Nine Worlds Geekfest, Novotel London West, Hammersmith 12th-14th August 2016
Nine Worlds is back for 2016!
This year, Nineworlds Geekfest, the residential unconventional convention, has expanded to a new venue, The Novotel West at Hammersmith, with room for 3,000 attendees, from 12th to 4th August 2016. There will be around 300 programme items under nine categories. There will also be a large, self-contained exhibition hall, with a full expo running alongside, to which convention tickets include entry, with room for 60 vendors plus bar and social space. Both day tickets and weekend tickets are available, as well as child concessions.
And the list is endless for what’s on:
Academia & Humanities – Academia and Humanities brings together the successful academic conference with various other areas (History, Religion, etc.) that sit in the general realm of the humanities. There will be talks, panels and other items, covering such things as sci fi criticism, oral history, and academic astronomy, inter alia.
Crafting and Creating – Creative writing, cosplay and make up, knitting and yarncraft, food, drink, podcasting and child-friendly crafting workshops form part of the crafting and creating group.
Entertainment – Readings, quizzes, an afternoon arcade where the Great Hall becomes a huge space for games of all kinds; music from The Mechanisms; the infamous Bifröst cabaret; comedy; midnight movies; the Duke Mitchell Film Club; rock band Dyke Hard; Bifröst Disco; Zombie Mixer Party; and Whedon and Steven Universe singalongs, are some of the entertainments lined up at Nine Worlds 2016.
Fanworks – The fanworks track explores not just fanfic, but also fan engagement and reworking in all media. Sessions this year include Cosplayers: Larp!; Shakespearean Fanfiction; Creating Fan Art; Collaborative Fanfic Story Telling; Drabbles & The Art of Brevity….. to name but a few!
Gaming – The Gaming content group will cover play and playful thinking, be it digital, physical, tabletop or in-between. This year the group is branching out to fill more rooms with diverse, inclusive takes on physical, face-to-face play and gaming. The Nine Dice bar and lounge will be open all day throughout the convention, offering a wide library of games of all types.
Identity & Culture – Identity & Culture will be a focal point for discussion of the social justice issues, identity politics and marginalised identities that runs straight to the heart of what Nine Worlds has always strived to be about. Everything you loved about the LGBTQIA+, feminist and race and culture tracks – now with added disability politics (including specific spaces focused on neurodiversity), and immigrant focused content.
Living Word – Encompassing All of the Books, Comics and Fanfiction, Living Word covers literature, with a particular focus on science fiction and fantasy.
Moving Pictures – Doctor Who, Supernatural, Whedon, Game of Thrones and every shade of nerdy film have had a key place at Nine Worlds. So if you want to talk costuming in Arrow, Afrofuturist horror and why Buffy’s still important, this is the place.
Technology for People – Technology for People is about Things that People Use to Do Stuff and how the things and stuff change people. Not just looking at technology as objects, we’re interested in how it’s talked about, both inside of and outside of fiction, and its effects on people.
I would suggest checking out the website (link at the bottom of this article) to see in detail what Nine Worlds has to offer this year. And you’d best be good at diary management because there’s A LOT! And the best bit? There’s someing for everyone: all ages, all fandoms and all interests.