The 29th Helsinki Comics Festival
5th to 7th of September 2014
The 2014 festival themes are Germany and Queer Comics
The largest comics festival in Northern Europe welcomes comics fans and professionals alike! The main event, held on the first full weekend of September features once again a comics market, Small Press Heaven, artists, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, live drawing performances, competitions, animation, kids' events and clubs. Our theme this year is LGBT comics, and our guest country is Germany.
The German theme is showcased with bringing in visiting artist, exhibitions, residencies and workshops. The festival is proud to host the artist Olivier Kugler, Sascha Hommer, Anna Haifisch, Birgit Weyhe and Marijpol, among many others. Switzerland and Austria are also represented with their own visiting artists and exhibitions.
Among the highlights of this year's festival are the exhibitions celebrating the lives and works of two of the most prolific Finnish LGBT artists, Moomin creator Tove Jansson and Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland. In keeping with the LGBT theme, Helsinki Comics Festival welcomes the Spanish artist Sebas Martín.
Join us in September to discover comics!
The main festival venue tent and the Small Press Heaven are located at LASIPALATSI SQUARE (Mannerheimintie 22 - 24), with programme and the comics market open all weekend.
Main venue opening hours:
Friday the 5th of September: 14 pm to 8 pm
Saturday the 6th of September: 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday the 7th of September: 12 am to 6 pm
Call for Exhibitors: Deadline 30.6.
Deadline for exhibitor sign-up has passed.
Shipping books to Finland
If you want to ship your books to us beforehand, please use the following details and write us a heads-up email when the books are on their way:
Name: Helsinki Comics Festival / Sarjakuvakeskus
The books will be moved to the festival area by the staff beforehand and will wait for you at your sales table.
Free home accommodation available: Deadline 30.6.
Deadline for home accommodation has passed. We will confirm current sign-ups and hosts by early August.
Programme and exhibition suggestions: Deadline 25.5.
Deadline for programme and exhibition suggestions has passed.
For more information, please contact:
Katri Naukkarinen, producer
Kalle Hakkola, technical producer
Maura Manninen, international coordinator
Poster by 2014 festival artist Joonas Rinta-Kanto