FanimeCon 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, joining numerous major events that have had to make this hard choice.
FanimeCon now joins numerous major conventions to announced the cancellation of their 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will now take place during the Memorial Day Weekend in 2021.
In an announcement made on April 13th, the FanimeCon team broke the heartbreaking news. At the same time it address numerous concerns guests and vendors have when a major event is cancelled. Among the key takeaways are that anyone who has bought a pass will have their purchase deferred to the 2021 event. Vendors and artists have to reach out to the staff regarding their plans for next year.
FanimeCon Chairman, Eric Wu had some words of hope when he stated in the announcement,
“We hope that come May 28-31, 2021, our world will be in a more stable place and that we may once again celebrate with this wonderful community that you have helped us create in and around FanimeCon.”Eric Wu
While the news was heart breaking for fans, many had been expecting FanimeCon 2020 to be cancelled. The decision is being supported of the community who understood it had to be done.
This comes the same day as Gov. Gavin Newsom announces that he is working with the governors of Washington and Oregon on a plan to re-open the economy.
FanimeCon 2020 is among the many events that have been cancelled because of the pandemic. GDC was one of the first events in the Bay Area to be cancelled. Numerous organizers attempt to setup an alternative event before the “Shelter in Place” was declared. Other events that have been cancelled include Ani-Me Con, DAiCon and Clockwork Alchemy.
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