Helsinki Comics Festival 2011
From www.sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi comes news of the Helsinki Comics Festival 2011. This promises to be a very exciting couple of days! Book your plane tickets now!
The 26th Helsinki Comics Festival will take place on the 16th — 18th of September 2011 at Lasipalatsi Square and nearby venues in Central Helsinki. This year’s special themes are British comics and 100 years of Finnish comics.
Helsinki Comics Festival is the largest comic-related event in Finland and Northern Europe, organised by the Finnish Comics Society since 1979. The festival is free of charge and the programme consists of a comics fair, interviews, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, performances, competitions, signings and evening events. The event keeps growing and last year we counted 100 programme slots, 25 exhibitions, 15,000 visitors…
British comics are known for groundbreaking underground artists from the 1970s as well as several mainstream names that have surfaced since the 1980s. Much interesting movement is happening right now, with a new wave of distinctive modern comics. The British comics programme is produced by London-based comics journalist and author Paul Gravett (Graphic Novels — Stories to Change Your Life, 2005).
100 years of Finnish comics has been a theme for celebration and special events in Finland throughout 2011. The first full-length comic book in the country was Ilmari Vainio’s Professori Itikaisen tutkimusretki, published in 1911.
Helsinki Comics Festival includes a fair for publishers and commerce from Finland and abroad. This will be arranged for the second year in a large scale tent at Lasipalatsi square at the heart of the city. Small Press Heaven is an alternative fair of zines, smaller publications and young artists at a separate spot near the main tent.
Booths of 3 x 3 meters are available for publishers and exhibitors at the comic fair. The space is open and tables and furniture can be reserved through organisers. To book a booth or share one with other exhibitors, please contact the Finnish Comics Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tables at Small Press Heaven are free or charge, but need to be reserved in advance. You can book a table at email@example.com.
If you wish to take part in the festival or have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you more information about the festival and Helsinki.