GeekFest 2016 takes place this weekend from 7 – 8 May.
The organisers behind the festival took time out of their busy schedules to let us know exactly what to expect, the challenges they had to face, and where they see Geek culture in South Africa heading.
Hello, would you mind introducing yourself and your event ?
Hi, we are Kasia and Richard from The Dark Carnival. We are the creators of GeekFest South Africa, South Africa’s Premier Geek Day Out, happening on May 7th and 8th at the Inanda Country Base in Kyalami.
Could you briefly describe some of the events/main attractions you will be hosting over the GeekFest weekend?
Things to expect at GeekFest include Helicopter flips, a Black Ops Laser Tag Obstacle Course, Escape rooms, a Pro-Evolution Soccer Tournament sponsored by Ster-Kinekor, Robowars competitions, Cosplay competitions, 180 stalls, different types of gaming, Medieval martial arts plus so much more.
How did GeekFest come about?
Having started The Dark Carnival we wanted to do something for the Geek community that could showcase and introduce the different subcultures to other South Africans.
GeekFest has evolved into something completely unique that celebrates the Geek in everybody and not just the comic book fan or gamer.
What are the logistics for putting together an event like GeekFest?
GeekFest takes months of planning, even more so now that we have made it a two day event. We are always adding new attractions, to keep it interesting, as well as bringing back old favourites. We like to think of our event as uniquely South African because we hold it outdoors and allow pets, two things this country loves.
This year we have over 150 stalls and sponsors like Ster-Kinekor and Razer on board. Our venue this year is Inanda Country Base in Kyalami. We are so excited to hold the Fest here because its huge and really beautiful. Our fans will have tons of safe parking and loads of space to enjoy the sun and fun.
As always The Dark Carnival will have a stand with fantastically Geeky merch, from superhero socks to Star Wars bookends and Dr Who Braai tongs.
Where do you see Geek culture heading in South Africa?
Geek culture is on a significant growth curve following international trends and we are very excited to be at the forefront of this in SA.
The more events there are of this nature the more the culture will grow. “Geek” is no longer something to be mocked or shunned.
Geek subcultures are gaining respect and new fans thanks to anime being aired on local TV, comic book based films and series, and an increased interest in electronic and table top gaming.
People from all walks of life are being introduced to our amazing worlds and we are so amped to share it all with as many South Africans as possible.
We can grow the communities by sharing our interests. Make your clubs more visible and accessible to noobs.
If you interested in finding new friends and learning a new skill or game, or joining a club or team, than get on the net and look us up.
There are so many clubs and Geek days/evenings out there from hiking clubs to debate nights to cosplay picnics. We’re out there and we happy to share.
What are you most looking forward to at Geekfest 2016?
Everything!!! This year’s event is going to be one to remember! You don’t want to miss this one!