AVCon is an annual Anime & Video Games Festival held in Adelaide by the not for profit Team AVCon Inc. AVCon celebrates the world of anime, gaming, cosplay, pop culture, art and more in one big community-based event.

History

AVCon began in 2002 as a joint convention supported by volunteers from the University of South Australia’s Adelaide Japanese Animation Society (AJAS) and the Adelaide University Video Gamers Association (AUVGA). Originally known as the A/V Connection, the event was held annually at the University of Adelaide.

After four successful annual conventions, Team AVCon Incorporated was an independent entity to run and sustain the annual convention.

In 2008, owing to continuing growth in attendee numbers, the event outgrew its convention status and became a festival.

Dates Venue Theme
July 2002 University of Adelaide  
19–20 July 2003 University of Adelaide  
17–18 July 2004 University of Adelaide  
16–17 July 2005 University of Adelaide RPG
15–16 July 2006 University of Adelaide Pirates vs Ninjas
21–22 July 2007 University of Adelaide Rock Show
26–27 July 2008 University of Adelaide Space Opera
24–26 July 2009 Adelaide Convention Centre Heroes and Villains
23–25 July 2010 Adelaide Convention Centre Into the Woods
22–24 July 2011 Adelaide Convention Centre Retro
27–29 July 2012 Adelaide Convention Centre Neon Future
12–14 July 2013 Adelaide Convention Centre School Days
18–20 July 2014 Adelaide Convention Centre Fantasy RPG
17-19 July 2015 Adelaide Convention Centre Detective Agency
15-17 July 2016 Adelaide Convention Centre Mecha vs Magica
21-23 July 2017 Adelaide Convention Centre Winter Festival
20-22 July 2018 Adelaide Convention Centre Evolution
5-7 July 2019 Adelaide Convention Centre Join the Party
     

Team AVCon

Team AVCon Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to keep AVCon fun, open, and accessible.

AVCon is organised by an elected team, who manage and work within an organising committee. The elected members are voted in by the Team AVCon Incorporated Membership at the end of each year.

The AVCon membership consists of past and present volunteers who have shown their dedication to making AVCon a success. The members of Team AVCon Incorporated have a great interest in anime, video games and Japanese culture. This interest drives them to make AVCon the best it can be and ensures that AVCon remains a festival for the fans.

The Elect

The Team AVCon Elect is a four-member team elected at the Annual General Meeting by the organisation’s membership. The Elect appoints the Committee and guides the overall direction of the organisation and Festival.

Convenor Emily Franzon
Vice Convenor  
Secretary Lauren Cronin
Treasurer Thomas Birdseye

The Committee

The Team AVCon Committee is responsible for the running of the Festival. The structure of the Committee is determined by the Elect each year. Each role on the Committee is responsible for a particular facet of the Festival.

Community Events Coordinator  
Design Coordinator Rae Harris
Events Coordinator Matthew Owen
Marketing Coordinator Georgia Halliday
Sponsorship Coordinator Thao Vuong
Tabletop Coordinator Clare Edgecombe & Tyler Brown
Technical Officer Daniel Mawson
Ticketing Coordinator  
Venue Coordinator JP Franzon
Games Coordinator Adam Henderson
Volunteer Coordinator Kingsley Symonds

The Membership

Team AVCon membership is open applications from any member of the general public who has demonstrated their dedication to the success of AVCon.

Successful applicants will require sponsorship of an existing member of the Team AVCon Elect, Committee or a sub-committee.

Membership requires all members to have volunteered for the event in a previous year or to be a standing committee member currently. If you’re interested in becoming a member, we recommend getting involved with the festival through volunteering.

The Team AVCon Rules of Association are available here, and the Membership Forums are accessible here.

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