Founded by Nobrow in 2012, ELCAF began as a small one day festival designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustration. From its conception in 2012, ELCAF has grown to become one of the leading festivals of its kind in the UK. Attracting over 3,000 visitors annually, ELCAF continues to spotlight emerging talent and celebrate the dynamic community of individual artists and collectives that are pushing the boundaries in their creative fields. There has been an exciting growth in the field of comics and illustration, mediums which have moved from the peripheries into the mainstream focus. ELCAF is not only a platform for practitioners to have their work seen, but is a celebration of the art. Each year, ELCAF invites a selection of guest artists from across the world to deliver a programme of the highest calibre which include talks, exhibitions, masterclasses, and workshops for all ages.

Some ELCAF facts:

  • ELCAF has welcomed 15,000 visitors
  • There have been 3,500 attendees to the talk programmes
  • ELCAF partners with arts institutions to run a series of satellite events before the festival
  • ELCAF has an educational focus, working with local schools and organisations to promote comics and illustration in the community
  • 170 artists participating annually
  • ELCAF integrates a range of art practices into the festival for a fully immersive experience, including screenings and live performances and music by DJs from NTS radio and more.
  • Since its conception in 2012 ELCAF has worked with 350 exhibitors from the UK and abroad



The Festival Team
Ligaya Salazar, Festival Curator/Artistic Director

Ligaya Salazar is a curator, commissioner and writer specialising in contemporary design, fashion and graphics. She has devised and curated over 60 projects including the V&A contemporary exhibition Memory Palace in 2013. She writes regularly on contemporary design and is Contributing Editor to Varoom magazine.

Joana Filipe, Festival Creative Producer

Joana Filipe is a freelance Interior/Exhibition designer and Creative producer. With clients such as London College of Fashion, Thames and Hudson and Greenpeace she worked on several exhibitions from consultancy level to exhibition Design.

Ruth Lie, Festival Events Curator

Ruth Lie is a freelance events curator and producer, who specialises in programming temporary events. She programmed ‘The Night Museum’ at the Museum of London in 2016, and managed and curated the V&A Friday Late series from 2012 – 2014, which included the commissioning of many illustrators and graphic designers.

Angela Sangma Francis, Festival Communications

Angela Sangma Francis is a freelance editor specialising in illustrated children’s picture books. She works with children’s publishers across the UK, including Flying Eye, Tate Publishing, Thames & Hudson and Hato. She is currently lives in Berlin where she is working on a new project with illustrator Lasse Wandschneider.

Marianna Tassy, Festival Administrator

Marianna Tassy is an events coordinator with experience in the organisation of festivals, international events, production, tour management and art administration. She worked with IlustraTour (International Festival of Illustration) in Madrid as a Marketing Assistant and at the Forge.Co as an Events Coordinator. In the last few years she has been working at Art-Athina  (International Fair of Contemporary Art)  as well as several galleries.

Festival Founders: Nobrow Press

Nobrow was launched in 2008 by Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro with the aim to provide an independent platform for graphic art, illustration and comics art in the UK and abroad, to become a leading proponent of quality in book design and a standard bearer for original creative content. Since then, Nobrow have strived to consistently publish books of the highest calibre and quality, both for their form and their content, working with only the best artists and illustrators in the world.

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