Supanova Pop Culture Expo
|Supanova Pop Culture Expo|
The exhibition floor at Supanova Sydney 2010
|Organized by||Daniel Zachariou|
|Filing status||For profit|
Supanova Pop Culture Expo (Supanova) is a fan convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy film and TV, comic books, anime, gaming and collectables. It is held annually in the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
The first Supanova was held at the Sydney Showground on the weekend of 20-21 April 2002. It was the successor to comicfest!, four similar conventions under the same management held between March 2000 and November 2002 in Sydney. On the weekend of 13-14 September 2003, Supanova held its first convention in the city of Brisbane at the RNA Showgrounds. In 2008, Supanova expanded to include Melbourne (back-to-back with Brisbane) and Perth (back-to-back with Sydney). In 2012, the convention expanded again, arriving on the Gold Coast and in Adelaide for the first time. As of 2013, the combined annual attendance across Supanova's six events was estimated at 160,000 (From 11,600 to 39,400 in 2013 across all cities) with the largest attendance of 50,800 fans participating at the Sydney expo, June 2014.
One of the major attractions at Supanova is the special guests - often well-known personalities of interest to convention attendees who participate in signing sessions and panel discussions with their fans. Other notable attractions at Supanova include the cosplay competition, the "Artist's Alley" where aspiring artists can display and sell their work, and the anime theatre. On many occasions Supanova has also hosted, as satellite events, artwork masterclasses, film screenings or similar activities. There is a large exhibitors area at Supanova where attendees can purchase merchandise from one of the many traders present. 1 As of 2014, Supanova is held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in April, followed by Sydney Olympic Park and Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre events in June, and finally at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Adelaide Showgrounds in November. Supanova's Sydney event was formerly held at the Wharf 8 Function Centre in King Street Wharf, from 2003 to 2005, before returning to Olympic Park in 2006. 2013 was the last time the event was held in Brisbane at the RNA Showgrounds (2003-2013) and Perth's Claremont Showgrounds (2008-2013) having outgrown both venues.
Supanova is an Australian-made, independent event not affiliated with foreign exposition producers. It is managed by a team of permanent staff with Daniel Zachariou holding the title of event director. There are also a large number of volunteers, generally appointed on an event-by-event basis, who assist with the on-site running of the convention.
|Dates||Location & Venue||Official Guests
(alphabetical order by surname)
November: Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th.
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
|Jamie Bamber, Manu Bennett, Louise Brealey, Greg Cipes, Peter Cullen, Jordan Cwierz, Zach Galligah, Jack Gleeson, Peter Hambleton, Torri Higginson, Grant Imahara, John Jarratt, Nathan Jones, Walter Jones, Michael Kingma, Robert Knepper, James Kyson, Neve McIntosh, Gil McKinney, Trina Nishimura, Bryce Papenbrook, Tahmon Penikett, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Jeremy Shada, Gus Sorola, Austin St. Jonn, Alan Tudyk, Victor Webster, Rupert Young.||?|
|Current & Future|
|2016||Gold Coast, QLD||Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre * TBC||April, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th.|
|2016||Melbourne, VIC||Royal Melbourne Showgrounds * TBC||April, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th.|
|2016||Sydney, NSW||Sydney Showground, Olympic Park * TBC||June, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th.|
|2016||Perth, WA||Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre * TBC||June, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th.|
|2016||Brisbane, QLD||Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre * TBC||November, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th.|
|2016||Adelaide, SA||Adelaide Showgrounds * TBC||November, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th.|
|2017||Gold Coast, QLD||Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre * TBC||April, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd.|
|2017||Melbourne, VIC||Royal Melbourne Showgrounds * TBC||April, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th.|
|2017||Sydney, NSW||Sydney Showground, Olympic Park * TBC||June, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th.|
|2017||Perth, WA||Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre * TBC||June, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th.|
|2017||Brisbane, QLD||Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre * TBC||November, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th.|
|2017||Adelaide, SA||Adelaide Showgrounds * TBC||November, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th.|
* TBC = Venue is still To Be Confirmed
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