Supanova Pop Culture Expo

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Supanova Pop Culture Expo
Supanova Sydney 2010.jpg
The exhibition floor at Supanova Sydney 2010
Genre Multi-genre
Venue Various
Location(s)
Country Australia
Inaugurated 2002
Organized by Daniel Zachariou
Filing status For profit
Website
http://www.supanova.com.au/

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.[1] 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.[2] Other notable attractions at Supanova include the cosplay competition,[3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.

Events[edit]

Past
Year Location Venue Dates Crowd
2002 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park April, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.  ?
2003 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds September, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th.  ?
2003 Sydney, NSW Wharf 8 Function Center, King Street Wharf ?  ?
2004 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2004 Sydney, NSW Wharf 8 Function Center, King Street Wharf ?  ?
2005 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2005 Sydney, NSW Wharf 8 Function Center, King Street Wharf ?  ?
2006 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2006 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park ?  ?
2007 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2007 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park ?  ?
2008 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2008 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds ?  ?
2008 Perth, WA Claremont Showgrounds ?  ?
2008 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park ?  ?
2009 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2009 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds ?  ?
2009 Perth, WA Claremont Showgrounds ?  ?
2009 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park ?  ?
2010 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2010 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds ?  ?
2010 Perth, WA Claremont Showgrounds ?  ?
2010 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park ?  ?
2011 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2011 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds ? 14,400
2011 Perth, WA Claremont Showgrounds ?  ?
2011 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park ?  ?
2012 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds April, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th. 16,300
2012 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park June, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th. 28,400
2012 Adelaide, SA Adelaide Showgrounds ?  ?
2012 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds ?  ?
2012 Gold Coast, QLD Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre ?  ?
2012 Perth, WA Claremont Showgrounds ?  ?
2013 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds April, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th.  ?
2013 Gold Coast, QLD Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre April, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.  ?
2013 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park June, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd  ?
2013 Perth, WA Claremont Showgrounds June, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th  ?
2013 Brisbane, QLD RNA Showgrounds November, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th  ?
2013 Adelaide, SA Adelaide Showgrounds November, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th.  ?
2014 Gold Coast, QLD Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre April, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th.  ?
2014 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds April, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th.  ?
2014 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park June, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th 50,800
2014 Perth, WA Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre June, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd.  ?
2014 Adelaide, SA Adelaide Showgrounds November, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd.  ?
2014 Brisbane, QLD Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre November, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th.  ?

Events[edit]

Past
Dates Location & Venue Official Guests
(alphabetical order by surname)
Crowd
2014
November: Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th.
Brisbane, QLD
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
Year Location Venue Dates Crowd
2015 Melbourne, VIC Royal Melbourne Showgrounds April, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th.
2015 Gold Coast, QLD Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre April, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th.
2015 Sydney, NSW Sydney Showground, Olympic Park June, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.
2015 Perth, WA Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre June, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th.
2015 Adelaide, SA Adelaide Showgrounds November, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd.
2015 Brisbane, QLD Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre November, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th.
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Supanova". Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Maria (23 March, 2012) Supanova set to explode on Sydney with geeky guests Hayden Panettiere and Christopher Llyod, The Daily Telegraph, accessed March 28, 2012
  3. ^ Feeney, Katherine (4 April 2011) Stars come out for Supanova, The Age, retrieved March 28, 2012
  4. ^ Wight, Andrew (6 April 2008). "Wookies, anime and Elvens - that's Supanova". The Brisbane Times. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Williams, Matthew (12 April 2008). "WIN – Tickets to Supanova up for grabs!". The Nintendo Basement. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Feeny, Katherine (1 April 2010) Brisbane geeks prepare for comic feast, Brisbane Times, accessed 28 March, 2012

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