EUNIC collaboration: Fête de la BD 2019

Parc Bruxelles
Photograph of a table with comic books, and a hand browsing through a comic book.
The Brussels Comics Festival 2019. Image: Malin Bergström
Comics Festival, Parc Brussels, Free

As a central country within the comics field, Belgium can offer a wide variety of events and content for those interested in comics and the comics industry. Every year the EUNIC network in Brussels partakes in the comics festival Fête de la Bande Dessinée in Brussels, as a large collaboration between the different international institutes and embassies in Brussels and the city of Brussels. The EUNIC network has their own designated area at the festival to present their artists and comics professionals.

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux will participate in this year’s Fête de la BD by bringing two comics creators, H-P Lehkonen and Eelis Nilukka Torvinen, from Finland to the festival.

Photograph of two people standing behind a table with comic books, holding a comic book each.
Comics artists Eelis Nilukka Torvinen and H-P Lehkonen. Image: Kaisa Ahvonen.

H-P Lehkonen is a professional webcomics artist and a lecturer. He's work has been published by LINE Webtoon since 2015. His print comic Short Gay Stories won the PRISM Award in 2017. His work centers LGBT issues. His newest comic, After the Fog, he's working on, is about a polyamorous family losing one person to cancer. In spring 2019 he started a project called where he publishes short stories by various marginalised authors.

Twitter: @hplehkonen

Instagram: @hplehkonen

Facebook: @hplehkonen

Eelis Nilukka is a comic artist from Finland. His main project is a long-form sci-fi/drama webcomic BSandL (find it on and He also has lots of recipes for short stories and might actually bake one of them into a comic when he is given a deadline.

Twitter: @nilllukka

Instagram: @nilukka

The weekend will include workshops, talks, and presentations by the different artists. See our speakers talk at the following panel discussions:

13.09.2019, 17:00—CURATING COMICS EXHIBITIONS with Piotr Rosiński (Poland), Mari Laaniste (Estonia), Didier Pasamonik (Israel), and H-P Lehkonen (Finland)

14.09.2019, 14:00—MAKING A LIVING AS A COMIC BOOK PROFESSIONAL with Anna Krztoń (Poland), H-P Lehkonen and Eelis Torvinen (Finland), János Mészáros (Hungary), and Paulo Monteiro (Portugal)

15.09.2019, 15:00—INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN COMIC BOOK SCENE with Łukasz Chmielewski (Poland), Didier Pasamonik (Israel), Eelis Torvinen (Finland), and Miglė Anušauskaitė (Lithuania)

Photograph of a panel discussion, with five speakers sitting behind a table talking, and several people in the audience.
Image: Malin Bergström