceive a 20 per cent dis­count off tick­ets by en­ter­ing fu­ture#ifcc at http://ifcc-croa­tia.com/get-tick­ets.

Two paint­ings by Eng­land-based

artist Darek Zabrocki, who’ll be ap­pear­ing at May’s IFCC in Croa­tia.

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