Konnichiwa! We’re Minami Con, a family friendly anime and Japanese culture convention. Our founders started the con to promote the cuter side of anime at a time when only more adult themed anime was available in the county. Over the years, the convention grew to also include highlighting various aspects of Japanese culture.
Each year, we tend to centre the convention around a genre/theme. The next Minami’s theme, which was the most popular in the voting poll on our Facebook page is Fantasy!
What started as a con with 4 video rooms showing anime, a pub quiz, masquerade, karaoke, artist alley, dealer’s room and a games room has developed to be more events focused where we keep padding out our schedule with a huge range of panels, workshops, games, competitions and highlight events through the efforts of our wonderful volunteers.
We kick-off Friday night with the Minami Matsuri and our variety show. Last year these were followed by a live band, and we hope for a repeat performance this con. Saturday sees staples such as the masquerade and karaoke; whilst Sunday is more chilled out with the Cosplay Café and ever popular Kotatsu Lounge.
Our Dealers’ Room houses a mix of dealers with commercial companies side by side with fan artists. Come buy merchandise, DVDs, model kits, Japanese snacks and drinks and custom artwork. If you’re looking for a bargain or to de-clutter your home from any unwanted items, there’s the jammed full Bring & Buy.
DDR:UK does an amazing job of running our games room bringing in actual games machines along with quite a few consoles. You’ll find the games room next door in the ibis Hotel just opposite the entrance of the Novotel Hotel. All throughout the weekend we also have plenty of quizzes, the locked room puzzle where you sign up in teams of 4 and con staples such as the Pub Quiz.
We have a huge variety of panels and workshops - from Gundam Speed Building, to cooking lessons, to cosplay workshops – and aim to have a mix where everyone will find something to interest them. In fact, the most common problem is having too many things to do!
We have also year on year raised an incredible amount of money for charity through our fund-raising events. Last Minami, we raised £2808.11 which we donated to the British Heart Foundation in memory of our treasurer, Ewan Chrystal.
Calling for content submissions for the next Minami con book! We need your help!
We're still working on a submission guide that highlights restrictions etc. but if in doubt, just ask us via the contact form. Deadline for submissions is on 1st February 2017. The following list highlights the sort of content we are looking for:
We are always on the look-out for new ideas for events. If you would like to propose an event that you would like to run, please send in your proposal. Events proposed must obviously be relevant to the con. If you have an event that ties in with the con theme, that would be even better.
Feel free to use the following list as a guideline for the type of events that we tend to have.
Looking to enter the masquerade on Saturday evening with your lovely cosplay? Just sign-up and let us know details of your masquerade entry so that we can be prepared to make sure your performance goes on without a hitch.
We are in need of volunteer cosplay waiters and waitresses for the Cosplay Café, where we'll be serving cake and drinks. If you would like to help out at the café, then just sign-up to let us know you're interested to do a shift or two.
Once the event schedule has been published, we can confirm timings for the shift.
Minami Con has always relied on our tremendously hard-working and lovely gopher volunteers to keep the con running as well as we can. It is a herculean team effort to ensure everybody has a great time at the con.
If you’d like to lend a hand at the con and put your name down for gophering, just sign-up and our gopher liaison will be in touch.
We have a dedicated Dealers' Room that's opened on Saturday and Sunday of the con. If you wish to be a dealer, just get contact us and let us know more about you and what you'd like to sell and our dealers liaison will be in touch.
The Novotel Hotel has been home to the convention since Minami Con 3 and is situated within 3 minutes walking distance from Southampton Central train station.
You will find most of the event rooms located on the ground floor and the 5th floor of the hotel. One of our other event rooms, the Games Room, is located at the ibis Hotel, which is directly opposite the entrance of the Novotel Hotel.