Summary

Å-fest comic festival is a nordic comic book and -culture event which is held annually in Porvoo, Finland. The focus of the one-day festival is on small press and nordic comic culture. Along with interviews, discussions and workshops with comic culture professionals, there are comic bazaar for sellers and buyers, multiple exhibitions and other activities. The event aims to create a dynamic avenue where local, national and nordic creative comic talents come together to share ideas and learn from each other. Another aim is to educate the public about comic culture in Nordic countries. Å-fest is held in February at various locations and usually it attracts approximately 400-500 visitors. It is organized by Porvoon sarjakuvaseura (Comic Society of Porvoo) with a group of volunteers. First Å-fest was held in 2015. The event is mainly funded by the City of Porvoo, Aktia Säätiö, Svenska Kulturfonden and several sponsors.