Choose South Cumbria will be spreading the virtues of the career and lifestyle opportunities on offer to the thousands of people who will descend on Kendal for what has become a firm fixture in the burgeoning global comic art calendar and a major cultural event for art enthusiasts of all abilities and ages across the UK.
The 2015 event – the only one of its kind in the UK – takes place from October 16-18 and will boast appearances from some of the top names in the comic world, including Bill Morrison co-creator of global phenomenon The Simpsons. Choose South Cumbria will be sponsoring a number of elements of the festival including the Phono+Graphic exhibition, which features 60 vinyl record covers created for the likes of Gorillaz, David Bowie and Meat Loaf by 60 leading comic book artists. The exhibition will take place at Kendal Museum from October 5-20 and is curated by Milnthorpe-based Sean Phillips – himself a major name in the industry who has worked as an illustrator for the likes of Twentieth Century Fox, Sony, and Island Records.
Choose South Cumbria will be profiled throughout the festival, which takes over the town with a packed programme of events, talks, cinema, live draws, exhibitions, a family zone, marketplace and the chance to see these leading comic creators at work. Visitors will be given the chance to pick up Choose South Cumbria leaflets from the festival’s Red Shirt Brigade at the entrance to The Clocktower (or Kendal town hall as it is better known). For more information on the event and to download the programme visit www.comicartfestival.com
Julie Tait, of festival organisers Kendal Arts International, said: “A vibrant cultural scene can play a huge role when attracting people to a place and through events such as this we hope to support the work of Choose South Cumbria by showcasing what a great place this is to live, work and play.”
Centred on the website www.choosecumbria.co.uk, Choose South Cumbria is a new campaign that looks to showcase investments coming to the region through the likes of BAE Systems and GSK, the career opportunities available now and in the future, as well as what it is like as a place to live, learn and relax. Involvement in the Lake International Comic Art Festival comes hot on the heels of a major presence at the Westmorland Show on Thursday, September 10 – which attracted a record attendance of 35,551.
Luke Dicicco, project manager for Choose South Cumbria, added: “Many people’s first exposure to South Cumbria is as a visitor. Our involvement in the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival is to clearly and creatively illustrate that it doesn’t have to stop there – you can find an exciting career and have access to a wonderful lifestyle made richer by events such as this.”
Choose South Cumbria was launched by CN Media Group earlier this year in partnership with BAE Systems, Furness College, GSK, Kimberly-Clark, the NHS in South Cumbria and Siemens. Since then more partners have come on board to help spread the virtues of South Cumbria including the University of Cumbria, Athena PTS, Oxley Group, Progression Solicitors, North Associates, Ulverston Victoria High School and Inspira in addition to several estate agents and tourism accommodation businesses.