2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival, is an annual event that celebrates comic book culture and works to promote and support sequential art and storytelling. 2D is organised and supported by the Verbal Arts Centre, a unique and celebrated educational charity founded to promote the spoken and written word in Ireland.
The majority of the festival is hosted at the Verbal Arts Centre, in a fantastic location on the beautiful and historic city walls. Derry/Londonderry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe.
For the last six years the 2D Festival has been striving to support comics culture as well as promoting this meaningful artform which is commonly misunderstood. This has been very successful, as it has given comic creators and the public a series of events where there can be focused examinations of the medium and a genuine, inclusive and engaging celebration of comics. There is also a growing focus on the industry side of comics and the festival has been providing a series of invaluable training and educational events.
The Verbal Arts Centre has long been encouraging and supporting communities and individuals to ‘Tell Your Story’, through a large range of projects. This year the work of the 2D Festival will reflect the core values of the centre to the largest extent yet.