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UK Kaiju Con – Who, what, where, when, how?

Hi there, and thanks for checking out this article explaining the essentials of our convention. Hopefully this will answer many, if not all of the general questions you may have about what we have planned for our convention. If you have any general questions, please let us know in the comments section and we will respond.

 

WHO

First of all, lets get to the subject of who this convention is for.

Essentially, we are a group of people who love giant monster films. The word “kaiju” is Japanese for “strange beast”, so what a kaiju is to you may be different than what it is for me. For some, these are movies  like King Kong,  or The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. For others, the fandom is more closely rooted in Japanese culture, as in Japan this genre is very popular, with kaiju media regularly being created and released. Our fandom is fun, embracing and acceptable for all ages.  Some famous Japanese kaiju are: Godzilla, Gamera, Rodan, and Ultraman.

Generally if you fall into one of the categories I have listed below, you will probably find yourself having a great time:

  • Love science fiction
  • Love practical effects movies
  • Like dinosaurs
  • Enjoy mythological monsters
  • Giant robots fighting giant monsters

WHAT

Ok, now that we have covered the who, lets get down to what this convention is.

Our convention is a one day long meet-up for fans of all things “monstrous” – it is also the first of its kind in the United Kingdom (something we are very excited about)! We will be having contests, forums, vendors stalls, a gaming area, and of course, we endorse cosplay at the event.

We will also be hosting a screening at a local cinema and a charity auction! Between all of these there should be something for every fan to have fun with.

WHERE

The where is obviously important.

Our convention will be taking place at the Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon.

We chose this location because geographically it is fairly equidistant, the location is gorgeous, the setting is historic and appealing in its own right, and practically speaking, it does not break the bank!  The location and link to the hotel and listed below, as well as Stratford Upon Avon’s official town website.

Address: Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon

Postcode: CV37 6YR

 

Venue website

 

Town website

 

WHEN

Alright, so now you can find the convention – but when is it?

Our convention will be on Saturday, August 3rd.

The time it will start is 9 AM, and it will go until 7pm, whereupon the hotel venue will close.

HOW

So how are we doing all of this?

With hard work and a friendly, passionate fan base. This convention started as an idea in 2017 between two fans, and has since grown to be followed by hundreds of people across the United Kingdom – and even other countries as well! We are doing this for fun, to make friends, and to spread a bit of joy around. If you would like to help us, simply spreading the word, and coming to the convention means a lot to us. It is our sincere hope that we can keep this going for years to come!

However, money does pay for things, so we have an entrance fee of £10 for anyone over 10 years of age.

Additionally, if you purchase any of the goods from our stall at the convention, all of the proceeds go towards the next convention.

Well, that wraps it up in terms of general information. Stay tuned for the regular announcements we will be posting, and if you have any specific questions please comment on this post or send us a message!

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