HELSINKI COMICS FESTIVAL
Suvilahti, September 7th–8th 2019
Helsinki Comics Festival 2019 will be held from 7th until 8th of September in Kattilahalli & Tiivistämö, Suvilahti. The doors are open on Saturday from 10:30 to 19 and Sunday from 10:30 to 18. The festival is completely free and open for public.
Suvilahti is the cultural heart of Helsinki right next to Kallio, the most bohemian part of the city. This is our third year filling the Suvilahti and its industrial buildings with comics, their readers, Zine Fest filled with self publishers and music and performances by people from our comics community!
Themes: Environment, influential comics and North
Helsinki Comics Festival 2019 will collaborate with influential organisations to drive home this year’s themes, and raise awareness for comics as a social force for change. Finnish comics are artistically ambitious and internationally recognised. With our theme of the North, we want to bolster the status of Finnish comics as well as draw attention to stories about the indigenous inhabitants of these northern regions, such as the Sámi.
Climate change is also one of the most pressing issues humanity currently faces, and addressing questions surrounding global warming is integral to the festival, too. Our festival will approach the environment theme both through the eyes of Earth’s natural ecosystems as well as constructed human spaces.
Festival Artist 2019: Maria Björklund
This year our Festival Artist is Maria Björklund, comics artist, animation director and illustrator from Helsinki whose area of expertise includes experimental films as well as designing cute characters. Björklund has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world with comics, animations and other work. In recent years her most well-known work has been “Planet Z” which started off as a comic in the Nyt (“Now”) supplement in the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. A Planet Z animated TV series is at the moment in pre-production.
Guests of Honour
We are also honoured to tell that eminent and Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême winner 2013 Willem will be participating the festival this year. Rosi Kämpe, a Finnish artist drawing for Marvel, is also part of our guests in 2019!
General information about the festival
Helsinki Comics Festival, organised by Finnish Comics Society, is the largest annual comics festival in Northern Europe. The festival features an exciting gathering of comics artists and publishers from all around the world, and attracts ca. 11 000–20 000 visitors each year.
Helsinki Comics Festival 2019 is organised by a committee appointed by Finnish Comics Society and several volunteers.
Producer Maura Manninen
Producer & exhibition coordinator Kati Vuopala
Press officer Mirja Kolttola
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