The GAMMA.CON festival is an annual event run by the non for profit organisation The GAMMA.CON Society Inc. Staffed 100% by volunteers, GAMMA.CON festival is a two day 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 with minimal if no extra cost.
2013 – GAMMA.CON was run for the first time at the Manning Clark Centre on the Australian National University campus. Running over the course of one day with an attendance of 250 people, it featured a cosplay comp, a small artist alley, screening rooms, art competition and a quiz.
2014 – Following the success of 2013, the second event was moved to the larger venue of the Hellenic Club in Woden and experienced a 440% increase in attendance to 1100. Appearing for the first time was a panel room, a stage for live acts such as Kabuki or a Magic Show and a dedicated video games room for tournaments and locally developed games.
2015 – Once again located at the Hellenic Club, we added Friday night events to our existing Saturday schedule and almost doubled our attendance to 2100. This year featured Retro video games and a focus on creative panels catering for local writers and special effects work. We also had a sewing workshop, exclusive screening of footage from local move production ‘Me and My Mates Vs. The Zombie Apocalypse’ and special guest appearances by Katsyuka Moonfox (cosplay model), Any Trieu from Pop Asia and Goose from ABC’s Good Game TV show.
2016 – For the first time GAMMA.CON will be run over two full days, both Saturday and Sunday! We have moved the event to the Australian Institute of Sport Arena; a venue with a considerable increase in floor space, a dedicated area for the stage, increased number of usable rooms and a more centralised and easier to reach location (Bruce, Belconnen). We have secured the hosts of ABC’s Good Game TV Show Bajo and Hex as our guests, which will greatly increase interest in our event, and combined with our greater focus on marketing, we are expecting a healthy increase in attendance.
The GAMMA.CON society is an incorporated, non-profit organisation whose aim is to keep GAMMA.CON as a fun, open and accessible event. 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.
DAN 'THE WELSHMAN' RATHBONE / CONVENOR
MATTHEW 'MOWEN' OWEN / VICE CONVENOR
DOMINIC TRESIZE / SECRETARY
MINA OWEN-ZHANG / TREASURER
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.
ADAM RORKE / GUEST CO-ORDINATOR
CHARLOTTE / TICKETING CO-ORDINATOR
ROB THOMAS / SOCIAL MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR
PAGAN HARRISON BROWN / SOCIAL MEDIA GURU
SAM DUVALL / SOUND & VISION DEPT
SIMON VALENTINE / VISION DEPT
OLIVA CARTER / LEAD STAGE MANAGEMENT
LEON GARVIN / VIDEO GAMES CO-ORDINATOR
ZIGGY CHARMS / TABLETOP CO-ORDINATOR
ZAC BERMANSEDER / INDIE GAMES
RUTH ENGLAND / PANELS CO-ORDINATOR
ISABELLA MAREE / COSPLAY CO-ORDINATOR
ILLIANA AINSWORTH / VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR
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, we recommend getting involved with the festival through volunteering this year.
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.