To our dear Community of fans, attendees, talents, businesses, sponsors, family and friends:
After reviewing the phased Reopening plans for Massachusetts with the hotel Sheraton Framingham, we can finally make the decision to cancel PopCult Anime Con 2020. We know it’s disappointing to lose another con this year but it’s just not possible for us to meet the current state guidelines. Whatever keeps the Community safe at this time is what’s most important to us.
Our hotel got the jump on us while we were getting our words together, so a few of you already knew this announcement was coming. The Sheraton Framingham is automatically cancelling rooms booked under the convention, so anyone with reservations should be receiving notice of that. For room cancellation issues, please contact the hotel directly at (508) 879-7200.
Pre-registered attendees will have their registrations rolled forward to PopCult Anime Con 2021. Refunds will be available upon request however, please contact us at email@example.com before August 31, 2020 to request. Contest winner registrations will also be rolled into 2021.
For Vendors and Artists, our Exhibitor staff will be reaching out to you personally to discuss rolling your exhibit space forward or arranging a refund, as well as online advertising opportunities. Applications for 2021 will open again next year should there be any space available.
Those who signed up for our 2020 programming, such as Game Shows, Masquerade, Fan Panels, etc; will be contacted in the coming weeks by Event staff about participation in 2021 OR alternative online programming for 2020. That’s right, this summer party doesn’t sink so easily! Our staff is already planning online virtual content to help bring a bit of the con to you this August 15-16, 2020 so keep your eyes on us for new content and ways to connect with the Community in this time of separation and unrest.
Speaking of Community, a huge THANK YOU from all of us on staff for your patience and support through the uncertainty of this year. We hope that you will all be able to join us in celebrating our (belated) 5th year anniversary August 14-15th, 2021 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel!
Be safe and well everyone, enjoy your summers… and keep washing your hands!!!
Hey everyone~ It’s been about 2 months since our first coronavirus post and we think it’s about time for an update!
Currently, the MA state ban on businesses and large gatherings is set to end on May 18th. That date’s already been extended a few times, so we’re keeping a close eye on what Governor Baker and the leaders up on Beacon Hill are doing to keep us all safe. We’ve also been following updates from the CDC and WHO, as promised. If there is a PopCult Anime Con 2020, please be aware that it will come along with things like enforcing social distancing, mask-wearing policies, and a whole lot of hand sanitizer.
As a small community-based convention, we recognize how important it is to address our attendees’ health and safety concerns and will absolutely keep you all notified when any date and/or policy changes are officially made. In turn we want to thank you, our dear attendees and fans for understanding that as a small community-based convention simply cancelling PCAC without government intervention is a “heath and safety” concern for us as well. Financially speaking, we’d be ruined.
The uncertainty of the future is something we are traversing through together, which brings us right back to our original statement regarding COVID-19. As we prepare to entertain you this coming August, be it live in Framingham or with digital content TBA, we hope these efforts help put smiles on your faces and remind you that despite quarantining You Are Not Alone. Please if you can afford to, pre-register and sign up for some events – Panels, Masquerade & Game Shows are all open and in need of applicants! Or perhaps consider donating to help with virtual content should a government cancellation come to pass – even just a few dollars is a big help!
All that said, PopCult Anime Con is still moving forward with its plans for August 2020! Our hearts bleed for our first responders, essential workers, the families of those who have passed, the sick, the quarantined and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus. We do not move forward blindly, and intend to run the convention as close to CDC and MA State recommendations as possible. A community in solidarity will always soldier on. Thank you for being a part of our community.
Stay tuned for more event announcements and other PopCult Anime Con 2020 news. Be excellent to each other… and don’t forget to wash your hands!
As the prophet Justin Tiberlake predicted, it’s May! And that means it’s time for PopCult Anime’s Masquerade signups to open! Hooray!! You can find all our masq info and the link to sign up on the Masquerade Event page.
Artist Alley letters went out this week, so if you signed up for that and haven’t heard from us definitely check your email boxes and spam filters! Vendors applicants can expect a letter in the next week. Thank you all for your patience.
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Game Show Sign-Ups
Anyone who’s been spending all their quarantine time on cosplay, this one’s for you! PopCult Anime Con 2020 Masquerade Sign-Ups will be opening on May 1st! Get prepared with this year’s rules and guidelines now available on the Masquerade Event page.
Feeling a bit stir crazy? Now’s the perfect time to dream up a fun new Fan Panel for PopCult Anime 2020! Panel submissions are open now through June 20! For more info, check out the Panels Programming page linked below!
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PopCult Anime Con is aware how much our event planning colleagues and exhibitors are being hurt by the wave of cancellations sweeping our community at this time.
In a spirit of camaraderie, we are re-opening Artist Alley applications for any local artisans suffering from springtime income losses. And our exhibitor staff is hard at work brainstorming more ways they can reach out to our Artist and Vendor communities in this time of crisis.
Please help us spread the word to your favorite New England Artists and Vendors!
Maybe consider helping us out too?
We can cut costs for others better when we’re doing well too~
PopCult Anime Con will be moving forward at this time with its plans for August 2020 in the hope that the coronavirus crisis will subside by summer. Our hearts go out to the ever-growing list of cancelled events, their planners and attendees and above all the sick, the quarantined, the at-risk and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus. We do not move forward blindly, and will continue to monitor the situation under the discretion of the CDC and WHO. But we do hope that our Hope brings a little light to our community by giving us something to look forward to, and that our Retro Block Party theme this year may help us reflect on the notion that whatever the crisis, a community in solidarity will always soldier on. Thank you for being a part of our community.
Stay tuned for event announcements and updates on ways PopCult Anime Con 2020 will be changing to help those affected by spring event cancellations. Be excellent to each other… and don’t forget to wash your hands!
The warmer weather’s creeping in and it makes me feel like DANCING!
PopCult Anime Con is thrilled to announce that DJ LinkRatchet will be coming back again as resident deejay for our RETRO SUMMER BLOCK PARTY 2020. Excellent!
With LinkRatchet in charge, this block party just got totally upgraded to a DANCE PARTY! He’ll be spinning SIX uniquely themed dances over three nights, including of course the Pre-Reg Only bonus Friday night. Whether your jam is all about today’s hits, 90s nostalgia, 80s new wave, 60s Motown or 20s swing, get ready to be just like Kevin Bacon at PopCult Anime Con!
Artist sign ups will be closing at noon on February 29! So get those last minute applications in asap~ the first wave of table offers can and have often gone to talented latecomers! Artist Alley jury deliberations will occur throughout the month of March, with those first wave table notices going out no later than the first week of April. All artists can expect to receive a notice about their Wait List status about the same time. For more info or to contact our Exhibitor staff, check out our Artists page.
Vendor applications are ongoing.
Tell your favorite vendors to sign up today!
More info on our Vendors page!
Ready, steady, GO! Applications for Artists and Vendors are now open!
Artist applications will be open through the month of February only and juried through most of March. After the initial jury process, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order they signed up so get those forms in asap! Vendor applications will stay open indefinitely until all tables are full, and then switch to a waiting list contact form.
PopCult Anime Con extends their best wishes and sincere gratitude to all exhibitor applicants. It’s an privilege to check out all your cool shops and an honor to host so many of you in our Exhibitor Room each year.