Fedcon XX - Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany - 28th
April-1st May 2011
Guest List: Richard Dean
Anderson, Scott Bakula, Robert Duncan McNeill, Lance
Henriksen, Wil Wheaton, Paul McGillion, Marina Sirtis,
Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan, Nicole de Boer, Sean Maher,
Bonnie Piesse, Tony Amendola, Kate Hewlett, Arlene Martel,
Kate Vernon, Carel Struycken, Garrett Wang
Random conversations on a
Thursday night in the pub often end up with us finding
ourselves in uncharted waters, and waking up with slightly
sore heads on a beautiful Thursday morning in Dusseldorf was
testament to this. The city of Dusseldorf itself is very
nice with just the 1000 bars in the old town! Some great
eateries and the majestic Rhine meandering slowly
This was our first convention
outside of the UK and we had heard about Fedcon,
some good, some bad, and were pretty much prepared for
whatever was thrown at us. Has to be said that €5 a beer was
not forseen however that's another tale.
Firstly, The Maritim Hotel,
Dusseldorf has to be the most luxurious convention hotel
we'd ever been to. The organisation was stunningly efficient
and we quickly felt right at home. Even though this is one
of the biggest events in Europe, it does feel like an
intimate weekend event along the Starfury lines.
Guest panels wise, it turned
out to be exactly as we had imagined, however we did feel
for Bonnie Piesse, who had to hold court, with limited genre
series experience, for an hour in the smaller (only 2000
seat) auditorium, at the same time as Scott Bakula was on
stage in the main room. Some memorable moments were had in
Nicole de Boer's second panel, mainly due to a slightly
confused, and somewhat sinister fan in full uniform.
The costumes were awesome,
hilarious and breathtaking at times. The dealers area was
huge and well supported.
Come the evening, a lively
time was had by all in the bar areas and it was great to see
the guests mingling easily (and without unwanted attention)
with the fans until the wee hours.
A great event and weekend in
all. Can't wait to come back next year.
Note: If you decide to attend
Fedcon be very aware that this is not a cheap event. Weekend
ticket price is around €100 and that includes all the panels
and entrance to the event for the 4 days. Everything else is
extra. If you like an alcoholic beverage in the evening then
be prepared for a bit of a shock. Food prices are reasonable
and there are also the facilities available at the airport,
2 minutes walk away, however the event hotel is again very
expensive. It was sold out when we booked so we found a
nearby hotel at a much better rate. The location is great
for flying in and out of from the UK, and flying with
Lufthansa was quite reasonable. This is however a great
event and well worth saving for.
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