Eurofurence

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Eurofurence
Genre Furry
Venue Maritim Hotel
Location(s) Magdeburg
Country Germany
Inaugurated 1995
Attendance 2015 in 2014[1]
Organized by Eurofurence e.V.
Website
http://www.eurofurence.org/

Eurofurence is a furry convention held in changing places in Europe every year. It was originally started in 1995 as a private gathering by nineteen European furry fans who met on the Internet. Attendance has been steadily rising since then, to 1278[2] at Eurofurence 18 (held in 2012), making it the largest furry convention outside the United States. The name of the convention derives from its American back-then-counterpart ConFurence, emphasising the European nature of the gathering.

Since the year 2000, Eurofurence is no longer organized by individual persons but rather by the German Verein Eurofurence e.V., which serves as an administrative body for the convention.

Contrary to most American furry conventions, Eurofurence traditionally took place at youth hostels. In 2007, Eurofurence was first held at a hotel (the Hotel Ringberg in Suhl).

Locations[edit]

Eurofurence has been held in the following locations:

  • 1995-06-30 to 1995-07-03 : Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (Eurofurence 1)
  • 1996-07-18 to 1996-07-22 : Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden (Eurofurence 2)
  • 1997-08-21 to 1997-08-24 : Bodstedt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany (Eurofurence 3)[3]
  • 1998-08-01 to 1998-08-05 : Heeze, North Brabant, Netherlands (Eurofurence 4)
  • 1999-07-22 to 1999-07-25 : Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 5)
  • 2000-08-10 to 2000-08-13 : Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany (Eurofurence 6)
  • 2001-07-22 to 2001-07-25 : Kirchen (Sieg), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (Eurofurence 7)
  • 2002-08-15 to 2002-08-18 : Oberbernhards, Hesse, Germany (Eurofurence 8)
  • 2003-08-21 to 2003-08-24 : Samopše, Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic (Eurofurence 9)
  • 2004-08-26 to 2004-08-29 : Olpe, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Eurofurence 10, commonly called EFX by the organisation committee)
  • 2005-07-21 to 2005-07-24 : Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany (Eurofurence XI)
  • 2006-08-23 to 2006-08-27 : Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany (Eurofurence 12)
  • 2007-09-05 to 2007-09-09 : Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (Eurofurence 13)[4][5][6]
  • 2008-08-27 to 2008-08-31 : Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (Eurofurence 14)
  • 2009-08-26 to 2009-08-30 : Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (Eurofurence 15)
  • 2010-09-01 to 2010-09-05 : Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 16)
  • 2011-08-17 to 2011-08-21 : Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 17)
  • 2012-08-29 to 2012-09-02 : Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 18)
  • 2013-08-21 to 2013-08-25 : Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 19)
  • 2014-08-20 to 2014-08-24 : Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 20) [7]

Themes[edit]

Since Eurofurence 8, Eurofurence has had a "theme" every year, with T-shirt designs and venue "dressing" to reflect same. The following list comprises the themes to date:

  • Eurofurence 8 (2002) - The F.I.A. (Furry Intelligence Agency)
  • Eurofurence 9 (2003) - Cunning Little Vixens
  • Eurofurence X (2004) - EFX : The Movie
  • Eurofurence XI (2005) - Songs of the Old Ages
  • Eurofurence 12 (2006) - The Hounds of Blackwhite Castle
  • Eurofurence 13 (2007) - The Unlucky Thirteen
  • Horrorfurence 14 (2008) - From Dusk till Dawn
  • Eurofurence 15 (2009) - 1001 Arabian Nights
  • Eurofurence 16 (2010) - Serengeti
  • Eurofurence 17 (2011) - Kung Fur Hustle
  • Eurofurence 18 (2012) - Animalia Romana
  • Eurofurence 19 (2013) - Aloha Hawaii!
  • Eurofurence 20 (2014) - CSI Berlin
  • Eurofurence 21 (2015) - Greenhouse World [8]

Guests of Honour[edit]

Since Eurofurence 5, Eurofurence has had a guest of honour almost every year (possibly except for Eurofurence 6&9). The following list provides an overview of the Guests of Honour so far:

Quotes[edit]

  • "Anthrocon may be the biggest fur convention in the world, but Eurofurence is the best." - Dr Samuel Conway, EFX (2004)

Main events[edit]

  • Pawpet show - Furry handpuppet story with custom plot, music and effects
  • Stage fever - Fursuiting acting show
  • Big Blue Dance - Disco with live DJ, light effects and live mixed background animations
  • Group Photo
  • Fursuit parade
  • Art Auction - Bidding for art
  • DDR Tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/eurofurence/status/506930797295976449
  2. ^ "Eurofurence e.V. - History". Eurofurence e.V. 
  3. ^ Staff writer (23 August 1997). "Internet-Fans treffen sich in Bodstedt". Ostsee-Zeitung (in German). 
  4. ^ Frank Hommel (8 September 2007). "Mit 'nem Tiger im Fahrstuhl". Freies Wort (in German). p. 2. 
  5. ^ Heike Hüchtemann (8 September 2007). "Rollenspiele abseits des wirklichen Lebens". Freies Wort (in German). p. 13. 
  6. ^ Staff writer (8 September 2007). "Eine Welt für sich". Thüringer Allgemeine (in German). 
  7. ^ http://www.eurofurence.org/EF20/
  8. ^ http://www.eurofurence.org/EF21/
  9. ^ Conference Guests page (2007).
  10. ^ Conference Guests page (2008).
  11. ^ Guest of Honor (2012).
  12. ^ Guests of Honor (2013)
  13. ^ Guests of Honor - Eurofurence 20 Homepage

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