The story
The most wonderful cities in the world are founded upon a myth, and Antwerp is no exception. Legend has it that, to cross the Scheldt River, you first had to pay a toll to a fearsome giant, named Druon Antigoon. Whenever sailors on the Scheldt river refused to pay the toll to the giant, he punished them by cutting off their hand. A Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo slayed the giant, cut off its hand, and tossed it into the Scheldt River. Given that the Dutch for "hand thrown" is "hand werpen", the city’s name was born. So, the "hand" has become the symbol of Antwerp and it is looked upon like an official shield of Antwerp. There are excellent cookies and different types of chocolates in the shape of a hand. This artisanal product is recognized by the European Union as "guaranteed traditional specialty".

Travelling exhibition
Giving someone a hand is letting them borrow your hands, or in other words, helping them out. A hand is also often used to greet somebody, which makes it a nice symbol for a friendly gesture. A selection of Belgian graphic artists made in the form of a hand, an illustration on the theme "friendship". These designs will be part of a travelling exhibition, which starts in Antwerp in 2017 to go to Havana (Cuba), Lisbon (Portugal), Namur (Belgium) and other cities.

Public design contest
Antwerpen Koekenstad takes you to the world of cookies and chocolate with exhibitions, two tasting tours (Antwerp Chocolate Week and Antwerp Pateekes Week) and the ‘Antwerpse Handjes’ illustration contest. Antwerpse Handjes (Little Hands from Antwerp) are wellknown local treats: cookies or chocolates stuffed with marzipan or praliné. We challenge you to make your own version. Are you over 16 years old and passionate about illustration? Then send in your design based on the template and take a shot at 3000 euros of prize money. The best contributions will be featured on posters throughout the city, and the winning design will also be printed on a unique cookie tin. In this folder and on facebook.com/antwerpshandje you can see a selection of contributions from the past editions. This year’s theme is friendship. Be inspired and send your digital design to antwerpsehandjes@gmail.com before 8 January 2017!

The template and more information can be found on the website: antwerpenkoekenstad.be/antwerpse-handjes

Artist Submissions

Mieke Lamiroy
Mieke Lamiroy
Johan Devrome
Johan Devrome
Nikolaas Demoen
Nikolaas Demoen
Rika Deryckere
Rika Deryckere
Cost.
Cost.
Patryck de Froidmont
Patryck de Froidmont
FBS Studio
FBS Studio
Inge Bogaerts
Inge Bogaerts
Eric Meynendonckx
Eric Meynendonckx
Jean-Louis Lejeune
Jean-Louis Lejeune
Charlotte Peys
Charlotte Peys
Ben Peeters
Ben Peeters
Julie Toussaint
Julie Toussaint
Teresa Sdralevich
Teresa Sdralevich
Katrien Van Schuylenbergh
Katrien Van Schuylenbergh
Steven Van Hasten
Steven Van Hasten
Sarah Wouters
Sarah Wouters
Geert Vervaeke
Geert Vervaeke
Ellen Vrijsen
Ellen Vrijsen
Wide Verknocke
Wide Verknocke
Eva Vermeiren
Eva Vermeiren
Marc Van Overbeke
Marc Van Overbeke
Marie Van Praag
Marie Van Praag
Karolien Vanderstappen
Karolien Vanderstappen
Annelies Vanoost
Annelies Vanoost
Irma Smeets
Irma Smeets
Frédéric Thiry
Frédéric Thiry
Schen
Schen
Charlotte Severeyns
Charlotte Severeyns
Inge Rylant
Inge Rylant
Jean-Claude Salemi
Jean-Claude Salemi
Liesje Mentens
Liesje Mentens
Daan Rosseels
Daan Rosseels
Greet Lesage
Greet Lesage
Sisca Locca
Sisca Locca
Matto Le D.
Matto Le D.
Pascal Lemaître
Pascal Lemaître
Ivan Lammerant
Ivan Lammerant
Jürg
Jürg
Laura Geurten
Laura Geurten
François Godin
François Godin
Pieter Gaudesaboos
Pieter Gaudesaboos
Regine De Loose
Regine De Loose
Merel Eyckerman
Merel Eyckerman
Philippe de Kemmeter
Philippe de Kemmeter
Thomas Delhaye
Thomas Delhaye
Serge Dehaes
Serge Dehaes
Sassafras De Bruyn
Sassafras De Bruyn
Eleni Debo
Eleni Debo
Silke Daneels
Silke Daneels
Kristien Aertssen
Kristien Aertssen
Johnny Bekaert
Johnny Bekaert
Tom Schamp
Tom Schamp

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