The 27th Helsinki Comics Festival takes place at Lasipalatsi Square, Kiasma and nearby venues in Central Helsinki on 7, 8 & 9 September 2012. The theme this year is "9 - Comics as an art form", and the focus country is Belgium.
The Helsinki Comics Festival is the largest comic-related event in Finland and Northern Europe, and has been put on by the Finnish Comics Society since 1979. The festival is free of charge and the programme consists of a comics fair, interviews, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, performances, competitions, signings and evening events.
During the festival there will be exhibitions of illustrations by Brecht Vandenbroucke, Judith Vanistendael, Brecht Evens, Ward Zwart and Herr Seele, who also made the Belgian Comics banner.