ELCAF 2020 / COVID-19 update

Hello from our small team here at ELCAF! We would like to update you on our plans regarding the current worldwide situation, and thank all of you for your patience, as we know many of you are waiting for additional information. As much as we hope to continue as normal, we are currently working out the best plans and contingencies moving forward with the festival, with public health and safety being our main priority.

We will make a formal decision in the next few weeks about ELCAF 2020, taking into account the venue, dates and current confirmed exhibitors and artists. In the meantime, we kindly ask you to sit tight and pause any travel plans for the time being.

As soon as we know more we will notify all of our exhibitors, artists and partners of next steps in order to make ELCAF 2020 happen and be the best it can be for everyone involved.

Keep safe everyone! Much love, the ELCAF team xx

Cristina Daura is our ELCAF 2020 Artist in Residence

We’re delighted to announce the incredible illustrator and comic artist Cristina Daura as our ELCAF artist in residence for 2020.

Cristina’s signature style is bright and bold, using elementary colours to marry together the playful with an altogether darker humour. Having originally attended the festival in 2015, it’s been amazing to see her work develop and as such, to welcome her back as this year’s artist in residence. Her beautiful imagery matched by surreal, other worldly narratives have translated perfectly for the visuals and identity of ELCAF 2020.

Cristina has worked for the likes of The Economist, Nike, Penguin Books and The New York Times, as well as making posters and album covers for a number of bands and clubs.

Cristina’s 2020 ELCAF poster will be available in July as a limited edition screen-print.

Applications for ELCAF 2020 are now closed!

The application portal is now closed! Thank you to all that have applied to be part of ELCAF 2020. We will be taking the time to go through all applications so please bear with us. We will be replying to applicants by the start of March 2020.

The next ELCAF is taking place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2020.

Please note that due to the high number of applications we are sadly unable to provide individual feedback. 


ELCAF 2019 kicks off  this week! We’ve been really excited to see all of the prep and new publications that exhibitors are posting up online. There are going to be some real treat to discover. To make life easier, here’s a handy PDF for you to see all the exhibitor’s that are attending, which days they’ll be there and where you can find them. And if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you can do so here.

Springboard Meetings are Live

The springboard meetings are back! Our hugely popular one on one portfolio reviews provide the chance for young creatives to meet industry experts, show their work or ask questions to gain insight into the professional creative industries.

Each expert is available for an hour, divided into 4 golden slots of 15 minutes each.

This year’s experts include:
Tom Haugomat (Artist and Illustrator), Anna Ridley (Commissioning Editor, Children’s books, Thames & Hudson), Andy Oliver (Editor in chief, Broken Frontier), Francesca Sanna (Artist and Illustrator), Chris Haughton (Artist and Illustrator), Lou Bones (Membership Manager, Association of Illustrators), Ali Hanson (Senior Creative, It’s Nice That), Ligaya Salazar (Artistic Director, ELCAF), Daniel Frost (Artist and illustrator), Leyla Reynolds (Art Director, Gal-Dem Zine), Jon McNaught (Artist and Illustrator), Sam Arthur (Co-Founder, Nobrow), Joe Pearson (Independent publisher, Design for Today) and many, MANY more!

Be sure to get in quick as spaces fill up fast. Booking is free and you can do it here.