30th Helsinki Comics Festival
The 2015 festival themes are Asian comics and Zines
The 30th Helsinki Comics Festival will take place on 28th–30th of August 2015 at Lasipalatsi Square and nearby venues in Central Helsinki, Finland. Our themes this year are zines and Asian comics art.
Helsinki Comics Festival is the largest comic-related event in Finland and Northern Europe. The festival is free of charge and the programme consists of interviews, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, performances, competitions, signings and evening events. The event keeps growing and last year we counted 25,000 visitors.
The festival offers a fair and a platform for publishers and comic artists from Finland and abroad. In addition to the main exhibitors' area we organise Small Press Heaven, an alternative fair of zines, smaller publications and young artists.
The main festival venue tent and the Small Press Heaven are located at LASIPALATSI SQUARE (Mannerheimintie 22 - 24).
Helsinki Comics Festival is organised by Finnish Comics Society.
For more information, please contact:
Finnish Comics Society / Sarjakuvakeskus / Comics Center
CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS AND SMALL PRESS: Deadline 15.6.
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 (max. 14 exhibitor spaces).
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 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 be prepared to share a table. Please include the following information in your reservation:
- Name of the artist or collective the table is reserved for
- Short, one paragraph (1–4 sentences) long introduction of the artist or collective
- URL of your website or blog
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.
PROGRAMME AND EXHIBITION SUGGESTIONS: Deadline 31.5.
If you are interested in attaining a programme slot or want to suggest a satellite exhibition, please contact us by 31st May, 2015. In the case of the satellite exhibitions the festival cannot take part financially or assist in the production, but we are happy to help you find a suitable venue in Helsinki and promote the event in the festival's press agenda (web site and catalogue).
FREE HOME ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE: Deadline 15.5.
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 as soon as possible. Please note that we can guarantee home accommodation to at maximum 12 guests, so be quick with your reservation!
For those wishing to stay at a hotel, the festival is negotiating a discount with central Helsinki hotels for festival guests and exhibitors. Once the details are set, we will send you further information by email.
For more information, please contact:
Kalle Hakkola, artistic director
Maura Manninen, international coordinator
Petra Koponen, production assistant