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02 September 2013 @ 10:24 pm
Worldcon ahoy!  

We can finally reveal the geek secret we’ve been sitting on for months:

Dublin has announced its intention to seek the bid for hosting WorldCon in 2019.

I have known about this since April, and have been biting my knuckles waiting until we could tell everybody. I am *agog* and thrilled at the huge amount of work and thought our fearless leader, James Bacon, has put into our pre-bid preparations. About twenty of us went to the Convention Centre Dublin then (and I can FINALLY post the pictures, yay!), and holy gods, the venue is just *amazing*. We were in hysterical giggles half the time, just walking around checking the place out. We’re going to be able to have breakout chat rooms with just 8 or 10 people and massive panels and auditorium projects and and and

Guys, there is just so much cool shit that will be involved with Dublin 2019. It will be–and I think this is epic–it will be the 10th anniversary of the Irish SF short film award festival, the Golden Blasters. I’ve loved the Golden Blasters presentations hugely, and I can’t wait to see where the festival is in another six years. I mean, I’m already dying to see what Eurocon in Dublin in 2014 brings in terms of raising the GBs’ profile, and, well, Worldcon!

My web designer, Thirzah Brown, has developed the Dublin 2019 website (“Thirzah,” I said to her, “I have a Sekrit Project that you might want to work on, but you are sworn to silence…” “OOOH WHAT WHAT WHAT” she said in return :)), which has all the pertinent information. Check it out, go “like” the Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

The official press release is behind the cut, if you wanna have a read of that. :)

A collective of dedicated fans within the Irish science fiction community has announced its intentions to launch a bid to host the 77th Worldcon in Ireland in 2019. The plans were made public at the 71st Worldcon, LoneStarCon in Texas on Friday, August 30.

For many fans of the genre, the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is one of the biggest events of the year. The convention is chiefly known for presenting the annual Hugo Awards Ceremony. The Hugo Awards are classed among the highest honours bestowed for science fiction and fantasy writing. However, the convention is also a celebration of all forms of speculative fiction, film and more, from comics to cosplay and manga and anime to gaming.

There will be an open meeting on the Dublin bid for all interested parties at Octocon, the National Science Fiction Convention in Ireland on Saturday the 12th of October.

Volunteers from all areas of Irish conrunning and fandom as well as people who may never have been involved in or even attended a convention before are welcome at any stage of planning and can contact organisers by email at volunteer@dublin 2019.com. The website can be found at www.dublin2019.com and there is a Facebook page at facebook.com/Dublin2019 and a Twitter account @dublin 2019.

Planning and bidding to host a Worldcon is no small endeavour. Ireland already has a huge community of science fiction fans as well as a plethora of writers and artists that work in the genre in its many forms, and Irish fandom has been gaining momentum and building strong foundations on which to successfully host a Worldcon.

Irish fandom is also constantly generating interest and enthusiasm through the host of conventions that are run every year such as Octocon, Arcade Con, Nom Con, Eirtakon and more. Irish fans started making waves in international fandom when they won the bid for Dublin to host Eurocon in August 2014, officially called Shamrokon.

A convention such as Worldcon deserves a welcoming and engaging atmosphere for fans both international as well as local, which is why the Convention Centre Dublin has been put forward as an ideal venue for a Dublin Worldcon. The CCD has fully built-in technical facilities needed to support an event like Worldcon and among other features boasts a 2,000 seat auditorium with a full theatrical stage, six spacious foyers and 4,500 square metres of exhibition space.

The CCD also has the advantage of a very central location in Dublin City, easily accessible by public transport as well as by car. In the centre of the newly developed Dublin Docklands the CCD affords easy access to a range of hotels and cultural sites. A visit to the CCD is also planned for the 14th of October for all interested parties.

The official launch of the Dublin Bid is set to take place at the 72nd Worldcon in London next year followed by a launch at Shamrokon.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
Bryant: Rocketeerbryant on September 2nd, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Emailed the volunteer address. Obviously with Brian you've got your tech leadership sorted out but if I can be of help I'd be thrilled.
Catherinesharpwords on September 3rd, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
Me = EXCITED

If the CCD visit is before the Dead Dog I may even sneak along. Just to be nosy.
elektra_helektra on September 3rd, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
I met the Shamrockcon folks this past weekend and they are a delight. I don't think I can pull off 2014--but I'm going to save for 2019. They will both surely be all sorts of awesome.