Con took place at Messukeskus, also known as the biggest and best-known expo and convention center in Finland. Guests were able to experience and see almost 1000 performances, presentations, talks/panels, meeting, games and workshops in total. In addition to all this, there was also a trading hall – a true geek paradise! They were selling books, accessories, arts and crafts, and many other items to decorate your home, and yourself with your usual paying option such as cash and card – and groats as well, which were the currency given to volunteers and accepted by some of the restaurants and dealers.
Many guests were dressed up and enjoying their day with like-minded people. Playing games, making new friends and enjoying their time listening and watching panels about various topics and Sci-fi trends.
With almost over 7000 participants in total, the event was not prepared for so many people on the first day – causing problems with the registering of the visitors and other participants to the event, sales of the tickets and filling up the panel/discussion rooms up to the brim. This caused the event to limit the daily ticket sales and leaving some enthusiasts disappointed.
But overall, experience was great. People were relaxed and it was a friendly atmosphere. You didn’t have to pretend to be anything else expect yourself – no matter of your age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or skin colour. A truly remarkable event, for others to learn from.
THE HUGO AWARDS
We have more than 5 700 members from over 60– more than 6000 attending members from over 6000 countries.
Hugo Awards is a grand ceremony and one of the most important events in the geek calendar, but I don’t want you to get your expectations too high. This is not the Oscars and the Tony’s, or the Oliver’s or the Emmy’s. We are the boring end of the process. There are no fashion icons or models here, instagram or otherwise. No red carpet. No stuns, no explosions and definitely no drama…
– Karen Lord (Author and event Host)
The Hugo Awards (est. 1955) are science fiction’s most prestigious award. Members of Worldcon get the chance to vote from their favourite authors, editors and artists from the field of Sci-fi and Fantasy, from many categories.
Recap from the Friday event: The queue was long – so long it continued outside of Messukeskus. But if I am not mistaken, everyone got in. There were also some hilarious moments on the stage. Such as Darth Vader with Stromtroopers stomping on to the stage bringing Jukka Halme, John-Henri Holmberg opening a wrong envelope, Kjell N. Lindbers (the NASA astronaut) not opening an envelope, Ursula Vernon telling us about the whales and beautiful speech from Ada Palmer.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and who received an award, and thank you so much for the organisers. Keep up with the good work!