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Monday 20 – Sunday 26 July, 2020

This week At ELCAF we’re thinking about change – from adapting to new realities, to climate change and rethinking how we work:

Monday 20 July 

Get fired up and inspired with this full tilt playlist delivered by Spaceship (Ben + Owen) for ELCAF from the festival in 2018 here

Tuesday 21 July 

From Tuesday you can download a free ‘Recycled River Food Chain’ workshop by Seed Magazine – this one’s especially for kids aged 4-7 (or channel your inner kid and get involved!). SEED is run by Jack Snelling and Lizzie Lomax and is based all around green & environmental ideas learnt through play.

Download all our Summer 2020 workshops here.

Friday 24 July 

On Friday from 2.00pm BST we’ve got our great friend Andy Oliver from Broken Frontier chatting to Charlot Kristensen, Shangomola Edunjobi and Rachael Smith about working on comics and illustration in lockdown! Tune in on Friday from 2.00pm!

  • Make sure to tune in from 2.00pm BST on our Instagram account to follow the three in-conversations 
  • If you have any questions for Andy, Charlot, Shangomola or Rachael please feel free to DM us your requests ahead of their time online!

Throughout the week

We’re spotlighting some amazing ELCAF exhibitors over the course of the month. Keep a look out on our Instagram this week for work by Eloise Szaruga-Bolt and our 2020 artist in residence, Cristina Daura

Our programme is all free but please don’t forget to donate if you can! All proceeds will go to BlackLivesMatter and Hackney Winter Night Shelter







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Monday 13 – Sunday 19 July, 2020

This week At ELCAF We’re celebrating women of colour in comics and illustration:

Monday 13 July 

First off, join ELCAF on a global musical inspiration tour with Simon Wild’s awesome mix for ELCAF from the festival in 2017 – check out his Sonic Doodles soundtrack for an excellent start to another great week!

Tuesday 14 July 

From Tuesday you’ll be able to take part in the quick quiz Who is My Zine Femme-Cestor? by New York based Spicy Mango Comics and learn more about underrepresented Black and Brown women artists in publishing and comics. Once you’ve done the quiz the workshop includes instructions on creating your own illustrated zine from your research!

Download all our Summer 2020 workshops here.

Friday 17 July 

On Friday from 10am-12pm BST we’ve got the wonderful illustrator and producer Leyla Reynolds taking over our ELCAF Instagram account to answer your questions and discuss the industry with a focus on black women in comics and illustration.

  • A founding member of gal-dem magazine, she was Art Director there until April 2019. She now works as a freelance illustrator and curator as well as a producer at Create London, producing and project managing a portfolio of art projects, art commissions and live events.
  • If you have any questions for Leyla please feel free to DM us your requests ahead of her time online!

Throughout the week

We’re spotlighting some amazing ELCAF exhibitors over the course of the month. Keep a look out on our Instagram this week for work by Clio Isadora, Hannah Buckman, and Olivia Sualdea

Our programme is all free but please don’t forget to donate if you can! All proceeds will go to BlackLivesMatter and Hackney Winter Night Shelter







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Monday 6 – Sunday 12 July, 2020

This week we’re thinking about protest in comics and narrative illustration – at a time when speaking out feels so important:

Monday 6 July 

For the first of our weekly playlists we’re looking back to ELCAF 2018 where we were joined by Chris Airplay! Get together, get inspired and tune in to his Sonic Doodles soundtrack with us – the perfect start to the week!

Tuesday 7 July 

From Tuesday you’ll be able to download a free zine making workshop made by long time ELCAF friend and Hong Kong based artist Charlene Man – with exercises that explore belief, emotion, and what you truly care about.

Download all our Summer 2020 workshops here.

Friday 10 July 

The incredible artist and activist Amyra Leon will be joined by brilliant illustrator Molly Mendoza for a takeover over on our ELCAF Instagram account, including an in-conversation to discuss their work together from 6-7pm UK time.

  • Amyra and Molly have worked together on the stunning Freedom, We Sing published by Flying  Eye books – a deeply evocative picture book for our time; designed to inspire and give hope to readers around the world with Molly’s lush illustrations and Amyra’s lyrical texts inviting kids to ask themselves what it means to be free.
  • If you have any questions for Amyra and Molly please feel free to DM us your requests ahead of their time online!

Throughout the week

We’re spotlighting some amazing ELCAF exhibitors over the course of the month. Keep a look out on our Instagram this week for the brilliant Stella Murphy and our fave print maestros PageMasters.

