The first national exhibitons of Bulgarian cartoons held in Gabrovo date back to 1965. They were followed by group shows organized by Bulgarian cartoonists in 1979 and 1981, but it is the thematic national cartoon competitions and exhibitions EUROPE DREAMS OF BULGARIA (1998), FUN-LOVING BALKANS (1999), WHAT, SWITZERLAND? (2004) and EUROSAPEINS (2009) that have left an indelible imprint in the more recent history of the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE.