9 September 2011

Cold Soup in Helsinki

Last month we had an exciting week in  the Nordic comics capital Helsinki. Now as we prepare for our next projects there, we should tell a bit what happened in Finland.

We had this exhibition "Cold Soup", presenting Latvian comics artists, ath the Helsinki Comics Centre. Participating artists were: Kristians Brekte, Rūta Briede, Kaspars Groševs, Endrju, Ernests Kļaviņš, Maija Līduma, Maija Kurševa, Anete Melece, Sabīne Moore, Oskars Pavlovskis, Reinis Pētersons, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Kristofers Reidzāns, Dace Sietiņa, Mārtiņš Upītis, Oskars Veilands-Kustikovs un Mārtiņš Zutis.  Ok, after so many names you probably want to see some pictures...

Here you can see how Cold Soup is made. It is easy, you basically need to find an aggressive bottle of Kefir and a militant beetroot, give them a sword each and make sure they attack each other. Then you have the basics for the cold soup and you can just throw in some dead potatoes, hard boiled eggs, chopped spring onions, massacred cucumbers - stir and there you have your delicious summer meal!

 Ingrīda Pičukāne took over the shop of the comics centre. The comics centre offers also a big library, artists studios, workshop rooms, coffee and ice cream and is a unique place that promotes Finnish comics in Finland as well as abroad.

For our exhibition Sabīne Moore turned the Comics Centre "Sarjakuvakeskus" into SarjakuvakesKUŠ!

 Reinis Pētersons is reading the Finnish comics tabloid Kuti.
 Sābine creating stickers...

 Guests at the exhibition opening

Mārtiņš Zutis telling about his works.

 The exhibition is open.

 In the exhibition we showed works from the last 4 years of kuš! history including all the magazines.

Next to the exhibition we also attended the World Comics workshop and we held our own workshop for participants from Finland and Estonia.

Helsinki as we can see is a very welcoming place for kuš! and we will soon be there again at the Helsinki Comics Festival!

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