The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just received a welcome cash boost from Kendal Town Council that will help it secure further funding for this year’s weekend-long event in October (16th-18th October 2015) and its impressive array of outreach projects.
The Town Council voted to allocate a further £2,500 of funding to the town’s annual Comic Art Festival earlier this week – increased funding that means the event will also continue to receive help from the British Arts Council to develop internationally.
The increase will be a one-off payment for this year’s Festival, whose line-up has yet to be announced but we’re told includes a similar line-up of both British and international guests as over the past two years. There are some great names in the still-secret line-up but the first will be announced next month.
Numerous outreach projects are in the works including a longform graphic novel, partner events with organisations both home and abroad, and a partnership with nearby Lancaster Library for a special comics day, probably in June.
The Festival’s patrons are Bryan and Mary Talbot, Sean Phillips (who is working on a fantastic exhibition for the event, encompassing the work of numerous artists) and Emma Vieceli.
• Booking for spaces in Kendal’s Comics Clock Tower venue for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th – 18th October 2015) closes on 27th February 2015. Full details here
• Existing and potential new volunteers for the Festival have been invited to a relaxed and friendly meeting on Tuesday 24th March where organisers will review the 2014 Festival, share the 2015 line-up and discuss volunteering opportunities. It will take place at 7.00pm in The Warehouse Café at The Brewery, Kendal. If you’d like to come or are interested in volunteering email: firstname.lastname@example.org