Our programme is all free but please don’t forget to donate if you can! All proceeds will go to BlackLivesMatter and Hackney Winter Night Shelter




 




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Tuesday 30 June – Sunday 5 July 2020

This week we’re thinking about careers and education in comics and narrative illustration:

Tuesday 30 June 

We’ve partnered with House of Illustration and commissioned illustrator Peony Gent to create two secondary school packs – an ‘Introduction to Comics’ and ‘Comics in the Curriculum’. These free and incredibly designed resources are free to share far and wide! 

Designed especially for 11-14 year olds, they are a brilliant introduction into comics, and perfect for anyone currently homeschooling or even just looking for some fun drawing prompts. 

Download the workshops here.

Friday 3 July 

The brilliant Lou Bones will be taking over our Instagram Stories this Friday from 2 – 4 pm.

  • Lou is currently an Illustration and Animation Agent for Jelly London
  • Want to know about kick-starting your career? The industry? Being a freelancer? Fair pay? Contracts? She’ll answer your questions on our stories so please DM us anything you’d like to ask beforehand! 

Throughout the week

We’re spotlighting some amazing ELCAF exhibitors over the course of the month. Keep a look out on our Instagram this week for Aleesha Nandhra, Bebel Books and Olivia Sullivan

Our programme is all free but please don’t forget to donate if you can! All proceeds will go to BlackLivesMatter and Hackney Winter Night Shelter




 




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Free online events for ELCAF 2020!

Welcome to our free programme of online events for ELCAF 2020!

Check back here for weekly updates about our online events throughout July. Inspired by a ‘need for change’, we will be delivering a selection of tunes to keep you inspired on Mondays; free downloadable workshops on Tuesdays; ELCAF live chats and conversations on Fridays as well as takeovers, an ELCAF Zine, exhibitor spotlights and more over on our Instagram!

We hope you enjoy joining us during this time to pause, reflect, create and converse as we explore topics such as; careers and education, gender and race, protest, wellness and more.




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A statement from ELCAF

Our little team at ELCAF has been working hard over the last few weeks to try and find solutions to replace the physical festival that we will miss so much this year. This has not been an easy task, and we’ve been grateful to receive a lot of constructive feedback from our artists, exhibitors and partners over the past few weeks.

In light of uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, we have made the sad and difficult decision to cancel our plans for ELCAF 2020. Weeks of reviewing and revising our ideas and budgets have revealed that some of our plans couldn’t be delivered in the way that we wanted to at this time. There are also a number of changes that we as a team need to navigate in order to work out what is best for the festival moving forwards – and we need some time to step back and do this.

ELCAF, and the team behind it, has always endeavoured to grow the festival as a community platform which represents, supports, nurtures and celebrates the artists and small press publishers that are involved. Despite the obstacles we face, we will continue supporting this community in whatever capacity we can. We also hope to strike up meaningful conversations and reflections through a small but free programme of activity.

Throughout our time working on ELCAF, we have developed strong friendships with the staff at Nobrow and value that greatly. Nobrow is also a small team, made up of some brilliant people, who have been nothing but supportive of the festival throughout these years.

We have tried to answer a few questions below, in order to provide more information and transparency about our decisions for 2020. You can also read our FAQ section for further clarity about our festival and the way in which we operate.

Finally, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone else who has supported us over the years, and in particular, most recently. 

Ruth, Vanessa and Marianna (The ELCAF Team) x

ELCAF 2020 FAQs

How has the pandemic affected ELCAF? 

The loss of ticket sales and table fees has reduced a substantial revenue stream which we rely on to produce and run the festival. As a result we have been forced to cancel ELCAF for 2020. The team have struggled to find ways in which the festival can continue online whilst still being tenable.

What does this mean for exhibitors and artists?

We are writing directly to our exhibitors, partners and artists, and will continue to support the community where possible through our social media channels. We hope to strike up meaningful conversations and reflections through a small but free programme of activity this year.

Discussions are also underway in regards to a smaller, physical outcome towards the end of the year that will celebrate the hard work that has gone into the ELCAF x WeTransfer 2019 Award. 

What about ELCAF’s funding?

We are lucky enough to receive Arts Council England funding. We had secured ACE funding for two years (2020-2021) and are currently in conversation with the Arts Council about funds lost (work done to date), reallocation of funds (towards next year, or smaller events) and protocol for event cancellations. 

What does it mean for ELCAF?

Sadly this means we cannot deliver a physical festival or a full digital programme this year. However we hope to continue being part of the community, making the contributions that we can, and evolving our ideas as we go – with your support. Most importantly, we hope to come back stronger for the 10 year anniversary of ELCAF in 2021, which we would love to be able to celebrate with you!




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