Welcome to Minami Con! We're a family friendly anime and Japanese culture convention that have been running in the UK for 25 years now. 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.
The con started off with 4 video rooms showing anime, a pub quiz, masquerade, karaoke, artist alley, dealer’s room and a games room but eventually developed to be more events focused where we kept padding out our schedule with a huge range of panels, workshops, games, competitions and highlight events through the efforts of our wonderful volunteers.
Each year, we centre the convention around a genre/theme. At the most recent Minami Con, we adopted Back to School to celebrate our 25th year! The theme for the Minami Con 26 will be Food.
We kick-off Friday night with the Minami Matsuri and our variety show. Saturday sees staples such as the masquerade and karaoke; whilst Sunday is more chilled out with the Cosplay Café.
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. We usually dedicate our donations in memory of our treasurer, Ewan Chrystal, to British Heart Foundation but this year, in memory of our recently departed dear friend and gopher, Dwarfy, we will split the donation to be shared with Cancer Research as well. At Minami Con 25, we raised £4000, this amount incudes £809 made from the sales of Dwarfy's collection at the Bring & Buy. Both Ewan and Dwarfy would be very proud of what was achieved here.
Show your proof of identity and collect your membership badge and con pack from the Registration Desk located at the foyer of the Novotel. The Registration Desk will be open from 12pm on Friday. If you arrive after the Registration Desk has closed or on a Saturday, please head up to Con Ops instead.
The following lists the forms of ID that will be accepted:
Calling for content submissions for the next Minami con book! We need your help!
Here at Minami we're always looking (some might even occasionally use the term "desperate") for material for the A5 size conbook that we deliver to your con packs. Anything related to Japanese culture, conventions, or likely to appeal to the attendees is very welcome.
Deadline for submissions is on 31st December 2019. The following list highlights the types of submissions that 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. We have however filled all tables in the Dealers' Room now and won't be accepting any further requests.
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.
Rooms at convention rates are now SOLD OUT! Book through Novotel directly or alternatively, there are also other hotels in the area e.g. ibis and ibis Budget hotels