Nexus 101 – what you need to know about the hottest Pop Culture Con to hit Regional Australia
What is Nexus Con?
Nexus Con is a “Pop Culture Convention”. Think all things pop (popular) culture; anime, gaming, cosplay (costume play), characters, movies, fantasy and so much more! Nexus Con is a chance for the Coffs Coast and the wider North Coast region to come together to celebrate everything Pop Culture in one place. Nexus Con is an all ages, family friendly, inclusive event. There is something for everyone and the whole community is invited to join in the fun. You won’t want to miss it.
That’s COOL! How did it get started?
Nexus Con is the brainchild of a group of young people known as Nexus HQ, their vision was to connect with like-minded people to share their interest in all things pop culture. Nexus HQ have been supported to achieve this vision by Mid Coast Communities Incorporated and other local youth and community services. Nexus Con (originally called Level Up!) is now in its fourth year and is set to be the biggest and best yet.
WOW! What an awesome idea! I’m definitely coming this year. What will I see?
The event will be held at the Southern Cross University this year and has already attracted national and international guests, cosplayers, itasha cars, gamers, media and experts. There will be lots of hands-on activities to experience things like swordplay, archery, LARPing (Live Action Role Playing), virtual worlds, animation, electronic gaming, tabletop games, special effects makeup and heaps more. There will be cosplay competitions, workshops to learn different skills, expert panels as well as the very popular “Zombie Extraction Zone”. We’ve got giant games on the grass, jumping castles for the littlest pop culture fans as well as a huge variety of foods and drinks from different cultures to keep you going.
Epic! I saw somewhere this is an “inclusive event”? What does that mean?
An inclusive event means everyone can enjoy the fun no matter what your ability. The space is accessible to people in wheelchairs or who need assistance with mobility. It also means that we have a chill-out space for those who might get a little overwhelmed by the noise and the crowd. We have space if people need some privacy for feeding or changing too. Basically what we want everyone to know is that “YOU’RE WELCOME” (sing it like from Moana, you know you want to – she’ll be back this year as well by the way). We also love that Coffs Coast Autism (CCA) love Nexus Con as much as we at Mid Coast Communities do and as such, they’ve partnered with us as a major sponsor of the event. Laura Daley from Coffs Coast Autism said “CCA is so pleased to be participating in Nexus Con. We know popular culture and gaming are areas of high interest to many individuals and families on the autism spectrum.” Make sure you pop into the Chill-out Zone while you’re at Nexus Con, just like the festival itself it’s a place for everyone and you’ll find some super cool things in there to test out and they have a recharging station in there for your phone too so #WINNING!
Even better! So give me the lowdown, what’s the cost, how do I get there, is there anything else I need to know?
Ok here are the details… The cost is $15 for an adult, $10 for kids, under 5 years are free and you can get a family pass for $35. A family is about 2 adults and 2 kids but we get that it’s not the same for everyone so just let us know and we’ll sort it out if yours looks a little different. If you’re a carer, you can come in for free with a paid ticket for the person you’re caring for. The event is at Southern Cross University so there’s parking on site. You can also jump on any of the normal busses operating in Coffs. Our Ability Links team have organised transport from Taree, Port Macquarie and Kempsey so if you’ve got friends or family down that way let them know to head to our website and book themselves in. We’re all over our social media so head to Facebook and like and follow Nexus Con for regular updates. Tickets are available from our website nexuscon.com.au and at the gate on the day. You’ll find the program, accommodation and travel information and lots of other good stuff on the website too. If you go there and join our mailing list you’ll get access to some exclusive offers and you might even win yourself a prize!
WOAH! Joining the mailing list for sure! What if I want to help? Can I get involved?
Besides being an attendee, you can be one of our volunteers on the day, apply to be a stallholder or exhibitor, help to run an activity, if you work for a community service organisation you can get your work involved, if you’re a business you can become a sponsor, and we also need zombies, random, we know. Head to our website and fill in the form to register your interest or email our project co-ordinator Naomi on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweet! I’m all set! Wait!… Should I dress up?
Definitely! We all are. See you there!