What is GAMMA.CON?
The GAMMA.CON festival is a celebration of pop culture run by the non-profit organisation The GAMMA.CON Society Inc. Staffed 100% by volunteers, the GAMMA.CON festival is an event dedicated to entertaining casual and dedicated fans of TV, anime, movies, books, comics, gaming, technology and collectables. As the largest pop culture event of this kind in the ACT/Southern NSW region GAMMA.CON prides itself on providing as much content as possible to our attendees at a great price.
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History of GAMMA.CON
GAMMA.CON runs for the first time at the Manning Clark Centre at the Australian National University campus. The one day event attracts 250 attendees and features a cosplay comp, a small artist alley, screening rooms, art competition and a quiz.
We move to the Hellenic Club in Woden and draw an attendance of 1100. This year introduces a panel room, a stage for live acts and a dedicated video games room for tournaments and locally developed games.
The program grows to include Friday night and attendance is 2100. This year focuses on creative panels catering for local writers and special effects work with special guests Katsyuka Moonfox (cosplay model), Andy Trieu from Pop Asia and Goose from ABC’s Good Game TV show.
GAMMA.CON again expands to cover a full weekend and relocates to the Australian Institute of Sports Arena, offering more floor space and more rooms for workshops, panels and other side events. Attendance is 3300.
A showcase of comic book guests is added to the program along with GAMMA@Night; an 18+ evening event on the Saturday with geek-themed drinks, mature themed movies and stage shows. Attendance is 4800
GAMMA.CON relocates to Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC), one of Canberra’s largest venues. Guests include international guest Spike Spencer, voice artist and actor, game developer Ally Mclean, cosplayers Hayley Elise, Jusz Cosplay, and Astrokerrie Cosplay. The comic book showcase returns with a bigger range of talent including Dean Rankine of Simpsons Comics and David Yardin of Marvel Comics, DC Comics and more. Attendance is 6200.
GAMMA.CON is organised by an elected team, who manage, and work with an organising committee. The elected members are voted in by The GAMMA.CON Society Incorporated Membership at the end of each year.
The membership of the organisation consists of a group of past and present volunteers who have shown their dedication to making GAMMA.CON a success.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is a four-member team elected at the Annual General Meeting by the membership of the organisation. The Elect appoints the Committee and guides the overall direction of the organisation and Festival.
The GAMMA.CON Committee is responsible for the running of the Festival. The structure of the Committee is determined by the Elect each year. Each role on the Committee is responsible for a particular facet of the Festival.
Application for GAMMA.CON membership is open to any member of the general public who has demonstrated their dedication to the success of GAMMA.CON.
If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can apply here. We do recommend getting involved with the festival through volunteering first.
Each year GAMMA.CON enlists the help of over 100 volunteers to assist the Elect and Committee with the delivery of the festival. Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 60, and help all over the festival, to ensure our attendees have an amazing weekend. Positions include set-up, ticketing, events, games, crowd management and many more fun and exciting roles.
Easily identifiable by their striking orange shirts, the GAMMA Volunteers are here to assist you during your visit. GAMMA.CON would not be a success without these dedicated volunteers.