Eurofurence

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Eurofurence
Status active
Genre Furry
Begins 14 August 2019 (2019-08-14)
Ends 18 August 2019 (2019-08-18)
Frequency annually
Venue Estrel Hotel
Location(s) Berlin, Germany
Coordinates 52°28′24″N 13°27′33″E / 52.47345°N 13.45909°E / 52.47345; 13.45909Coordinates: 52°28′24″N 13°27′33″E / 52.47345°N 13.45909°E / 52.47345; 13.45909
Country Germany
Inaugurated 30 June 1995 (1995-06-30)
Attendance 2804 (Eurofurence 23)
Organised by Eurofurence e.V.
Website www.eurofurence.org

Eurofurence is a furry convention held in changing places in Europe every year (in Berlin, Germany since 2014 and will remain there for the time being). 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 2804 at Eurofurence 23 (held in 2017), 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).

Fursuiters at Eurofurence 2014

Locations[edit]

Eurofurence has been held in the following locations:

  • 30 June–3 July 1995: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (Eurofurence 1)
  • 18–22 July 1996: Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden (Eurofurence 2)
  • 21–24 August 1997: Bodstedt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany (Eurofurence 3)[1]
  • 1–5 August 1998: Heeze, North Brabant, Netherlands (Eurofurence 4)
  • 22–25 July 1999: Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 5)
  • 10–13 August 2000: Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany (Eurofurence 6)
  • 22–25 July 2001: Kirchen (Sieg), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (Eurofurence 7)
  • 15–18 August 2002: Oberbernhards, Hesse, Germany (Eurofurence 8)
  • 21–24 August 2003: Samopše, Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic (Eurofurence 9)
  • 26–29 August 2004: Olpe, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Eurofurence 10, commonly called EFX by the organisation committee)
  • 21–24 July 2005: Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany (Eurofurence XI)
  • 23–27 August 2006: Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany (Eurofurence 12)
  • 5–9 September 2007: Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (Eurofurence 13)[2][3][4]
  • 27–31 August 2008: Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (Eurofurence 14)
  • 26–30 August 2009: Suhl, Thuringia, Germany (Eurofurence 15)
  • 1–5 September 2010: Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 16)
  • 17–21 August 2011: Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 17)
  • 29 August–2 September 2012: Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 18)
  • 21–25 August 2013: Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (Eurofurence 19)
  • 20–24 August 2014: Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 20) [5]
  • 19–23 August 2015: Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 21)
  • 17–21 August 2016: Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 22)
  • 16–20 August 2017: Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 23)
  • 22–26 August 2018: Berlin, Germany (Eurofurence 24)

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
  • Eurofurence 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 [6]
  • Eurofurence 22 (2016) - Back to the 80s [7]
  • Eurofurence 23 (2017) - Ancient Egypt [8]
  • Eurofurence 24 (2018) - Aviators - Conquer the Sky [9]
  • Eurofurence 25 (2019) - Fractures in Time [10]

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:

Main events[edit]

  • Pawpet show - Furry handpuppet story with custom plot, music and effects
  • Enter the Arena - Fursuit dance contest
  • Big Blue Dance - Disco with live DJ, light effects and live mixed background animations
  • Group Photo
  • Fursuit parade
  • Art Auction - Bidding for art
  • Dealers' Den - Possibility to sell/buy merchandise and art
  • DDR Tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer (23 August 1997). "Internet-Fans treffen sich in Bodstedt". Ostsee-Zeitung (in German). 
  2. ^ Frank Hommel (8 September 2007). "Mit 'nem Tiger im Fahrstuhl". Freies Wort (in German). p. 2. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Heike Hüchtemann (8 September 2007). "Rollenspiele abseits des wirklichen Lebens". Freies Wort (in German). p. 13. Archived from the original on 7 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (8 September 2007). "Eine Welt für sich". Thüringer Allgemeine (in German). 
  5. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Eurofurence 20 - Crime Scene Berlin - Aug. 20. - 24., 2014". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  6. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Eurofurence 21 - Greenhouse World (Aug. 19 - 23, 2015)". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  7. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Eurofurence 22 - Back to the 80s". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  8. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Eurofurence 23 - Ancient Egypt". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  9. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Eurofurence 24 »Aviators - Conquer the Sky!«". Eurofurence 24 - Aviators - Conquer the Sky!. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  10. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Welcome". Eurofurence 25 - Fractures In Time. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  11. ^ Conference Guests page (2007).
  12. ^ Conference Guests page (2008).
  13. ^ Guest of Honor (2012).
  14. ^ Guests of Honor (2013)
  15. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Guests of Honor". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  16. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Our Guests of Honor - Eurofurence 21". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  17. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Guests of Honor - Eurofurence 22". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  18. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Guests of Honor - Eurofurence 23". www.eurofurence.org. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  19. ^ web@eurofurence.org. "Guest of Honor: Joaquin Baldwin". Eurofurence 24 - Aviators - Conquer the Sky!. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 

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