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:
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.
The link to book the hotel using convention rates will be made available shortly.