Sometimes I wonder if our kids would trade me in for a cooler version, if they could. I mean, I’m not exactly the coolest parent. Granted, the older ones are boys and they would much rather talk Fifa and Naruto with Hubstopher, than with me. But, to avoid being the boring one (who wants to be THAT parent?), I often look for ways to show them that hey, I can be hip too!
A few weeks ago I heard about the upcoming Con.ect convention – a conference of sorts that brings together aficionados and lovers of geek and popular culture. I’m talking stuff like cosplay, figurines, comics, crafts, video gaming, tabletop gaming, movie memorabilia, techno displays, the works! Our kids are very much into these kinds of things, so it was kinda a no brainer: We had to get tickets!
I chatted to Janelle from Con.ect who explained that the convention is to create a space where like-minded people can gather to share their passions. It was founded in 2014 by Jessi Ochse and Kayleigh Moss from Resonance Cosplay and is run exclusively by volunteers, who are primarily students and professionals.
This event is unlike any other, hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay, and draws in tons of people who are into ‘pop culture’ and gaming. This year’s event will include Pokemon Tournaments, Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings, a LAN organised by the NMMU ICT Department, gaming organised by Computer Empire and Lestech, as well as a Cosplay masquerade and competition. There will also be a pretty shweeeeet Lego competition that we will probably enter. (Team Williams, assemble!)
I like that Con.ect is a NGO and that a portion of this year’s profits will go to charity. The 2016 event will take place at the NMMU Vodacom Indoor Sport Centre in Nelson Mandela Bay and tickets cost a crazy R50 per day or R80 for a weekend pass. You can purchase them at Webtickets. Check out their Facebook page for more info, or visit their website.
Janelle says that although there is a specific amount of tickets available (go and get yours now!), there is no cut off date for ticket sales. Oh and guess what, they want to give away 1 weekend pass to 1 lucky reader! Want one? Check out the rafflecopter below. Winner announced on my Facebook page on July 26th! 🙂