The 29th Helsinki Comics Festival, 5th to 7th of September 2014
Poster by 2014 festival artist Joonas Rinta-Kanto
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.
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: 11 am to 6 pm
Call for Exhibitors: Deadline 30.6.
We offer international exhibitors a free sales spot either in the main festival tent (publishers and organisations) or in the Small Press Heaven (individual artists and collectives). This year Small Press Heaven is organised in several pop-up tents (4 x 8 metres) around the main tent. Each tent seats 6-7 tables.
Main tent: 180 x 80 cm
Small Press Heaven: 140 x 60 cm
Main tent: Friday to Sunday
Small Press Heaven: Saturday to Sunday
Please state in your reservation whether you wish to have a table in the main tent or in Small Press Heaven. If you wish to share a SPH tent or table with certain exhibitors, let us know beforehand and we are happy to arrange the seating accordingly. Due to limited table space both in the main tent and SPH tents, please indicate also if you are willing to share a table if need be.
If you need an official invitation for funding your visit to the festival or have any questions, let us know and we will provide the necessary documents.
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.
As in previous years, Helsinki Comics Festival and its volunteers offer international exhibitors free home accommodation during the festival. Please state in your table reservation if you wish to stay in home accommodation, how many are in your party and for which dates you need accommodation. We will confirm your hosts in the beginning of July.
Programme and exhibition suggestions: Deadline 30.4.
If you are interested in attaining a programme slot or want to suggest an exhibition, please contact us by 30th April. In the case of the exhibitions the festival cannot take part financially, but we are happy to help you find a suitable venue and promote the event in the festival's press agenda (web site and catalogue).
For more information, please contact:
Katri Naukkarinen, producer
Kalle Hakkola, technical producer
Maura Manninen international coordinator