When LICAF started in 2013, it was an annual festival. But we have grown!
Today, we are a year-round organisation, supporting many ongoing programmes throughout the year and across the globe.
WE TRULY BELIEVE THAT COMICS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
Since 2013, LICAF has forged over 29 official international partnerships and commissioned projects with cultural institutes, festivals and comic organisations across the world.
Key partnerships include Comic Art Europe, a Creative Europe funded consortium with three other European comic organisations, delivering a range of activity. We also have an ongoing alliance with the National Cartoonist Society in America, and are very excited about our emerging relationships with the American University in Beirut and Arabic comics.
Many other current international partnerships, including comics festivals and other cultural institutions, all help drive an increasingly innovative programme.
Comic creatives ranging from amateur, pre-vocational, semi-professional and professional creatives are at the heart of our work, as contributors to our festival, and deliverers of our year-round programme.
LICAF has become far more than its hugely-popular annual celebration of comic art and collaboration, now working with diverse communities across the UK, and with partners in countries across the globe.
We actively seek exciting and innovative opportunities for UK-based creatives to engage with comics internationally, through residencies, summer schools, and as participants at partner festivals across Europe and North America.
LICAF has always sought to work regionally, both nationally and internationally, as well as with close links to our resident community, local organisations and institutions.
Our move to Bowness-on-Windermere in 2022 will allow us to position our annual Festival in one of the UK’s most internationally recognised destinations - to develop a bold, unique programme that celebrates comic art globally, while remaining distinctively linked to its location in the Lakes.