MinamiCon 29

8th - 10th March 2024

@ Novotel Southampton

Sold out on tickets

News

About Us

MinamiCon is the longest-running Anime and Japanese culture convention in the UK, entirely run for fans by fans - we are a non-profit organisation staffed by volunteers. Our convention is a 3-day event, kicking off from Friday afternoon and running through to Sunday evening, with a packed schedule of events, workshops, panels, games and other con staples like the Masquerade. The con was founded to promote the cuter side of anime, opening up to be more family-friendly and embracing the MinamiCon Fairy as our mascot. Each year, we centre the convention around a theme. The theme for MinamiCon 29 is Yōkai.

Membership Ticket

£70 for full 3-days membership

Sold out on tickets

T-shirt

£12 for a themed con T-shirt

Available for purchase with membership. A limited number will be available for sale at the con.

Highlights

We hold our MinamiCon Matsuri on Friday - our take on a Japanese festival. Saturday ramps up to more high-energy staples such as the masquerade and karaoke, while Sunday is chilled with the Cosplay Café and Kotatsu Lounge.

Shopping

Our Dealers' Room houses a mix of dealers with commercial companies alongside fan artists, where you can 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 unwanted items, there's the jammed-full Bring & Buy. There's also the charity auction, where you may find some unique items for sale.

Panels/Workshops

We have a variety of panels and workshops such as Gundam Speed Building, cooking lessons, sake tasting, art and cosplay workshops – and we 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!

Games

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 and mysterious puzzles for you to participate in.

Our Charity Initiatives

We have also year on year raised an incredible amount of money for charity through our fund-raising events. Our con charity is the British Heart Foundation, in memory of our treasurer, Ewan Chrystal. For MinamiCon 28, we included Cancer Research UK in memory of our recently departed gopher friend, Martin Russ. We raised a total of £2000, which will be evenly split between both charities.

Where

Home to the convention since MinamiCon 3, the Novotel Hotel is within walking distance of Southampton Central train station.

You will find most of the event rooms located on the ground floor and the 5th floor of the hotel. The Games Room, is located at the ibis Hotel, near the entrance of the Novotel Hotel.

Participate

Membership Pick-Up at the Con

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-5pm Friday. If you arrive on Friday and the Registration Desk is no longer in the foyer, please head down the hallway on the left (past the bar) towards the Minami Matsuri, where you will find the desk has moved. If you arrive after the Registration Desk is closed, head up to Ops on the 5th floor instead.

The following lists the forms of ID that will be accepted:

  • A valid passport
  • A current full/provisional driving license
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Citizen Card
  • Official Student or College Card
  • ProveIT Age Card
  • A Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • Recent bank statement showing your con registration address
  • Recent utility/council bills showing your con registration address
  • Rent Book
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Young Persons Railcard

Bring & Buy

There's a dedicated room at the con for the bring & buy where you can put any of your unwanted merchandise up for sale. We take in submissions at the con from Friday afternoon but if you want to be super-organised, just download the form below and follow the instructions.

The bring & buy room is open for taking in items on Friday and early Saturday morning. The room is then open for sales on Saturday and Sunday.

Gophers / Volunteers

MinamiCon 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 are also 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.

Masquerade

Want to enter the masquerade on Saturday evening at MinamiCon? Then get your entry in before midnight on the Friday night of the con. We have a number of prizes up for grabs for some really bizzarre made up on the spot categories.

Dealers @ MinamiCon 29

BLH Creative

BLH Creative

Illustrator, designer and maker of nerdy knick-knacks!

Charming Sushi

Charming Sushi

Officially licensed collectibles from Japan. Expect Nendoroids, Iciban Kuji and plenty of kawaii merchandise.

Fukamai

Fukamai

Original artwork, merchandise prints & zines.

Genki Gear

Genki Gear

Genki Gear produces original t-shirts that stand out amongst the crowd! We have a number of influences from Japanese culture, Dungeons and Dragons, tabletop games, and science fiction and we add to it a dash of unique humour.

Gomisando

Gomisando

Original designs, self-made merchandise

Gundam Mad

Gundam Mad

Gundam & Japanese model kits

Kitsu's Creations

Kitsu's Creations

Faux fur kemonomimi apparel, original design merchandise

Kokushu Creative

Kokushu Creative

Sake

Liara K Crane

Liara K Crane

Illustrator interested in antiquity, rabbits and comics

Mad Wizard Studios

Mad Wizard Studios

Artisan blacksmith, metal worker, fabricator and movie/theatre and LARP prop maker

Mono Kiiro

Mono Kiiro

Original illustrations and merchandise

Miss Moonshines Makes

Miss Moonshines Makes

Geek chic with a touch of elegance to get your game rolling

Ninja Nyan Cosprops

Ninja Nyan Cosprops

Cosplay props, accessories and prints

Otaku

Otaku

Anime, manga, and Japanese merchandise

Studio Chai

Studio Chai

Independent artist and designer creating merch and art with a cute, kooky and whimsical flavour

Team Giblets

Team Giblets

Independent art and design studio, selling original T-shirt designs

Tofu Cute

Tofu Cute

Cute & unique Japanese snacks, plushies, accessories, stationery & more