The second edition of Comic Con Africa will be taking place from 21 to 24 September 2019 at a new venue, the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.
The first Comic Con Africa earlier this year was an unprecedented success, pulling in 45 085 visitors from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria to join in on the geeky festivities.
Families, couples, friends and children all dressed up to celebrate, putting on quite a show. 2019 will offer both returning patrons and fans who missed the fun the first time around a chance to experience the unique atmosphere.
Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Africa, says, “We exceeded our own expectations in 2018 and you are going to see bigger and better in 2019. We have listened to our fans first which means we needed to find a venue that is bigger, with more parking, more shade, easy access and Gallagher Convention Centre fits this bill perfectly. We have also added a public holiday on the 24th of September to accommodate the crowds.”
New features, celebrity guests and performers will be announced in due course but this coming year’s show will focus on all elements of pop culture, from cosplay and anime, to films and series.
“The 2018 event welcomed 45, 085 visitors, which has been ABC audited, 212 exhibitors and almost 400 media. These numbers are unprecedented at an inaugural show but sadly we sold out before the event started and we want to make sure that in 2019 we can offer this experience to many more people. The new venue gives us this option, with a capacity of over 80,000 people,” says Weaving.
The festival will feature a large range of pop culture-related entertainment and goodies in many forms. These include animation, toys, gadgets, clothing, outdoor activities, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, fantasy novels, and the ever-popular Artists’ Alley.
Weaving says, “Our fans come first, and we have done extensive research on how to make 2019 even better. The four-day festival and the new venue will all help us to make Comic Con Africa the go-to event of the year for all things pop culture related once again, this event will bring the very best of this world together in one place.”
The 2019 reboot of Comic Con Africa will be the must-attend festival of the year. Ticket sales will be live at the end of November.