No matter what you’re interested in — from cosplay to gaming to industry and everything in between — we’ve got something up our sleeve for everyone. Buckle up for a fun-filled Festival and get ready to dive into an endless stream of things to do!
Team AVCon strives to bring you a schedule full of events, activities and attractions that are fun and entertaining for all different interests. Timetables will be made available online in the lead up to the event, and attendees will receive a digital program booklet closer to the festival.
For details on the video game tournaments schedule, check the Register tab.
Main Stage Schedule
Games Stage Schedule
Tabletop Area Schedule
The annual AVCon auction is the fast-paced last hurrah of every AVCon – where cool nerd merchandise from our sponsors, AVCon memorabilia from the vaults and the very auction stick goes for way too much money. Every AVCon auction has to be seen to be believed, with the auction proceeds going right back into running the next year’s Festival.
This year, the AVCon Auction returns on the Main Stage on Sunday Afternoon from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
AVCon After Dark 18+
This year, AVCon After Dark 18+ returns with a new twist. Instead of the usual dance party – the Festival will open the event as an 18+ event.
As an 18+ event, attendees will be able to:
- Drink around the venue
- Participate in mature gaming
- Exhibitors and artist alley will be able to sell NSFW art and merchandise
- Mature cosplay
- Mature panels
Please note though NSFW content and mature themes will be present, this will be strictly monitored. Attendees will need to agree with our terms before purchasing tickets and at the door. Anyone who violates these terms will be permanently banned from attending the event indefinitely.
Cosplay @ AVCon 2021
What is Cosplay?
Cosplay is short for Costume Roleplay and refers to the subculture of dressing up as characters from manga, anime, video games, comic books, graphic novels or even movies – the sky is the limit.
Cosplay has been a huge part of the AVCon community since the beginning. Fans from across the nation come together at AVCon to display their passion and love for crafting and dressing up as their favourite anime and videogames characters.
AVCon attracts many cosplayers, ranging from beginners with duct tape swords and cardboard shields to professional cosplayers who befit the character so well that they have won awards nationally and internationally for their achievements. Regardless of your experience, budget or inspiration, we welcome and applaud all costumed efforts.
Cosplay POP! at AVCon 2021
Cosplaying at AVCon is a great way to connect with fellow fans and show your love for a character or show, but we realise sometimes you need to get your moment in the spotlight! When attending AVCon 2021, we will give you the chance to bathe in the limelight with our new cosplay showcase events: Cosplay POP!
Replacing our Cosplay Parade from previous years, both morning and afternoon sessions on both Saturday and Sunday of AVCon 2021 will feature a Cosplay POP! This event will run at the start of the 2nd hour (11:00 am morning sessions and 4:00 pm afternoon sessions) of all sessions. We invite the cosplayers of Adelaide to get psyched, get up in front of a crowd, and get noticed.
Cosplay POP! is not a competition, so there are no rules on what you used or how your costume was created. You will not be judged on show accuracy, and you don’t have to perform a skit. No pressure, no expectations; get out in front of your adoring fans, introduce yourself to Adelaide and bask in the excitement of being your favourite character for the day.
This makes Cosplay POP! the perfect relaxed place for cosplayers to congregate, meet new people, and make new friends. While convention attendees have a designated destination to take in the amazing cosplay talent Adelaide is bustling with, take photos, and maybe get inspired to get into costume at our next event.
All you need to participate in Cosplay POP! is yourself, your costume, and your ability to rock it in front of an audience!
We are taking pre-registrations for Cosplay POP!. Due to the limited space at our sessions, those who pre-register will be guaranteed a spot. Sign-ups on the day may be open depending on pre-registrations numbers; however, this cannot be guaranteed. Those who have their heart set on being involved are heartily encouraged to pre-register. Pairings or groups up to 3 are encouraged. A parent or guardian must accompany kids under 14 at all times. Please mention on the registration form if you have any mobility issues and will require assistance.
2021 Cosplay Competition
The cosplay competition is not for the faint of heart; those who enter will be putting their work on display to be judged by veteran costume designers, prop makers and industry professionals. Every stitch, every join, every technical detail critiqued under a microscope. As an encore, entrants will then get up on stage in front of a boisterous crowd to be further analysed on their ability to wear and own their creations. Only those who live and love their character enough to bring them to life with pinpoint accuracy and unparalleled talent will conquer this stage.
But to the victor goes the spoils! The AVCon Cosplay Competition comes with various categories and prizes for both the newcomer and the veteran to take away and be eternal proof of their victories. And although material prizes are always fun, nothing will outdo being crowned with one of the official titles of ‘Best in South Australia!’ Flawless victory!
If you’re ready to step up to the challenge, please make sure to read over all the rules for the competition below and complete our online form.
The Nerd King Challenges you! From his throne atop the highest tower of Castle Nerdonia, the Nerd King has brought a great bounty of anime and pop culture prizes to reward those who answer his call and test their mettle against his mighty nerdy mind.
For AVCon 2021, quiz night will be running on Friday the 9th of July from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the Morphettville Racecourse’s Diva Lounge. This year’s quiz night will feature 8 rounds of mind-bending trivia fun to challenge even the most informed geeky content enjoyer.
Questions will cover a wide range of topics, including video games, anime and everything in between, with champions winning a treasure trove of awesome prizes provided by Madman. Order a drink or two, answer some questions, and play our mini-games throughout the night with even more prizes up for grabs. Even if you don’t prove a trivia mastermind, your skills might reap the rewards, and you’ll definitely be entertained and have some fun!
Quiz Teams will be 10 people, so gather 9 other staunch comrades or come along solo or with a few mates and make new friends by being put into a pickup group.
How Do I Sign-up?
Friday will be running exclusively for Quiz Night patrons only. Ticketing to this event is extremely limited.
Upon purchasing your ticket to Quiz Night, either click the button below or email [email protected] with the following details to secure your table:
- Your name
- Table name (if you do not have a table, write public, and you will be assigned to a table where you can meet others and play along)
- Ticket proof of purchase
Love dance or watching live performances? At AVCon 2021, we’re lucky enough to have premier dance groups performing throughout the Festival weekend. We’ve got a few stages showcasing local talent all weekend, including idol dance groups and more. Not to mention, they’re all free for all to see!
THE KULT CREW
THE KULT CREW will show us why they won the 2019 K-pop world festival dance competition in Sydney.
Immortal Kombat burlesque trope will be premiering their newest show Malware. Hosted by Saskia Burlesque,”MALWARE” Immoral Kombat brings you 60 minutes of programmed nerdlesque performers set to fry your circuits.
This premiere will be during AVCon After Dark 18+ from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Check out Immortal Kombat’s Facebook.