6 October 2017

Moomins at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, Cumbria, UK for a weekend each October. This year Tove Jansson’s Moomins are featured on this event celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators, and writers. There really is something for everyone, whether you’re a comic veteran, new to comics or just love seeing amazing artists at work!



An opportunity for families to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of the Moomins!

Free events throughout the day at the Westmorland Shopping Centre
SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
SUNDAY, 15 OCTOBER 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Take a journey into Moominvalley and get involved in a wide range of creative comics activity with some surprises along the way.

We Love the Moomins is devised and produced by Sian Wyn Owen, University of Cumbria in partnership with Kendal College.



Panel discussion on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 – 14:30 at Main Theatre, Brewery Arts Centre

This year LICAF is celebrating the life and work of novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author Tove Jansson. This event explores the phenomenon of the Moomins as well as revealing much more about this extraordinary woman and the huge legacy she has left across the world.

The panel will feature Sophia Jansson (Tove Jansson’s niece and Artistic Director of Oy Moomin Characters Ltd), Tuula Karjalainen (author of ‘Tove Jansson: Work and Love’), Jonathan Edwards (joint-creator with Felt Mistress of ‘Archipelagogo’ a new installation commissioned for LICAF 2017). It will be hosted by comics expert Paul Gravett.

There will be signings immediately after the event with Tuula Karjalainen.

More than the Moomins – The Life & Work of Tove Jansson is sponsored by the Finnish Institute and Moomin.



1 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER 2017 at Kendal Museum

Curated by the Finnish Institute in London and the ICA, this fascinating photographic exhibition, looks at the life and work of Tove Jansson.

The enchanting Moomins family have been delighting readers since their adventures were first published in the 1940s. Original and rare photographs and material relating to Jansson’s life, family and friendships go beyond the Moomins and reveal a highly talented painter and writer of adult fiction. Illustrated books and early first editions of the Moomins are included in the exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition here.



1 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2017 at Wildman Gallery, Wildman Street

Commissioned by LICAF to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson, this spellbinding multimedia exhibition by super-talented artists Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) creates a group of fantasy islands (archipelago) and creatures. The exhibition is inspired by the life, work and creativity of Tove Jansson.

Read more about the exhibition here.


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