The inaugural Comic Con Cape Town was again delayed this year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. While a traditional Con is not possible in 2021, Comic Con Cape Town, in partnership with the City of Cape Town are excited to announce that they will be bringing a taste of Comic Con to the City this October.
Comic Con Cape Town will be hosting a series of pop culture pop-up activities at different locations around the city for one day only on the 2 October 2021.
Fans can look forward to exploring exciting pop-up activities like Cosplay Competitions for professionals, casuals and kids, the extremely popular Comic Art Drink & Draw & Sketch-off Competitions, Pop Culture Quiz Sessions, Fandom meet ups across the city, Gaming and Tabletop Competitions and film watch parties to mention a few.
There will be a strong focus on connecting the geek & pop culture communities of Cape Town, with these pop-up activations at various locations with COVID-19 regulated capacities.
Comic Con Cape Town Pop-up around the City will run alongside the renowned Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) and the much-anticipated FAME Africa Week (Film, Arts, Media & Entertainment) all with the goal of doing smaller activations in the current environment and preparation to return and launch as fully-fledged bigger events in 2022.
CTIAF will be hosting a hybrid event that hosts both in person and online events.
CTIAF has become renowned for presenting world-class content, from animated films to insightful workshops and masterclasses as well as providing a unique platform to engage with global industry leaders.
The Festival also hosts business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, a family programme and an outreach initiative.
“We will again present a phenomenal line up of international and South African speakers, masterclasses, award-winning films and much more,” says Festival Director Dianne Makings. “The only difference this year is that some of this content will appear online and some in person. It’s important to us that we host a safe and fun event that is Covid safe.”
“The South African animation sector is doing better than ever and we are proud to have positioned CTIAF as a leading market place for this fast-growing African industry. At the same time we want to give consumers the opportunity to enjoy the world’s best animated films, which would otherwise not be accessible to them.”
These activities along with more information around the pop-up activities will be announced on Comic Con Cape Town and Cape Town International Animation Fests social pages listed below, so fans should keep a close eye on social media.
“We have been navigating the landscape of the pandemic with caution and creativity, and the pop-up activities during this one-day-only fan day gives us the opportunity to connect with the Cape Town Comic Con fans, while we wait for a full force festival, and it allows for us to stay true to Comic Con’s spirit, which is to bring people of all fandoms and interests together and facilitate friendship and connection, all whilst celebrating the love of all thing Pop Culture” said Carla Massmann, Show Director.
“Cape Town is Africa’s premier film and media destination, and the city is fast becoming recognised as the continent’s game development hub with more than half of South Africa’s game development studios based in the Mother City. Combine that up with an enthusiastic geek scene, Cape Town is the perfect city to bring the comic book culture alive. For the City, we believe providing support to film and media events such as Comic Con enables the creative sector to grow and the industries can work towards recovery post the pandemic.” said Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security
Comic Con Cape Town Pop-up around the City as well as Cape Town International Animation Festival will be compliant with all government and COVID19 regulations as the health and safety of fans remains of paramount importance and the activations are all subject to change and dependent on any lockdown regulations.