PopCult Anime Con first addressed the Covid-19 pandemic on March 16, 2020, mostly reacting to the first wave of local event cancellations. When we released our second statement on May 9th, we’d grown much more concerned and were hoping the MA state government would extend their large gatherings ban, allowing us to cleanly break our contracts without default. PopCult Anime Con 2020’s was formally cancelled on June 9th.
With less than 10 weeks between cancellation and the scheduled convention, our staff volunteered countless hours to put together a virtual day-con‘s worth of programming including Panels, Game Shows, Watch Parties, Twitch Streams, Virtual Vending, a Masquerade, Idol Show, and even a Dance! All of this was free to join from the comfort and safety of anyone’s own living room and attendees hailed from MA to international! PopCult Anime Con was proud to host even a small event that might maintain a sense of normalcy and bring entertainment to an isolated and hurting community.
In November 2020 the Sheraton Framingham (and home of PopCult Anime Con since inception) went up for auction, citing losses in business due to Covid-19. In mid-December the building was purchased by its own mortgage lender and the future of the building is currently unknown. As is the future location of PopCult Anime Con, it would seem…? Our deepest condolences to all of the staff at the Sheraton Framingham, and the Framingham community at large, for this monumental loss. We loved working with you, your beautiful location and the enthusiasm you showed for our event each year. Thank you for everything.
So for now, we will continue to keep an eye on the situation surrounding Covid-19 both locally and nationally, especially as it pertains to the entertainment and event industries. Making sure we can create a safe space for our attendees is first and foremost to us and thus, PopCult Anime Con’s next convention dates and info will be TBD until further notice. But rest assured, we will be back live and in person again once all of this is over!
The staff at PopCult Anime Con are sending love to all the first responders, essential workers, the families of those who have passed, the sick, the quarantined and all those who has been negatively impacted by the this awful virus. A community in solidarity will always soldier on.
Thank you for being a part of our community.