Czech guests announced for Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal

In partnership with the Czech Literary Center, the International Lakes Comic Festival (LICAF) announced the addition of five Czech comic book creators to the festival’s lineup in October.

The Czech Literary Center also supports two residencies for international artists in association with LICAF.

Katerina Cupova and Stepanka Jislova will be working in Kendal ahead of this year’s weekend festival, and a similar exchange saw graphic novelist Sayra Begum working in Prague this summer, and Rachael Smith, the creator of Quarantine Comix, is on set to visit capital Europe later this year.

The Here & Now exhibition – one of many ongoing exhibitions this year – is also funded by the Czech Literary Center.

“We are delighted to welcome five talented comic book artists to Kendal this year,” said festival director Julie Tait.

“And the Literary Center’s support for our ongoing international comic book creator exchange program throughout the year is greatly appreciated. ”

The Czech Literary Center, a section of the Moravian Library, supports and promotes Czech literature abroad and in the Czech Republic.

Its objectives include the promotion of prose, literature for children and young adults, poetry, theater, comics, non-fiction and new forms of literature. It also serves as an information center for foreign publishers, translators, specialists in Czech studies, event planners and others interested in Czech literature.

Other international partners of LICAF include Art Bubble in Denmark, the Bilili BD Festival in Congo, the Flemish Institute, the French Institute (the French Institute), the Italian Cultural Institute, the Komiket based in the Philippines, the Lyon BD Festival, the United States-based National Cartoonists Society, and a number of international embassies.

Returning with a physical festival in Kendal between October 15-17, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings together the best artists, writers and comic book makers in the Lake District for a comic book weekend packed with the message. general – Comics can change the world.

The festival program includes live cartoons, creative workshops, a comic marketplace, debates, cartoonists, satire, exhibitions and some of the most amazing comic artists from around the world.

The festival takes place at venues across the Brewery Arts Center and across the town of Kendal.

Daniel K. Denny