The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2023

LICAF will return to Bowness-on-Windermere - Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October 2023!

Our events will include live draws, interviews, presentations, workshops, exhibitions, book launches, Little LICAF activities, a Comics Marketplace and provide a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world!

Check out the awesome event programme for 2023!

LICAF 2023 - Festival Guide

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2023 promises to be better than ever, with the best comic artists, writers & creators heading to the beautiful Lake District for a packed comic art weekend… Join us from 29 September - 1 October in Bowness-on-Windermere!


Windows on Comic Art featuring From Ink to Action

The ever-popular Windows on Comic Art Trail returns to Bowness from Sept 23 to Oct 8 and this year brings an exciting addition... In partnership with the British Council, LICAF proudly presents From Ink to Action, featuring 12 talented artists from the MENA region.

Dickie and the Quest for the Windermere Ghost!

Suitable for all ages, families, with a route accessible to wheelchair users, you can start your Dickie Geocache Adventure from Bowness Visitor Information Centre, then head to and enter the game code KIXG to start!

Sophie Castille Prize for Comics in Translation

The Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation are for the best translation of graphic novels into a variety of languages. The inaugural award, created in honour of Sophie Castille, will be for the best translation of a non-English graphic novel into English.

Explore the marvellous world of manga!

For curious comic art creatives Make Mine Manga is a FREE exhibition touring North West libraries until May 2024! Exploring the origins of manga in Japan, creative techniques and the wonder of Manga-Anime.

Comic Boom Podcast - Comics in Education

Comic Boom is an education podcast by Lucy Starbuck Braidley exploring the use of comics in education. Recent podcasts include interviews with fab comic creators Emma Reynolds and Sayra Begum.


LICAF Partnerships

Today, we are a year-round organisation, supporting many ongoing programmes throughout the year and across the globe. Since 2013, LICAF has forged over 30 official international partnerships and commissioned projects with cultural institutes, festivals and comic organisations across the world.