The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns across a host of venues in Kendal from 15 – 17 October 2021, and we want you to be involved!

Are you passionate about comics and comic art and enjoy being part of something big?

Your volunteer journey begins here at LICAF!

Volunteers get to be part of the team of one of the UK’s biggest comic art festivals and gain valuable work experience. We're most in need of help on the festival weekend, and the days leading up to it.

However, we're always really glad of any assistance that can be offered, and are happy for people to volunteer around their schedules, and get involved as much or as little as they're able - it all helps!

Join the Red Brigade

Our exceptionally talented Volunteers – known as The Red Brigade – are at the heart of LICAF and are vital to the success of the Festival each and every year.

We need a range of dedicated volunteers to help us with set-up and stewarding of this exciting festival. As a volunteer, you will assist with the smooth delivery, set up and take down of events, and be a valued member of our small but passionate team.

There is the opportunity to assist in a variety of roles

Venue Assistants / Front of House team – These volunteers help to run individual events, leading on ushering and assisting venue staff in any way necessary. A passion for Comic Art and excellent customer service skills are a must.

Clock Tower Stewards – The Comics Clock Tower is our market place in Kendal Town Hall, with lots of table holders selling, signing and sketching. We ask for help with the CCT set-up and keeping the artists hydrated and fed, as they are often too busy to get away from their table for refreshments.

Artist Liaison Assistants – We have a registration desk in the Brewery Arts Centre for all guest artists to pick up their festival information pack which means that it is really, really busy at the start of the festival. We need volunteers who are comfortable interacting with artists to assist in this role. Since we really are an International Festival, language skills would be very helpful.

Little LICAF Assistants – This is a fantastic opportunity for people who love working with children. We take over parts of the shopping centre and library – there are lots of workshops and fun particularly in encouraging young people and their parents to create comic art themselves.

Drivers – We have a limited number of Driver Volunteer positions available, driving our VIP festival guests to and from venues and the airport. You must be over 21 with a full driving licence to apply for this position. Cars with lots of luggage space an advantage!

Homestay Hosts – We are always looking for people to host guests in their home. It’s a great way for a guest to be welcomed to the festival and Kendal and for the homestay host to get to know a guest at the festival.

In exchange for your time, the LICAF volunteers will receive the following benefits

- Access to all parts of the festival across the weekend whilst off-shift
- 1 free ticket to the opening night gala event
- A free LICAF Red Brigade t-shirt
- Exclusive Comic Art Festival artwork
- A unique festival atmosphere and the experience of meeting others who love comic art
- An invite to The Closing Party – to allow us to say thank you to you, and for you to chat and enjoy time with the people you’ve met and worked with over the weekend.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 10th September 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply

Please download our application form below!

You will then need to please return the completed form by emailing it with your name in the subject line to Marianne

If you have any queries about volunteering, please contact Marianne, our Volunteer Coordinator.