Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that the second edition of Comic Con Africa will take place from September 21 to September 24, 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.
Due to the unprecedented success of the inaugural Comic Con Africa, the event will now take place over four days, including the Heritage Day Public holiday on the 24th.
This is to accommodate even more pop culture fans that will be wanting to attend after the success of this year’s event.
Carol Weaving, managing director of Reed Exhibitions Africa, said: “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 September 24 to accommodate the crowds.”
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 they sold out before the event started and they want to make sure that in 2019, they can offer this experience to many more people.
The new venue gives them this option, with a capacity of over 80,000 people.
While new initiatives, including features, celebrities and talent, will be announced in due course, the show will be focused on all elements of pop culture, including cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, other creatives, film and series, games (including video and esports) and books/authors.
The festival will also feature a large range of pop culture and entertainment elements in animation, toys, gadgets, clothing, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels and the ever-popular Artists’ Alley.
“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,” said Weaving.
One of the major elements of 2018’s event was the festival vibe that existed, and this will be the case in 2019. With outdoor activities, special features and entertainment, Comic Con Africa 2019 will be the must attend festival of the year.
Ticket sales will be live at the end of November.
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