In October, the Tinta Festival, the successor to Stripolisfest, will leave traces all over Ljubljana with a varied selection of comic events. Exhibitions, workshops, discussions, a comics fair, presentations of new releases and signings, an auction of original issues, live readings, film screenings, socializing and a whole heap of fun for all fans of comics!
The main part of the festival will take place from 10th to 14th October at various cultural venues around Ljubljana, with the rest of the month inked in with varied festival warm-up and cool-down events, and the ink spilling outside of Ljubljana as well.
The festival programme will present both current domestic comics and a broader look at the position and creative state of the ninth art in Slovenia. Slovenian comics have several causes for celebration this year: the first Slovenian comic, Zamorček Bu-ci-bu by Milko Bambič, was published 90 years ago, the Stripburger magazine has been coming out for a quarter of century, and comics artist Tomaž Lavrič, also the author of this year’s festival mascot Tinta the Dwarf, finally received the Prešeren Award.
In addition to numerous local comics artists, the festival will host English comics artist and activist Kate Evans, French speed-drawer and one of the most read online comics artists in the world Boulet, a legend of the Serbian underground comics scene Aleksandar Zograf, Hungarian zine festival Ukmukfukk, and Dutch artist Daan Brinkmann‘s team with the street robot printer Chalky.
GUESTS | Kate Evans (GB), Boulet (FR), Aleksandar Zograf (SRB), Petra Lilla Marjai and Julia Lerch (HU), Daan Brinkmann, René Bakker and Daniel Berio (NL), Tomaž Lavrič, Martin Ramoveš, David Krančan, Marko Kociper, Andrej Štular, Ana Štular, Izar Lunaček and Nejc Juren, Miha Hančič, Tanja Komadina, Matej Lavrenčič, Matej de Cecco and Boštjan Gorenc Pižama, Iztok Sitar, Zoran Smiljanić, Vojko Volavšek, Boris Jukić …
FESTIVAL WARM-UP | 3rd–7th October 2017
four colourful pre-festival warm-up events for heating up the comics atmosphere
Trubar Literature House, Strip.art.nica Buch, Slovenian Cinematheque
TINTA FESTIVAL | 10th–14th October 2017
a varied festival with over a dozen different events and a bunch of Slovenian and foreign guests
Kino Šiška, DobraVaga, Atrium ZRC SAZU, Pritličje, Vodnik Homestead, AKC Metelkova mesto
FESTIVAL COOLDOWN | 16th–29th October 2017
five refreshing post-festival events for gradually cooling down the heated comics atmosphere
Strip.art.nica Buch, Vodnik Homestead
SPILT INK | 5th and 27th October 2017
a pair of festival-related events outside of Ljubljana
Šivec House, Radovljica, and EPEKA Gallery, Maribor
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL | The Tinta Comics Festival is the successor to Stripolisfest, which took place in Ljubljana between 2013 and 2016, and which has now been renamed after four editions. The festival acts as a connecting platform that brings together local comics scene participants with the aim of popularizing comics creativity, presents the highlights and variety of contemporary Slovenian comics production, and provides a glimpse of the lively international comics scene and trends in the field of contemporary comics art by hosting acclaimed foreign comics artists. Tinta (“Ink”) leaves a visible trace, just like the various expressions of comics creativity.
Festival producers: Kino Šiška/DobraVaga, Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana, Stripolis Institute
Co-producers and partner: Strip.art.nica Buch/Zavod Strip art, VigeVageKnjige, Divja misel/Vodnik Homestead, the 8. marec Institute, the Azil Bookstore, Pritličje, KUD Mreža, Radio Študent, Slovenian Cinematheque, Ljubljana City Library, Radovljica Municipality Museums, Association EpeKa, the GUMB Association
Supported by: the City of Ljubljana Department for Culture, the Ministry of Culture and the Slovenian Book Agency
Media partner: Radio Študent
Illustration: Tomaž Lavrič
Design: David Krančan
All festival events except three are free. You can apply for the workshops via the festival website.