7th - 9th March 2014, Novotel Hotel Southampton
Kick start your convention by attending our Minami Matsuri!!! To celebrate our 20th year running we want to bring Japan to you don your Kimono bring your party spirit and join us in our emulation of a Japanese festivities! We have a big free buffet, lots of matsuri-style games, plus there will be popcorn and candyfloss!
The Friday night Minami Variety Show! This is where the committee members make a dash for it before being dragged up on stage as victims for 'Iron Cosplay'.
Cosplay Photo Shoot
Running over two days of the convention, a chance to get your shots taken professional-style – a priceless souvenir for the weekend! Strike a pose!
A room, for chilling... things. Dead bodies and the like. Not that there will be any of those, although there may be some unconscious gophers after Variety Show setup...
Choco DJs her way through the night Playing a range of anime focused hits but also hit you with sounds from video game's, jpop, kpop and jrock.
Get together with your friends and compete in the latest and greatest from arcade games from Japan, courtesy of the amazing DDR:UK.
Sing! Sing! Sing, my prettiesssss!
Need some where to kick back and celebrate the end of the con? Where better than in our traditional kotatsu lounge - snuggle under a heated table and enjoy games both traditional and modern in the company of friends old and new as the con winds down.
Enjoy cake and coffee/tea in the cosplay café where you'll find your lovely waiters/waitresses all in cosplay garb! Occasionally in crossplay as well.
Cosplayers take to the stage to show off their creations, with a mixture of showcases and live performances...
The pre-masquerade briefing for all cosplayers who are participating. Important super-secret information that will help ensure that Mr Cock-up doesn't come to visit your performance will be imparted here, so be sure to attend! (also, attendance is mandatory for anyone doing a skit, which is another good reason to be there!)
Every year we arrange for 3 video streams showing quite a mix of different anime and live action. Some of it may even be old (ish!)
The End of the Con! It's over! Except for the people who haven't collected their auction items yet. And the gophers. And the committee. And the people who left already. Oh, nowait, it's over for them. It's over for them.
After the masquerade we hold our annual charity auction, in which people spend Far Too Much Money on Tat They Don't Need, but it's all right because It's For Charity.
Auction Item Viewing
Your chance to get up close and personal with our junk… for charity.
Bring & Buy
You can buy things really cheap! You can sell things (just make sure they're really cheap). It's the black hole of anime and manga from yester-year; your only hope to navigate it is the team of gopher sherpas who live behind the desks (and work for Pocky).
Each year the dealers come up with ever more creative ways to cram more goodies onto there tables – watch as Gurinder tries even higher stacks of Gundam kits, whilst Mr Ferengi from UP tries levitation.
More contests to be updated here!
We have plenty of competitions running throughout the con including in the games room. We'll update this section as and when we've confirmed more events. Meanwhile, here are a couple of our Con competition staples.
Build Your Own Piñata
Toy with them and then Destroy Them! (no, not an excerpt from the Committee's Gopher Handling Guide...) Build your favourite Anime idol or most hated anime villain for the Minami Con fairground, then watch as it gets beaten to smitherines for all to feast on its tasty innards!
The great and the good of cosplayers vie for everyone's attention! Watch as amazing costumes are paraded through the hotel; giant robots try to make it up the aisle; gaffer tape gets used to fix things that *really* should not need sticking down and observe the judges hide in the bar whilst they think of comedy categories (with the aid of alcohol, lots of alcohol).
Gundam Speed Building
Gurinder's Gundam Garage of Mayhem - grab some tools and put your ultra-lightspeed construction skills to the test!
The ultimate cosplay challenge, or the chance to stitch up one of your mates… in all probability, both. Make what ever Meng feels like on the day :D
The Minami pub quiz takes on all challengers - old and new, the no-knowledge-required quiz that offers everyone a chance, thereby redefining that very nature of the term "Quiz"... into something closer to "Lottery", perhaps?
More panels/talks to be updated here!
We change up our panels and talks every year. This section will be updated once we've had confirmation but expect all sorts of topics to be discussed, anything from the silly to serious.
Japanese Snack Tasting
A range of snacks ranging from the common to the unusual. Come and have a try and see if you find something you might like. Worse case, the snacks are free anyway!
Minami Con Panel
Come and shower the committee with admiration and praise, whilst offering up helpful suggestions for future events. Or, alternatively, just complain about things. Your choice.
Sake and Shochu Tasting
A range of Sake and Shochu to sample - just remember, it's not "sampling" if you can't find the door afterwards. Also, you must be over 18 to participate in this event.
More workshops to be updated here!
We have a whole lot of workshops for you to get you in tuned with your inner crafty self. There will be a range of cosplay and art & crafty workshops. Example of events we've had in the past: Cel Painting, Make your own Cat's Ears & Tail, Cosplay Modelling with Clay, Taiko Drumming, Japanese Caligraphy.
Cooking with Babbit
Babbit tries to teach you to cook something vaguely Japanese. He is still trying to decide what to cook as this goes to print. A furry member of staff wants him to make omelette roll. Maybe, just maybe...