This year the conventions are held right here in Tampere. To be more exact, they’re held in Tampere Hall, some 10 meters straight ahead from this office chair I’m sitting on. So, obiously Energia will be there, but more about that later…
The rest of the con looks to be awesome. There’s always been a great atmosphere at Finncon, even though the last few years have been pretty crowded with minimum of 5000 people attending. This is the first ever Finncon/Animecon held in Tampere and the venue is the Tampere Hall, largest congress center in the nordic countries. So overpopulation shouldn’t be a problem this year.
The guests of honor at Finncon are M. John Harrison, Farah Mendlesohn and Charles Vess. The guests of honor at Animecon are Ms. Mandu, artist duo formed by Nina von Rüdiger & Johanna Koljonen. The Finnish guest of Honor is going to be cartoonist and illustrator Petri Hiltunen, who is also known as a strong advocate of movies with underwater Nazi Zombies battling sharks.
There’s pretty much everything, so check out the programme here.
Getting to Tampere
Anyway, if you’re not yet planning on coming now is the time to start hunting bargain plane, train or buss tickets for the weekend of 26th to 27th of July. Those of you living here in Finland should know how to get to Tampere, for the foreigners this is a great time to find out. If you get to London, RyanAir flies directly to Tampere from the London-Stansted airport. You won’t be getting much sleep anyway, so it’s perfectly viable option to use the Finncon floor accommodation – there’s a queue right now, but the organisers are trying to get more space to fit everyone.
And the cost?
Unlike most scifi conventions Finncon is completely FREE. It’s all paid with cultural grants and advertising. The floor accommodation costs 9e per person. The flights from and back to London are couple of hundred euro or so, it changes daily. For getting to and from the airports you should put aside something like 20-30e. You wont need any other transportation in Tampere, the con is situated right in the center within walking distance of everything. Booze here is expensive, food only slightly.
Be there, or be a regular polygon with four equal sides!