For the fifth year in a row, Antwerp Convention took up a significant part of Antwerp Expo. Quite a few people were already gathered outside well before the doors opened, which is a testament of how much people adore this event. Continue reading “Antwerp Convention”
Coalescaremonium is an annual Gothic happening that takes place in a revamped monastery near Brussels. Every year they set a new theme, this year’s was Industrial Decadence, which is the general theme for the event, which the organization does a great job planning around to create a varied and most excellent event. Continue reading “Coalescaremonium, Industrial Decadence”
Emporium Vernesque was back this year, for the 3rd time, and instead of having split its location between Willemeen and Luxor Live like last year, they had moved to Luxor Live entirely, leaving Willemeen completely for the first time.
Luxor Live is much larger than the previous venue, and it needs to be said, a lot more beautiful. Even though the light wasn’t best to photograph in, it did give the entire venue the exact right kind of atmosphere. Continue reading “Emporium Vernesque”
This latest edition of Elfia Arcen could benefit from a splendid organization (that really took notice from last year’s edition and clearly improved upon it) and beautiful summer weather on the Saturday. We didn’t attend both days, so obviously we can’t speak for Sunday. Continue reading “Elfia Arcen”
Japan Expo is known as _the_ J-culture convention of Europe, and with it’s 15th edition they proved once again why.
For the first time in years the convention was operating without it’s twin Comic Con Paris, and while several people had expressed some worry about this, the event held up fabulously on it’s own. Continue reading “Steampunk at Japan Expo”
The 23rd Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT) was the hottest one ever. Even the weather forecasts said that it was the hottest first June weekend since record began with temperatures around 36°C and more. So wearing black in that hot oven was really a challenge unless you went for a nearly-no-fabric-look and even then you had to be careful not to catch a sunburn. Continue reading “When Black Is a Challenge: Wave Gotik Treffen 2014”
FantastyVal is one of the smaller fantasy fairs that takes place in The Netherlands. Unlike the big three (Elfia Arcen, Elfia Haarzuilens and Castlefest) this one doesn’t take place on castle grounds, but rather at the estate Wouwse Plantage, in the town with the same name. Continue reading “FantastyVal”
It was the fourth edition already of Antwerp Convention and lo and behold it was awesome! This year, undoubtedly thanks to the coming of guest Colin Baker, as well as the news that for the first time the convention would span two halls, and the program in itself, the visitor numbers expanded exponentially. Normally you could arrive easily between 10 and 11am and find only a couple handfuls of people in front of you at the ticket office. Not this time however, and queues to get in of 1-2 hours were not unheard of. Considering it is Antwerp Convention, we can rest assured that this sort of madness won’t happen again, as they’re one of those cons that is fabulous when it comes to improving on things with every edition. Continue reading “Antwerp Convention”
Elfia (previously known as Elf Fantasy Fair) Haarzuilens is the eldest and “bigger” one of the two (the other one takes place in Arcen, also the Netherlands, in September). Generally seen as “the main one”, this year’s edition was quite fun. But… Continue reading “Elfia Haarzuilens”
On Saturday, March 29, the second edition of Belgium’s large scale Gothic event: Coalescaremonium, Radiant Darkness. Continue reading “Coalescaremonium”