Finncon X - Eurocon 2003 in Turku, Finland, on August 1st - 3rd
Finncon is the largest science fiction and fantasy event in Finland.
Finncon X is, as the name suggests, the tenth Finncon. It will be
organised on the premises of the University of Turku on August 1st - 3rd,
2003. Finncon was first organised in 1986. It has taken place twice in
Jyväskylä, six times in Helsinki and once, in 1999, in Turku.
The expected attendance is 4000, based on the number of visitors in
earlier Finncons. In 1999, more than 3000 people attended. The main target
audiences are the Finnish fandom, the general public around the Turku area
and the rest of south-western Finland, and foreign fans especially from
Sweden and the rest of Europe.
Finncon is unique in the world, because there are no entrance fees; the
event is free for visitors. Finncon's budget is based on sponsors,
contributions, sales activities and thousands of hours of voluntary work.
None of the presenters receives a presentation fee, either.
Finncon X will be the most international Finncon to date.
Finncon X was elected Eurocon 2003 in the election held in the Czech
Republic on July 7th. Winning the election makes Finncon Europe's most
important science fiction and fantasy event in 2003.
The choice between previously announced nominees was made by fandom
representatives in the Eurocon arranged in Prague and Chotebor on July 1st
- 7th; each country had two votes. Eurocon is also the annual meeting
place for the European fandom, where awards are presented, plans for
co-operation are made and the next Eurocon is elected.
Finncon X in 2003 will be Finland's first Eurocon. This is an important
milestone for Finnish science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. Finncon X
will receive a central position in international calendars and up to
hundreds of foreign fans may turn up; this will undoubtedly increase
Finncon's value as a cultural experience also on the domestic front.
According to the practice of international cons, so called agents will
be gathered from different countries to act as contact and PR persons. So
far, Finncon has agents in Sweden, Norway, Poland, The Netherlands and
More internationality is achieved by an extensive anime section, which
continues the Finncon 1999 tradition and is aimed at fans of Japanese
comics and animation.
Finncon X will also be the first Eurocon in the Nordic Countries, so it
is a natural choice for Baltcon 2003 as well, the most significant SF
event in the Baltic Cea region. So Nordic co-operation is also a strong
Finncon X will have a trilingual programme. In addition to Finnish and
English presentations, some will also be given in Swedish, for the first
time in Finncon's history. Danish, Norwegian and Swedish fans have agreed
to collaborate in planning the programme.
Co-operation between Scandinavian fans will be promoted in other ways
as well. Budget allowing, the fan guest of honour for Finncon X will be
invited from Norway; an author guest has been invited from Sweden to
support the Swedish presentations. Finland's only Swedish-speaking SF
magazine, Enhörningen, participates in organising the event. Moreover, the
recently begun Nordic fan exchange, where visitors are sent to cons in
other countries through jointly collected funds, will be continued. This
NoFF (Nordic Fan Fund) guest will also be seen in Turku. It is hoped that
multilingual programme will attract more visitors than before, especially