LexiCon 2017 - The 38th NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Suncourt Hotel and Convention Centre
14 Northcroft Street
Taupō

The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (NatCon), will be held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

It's a fan-run event for everyone who loves science fiction and fantasy.

The official opening ceremony will be held on the Friday evening and the convention will run late into the night on the Sunday. The convention will take place at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō, New Zealand. This is the first time a NatCon has come to Taupō and we've booked out the entire hotel for our exclusive use.

What: A long weekend full of panels, workshops, entertainment, and socialising. We’ll be developing our programme to provide a whole range of opportunities for attendees. Guest of Honour is Seanan McGuire - renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk composer and cartoonist. (www.seananmcguire.com)

Seanan_McGuire_660.jpgWho it’s for: LexiCon is run by fans, for fans – which means anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy, in any form. Most members are avid readers, but we also include many fans of film and TV, games, etc. Both amateur and professional writers and other creators also attend.

Who we are: The LexiCon convention committee is a talented lot, with award winning writers, editors, passionate fans, and international speakers among the group.

Why ‘LexiCon’? Good question. Each year the NatCon is run by a different team of volunteers, who pick a name for their convention. Fannish SF cons traditionally tend to use names containing the word ‘con’, though there are exceptions. ‘Lexicon’ derives from the Greek language, meaning ‘of or for words’. The eclectic herd of personalities that make up the LexiCon concom decided on the name because it summed up a number of our goals: - To communicate our love of science fiction and fantasy in all its many forms. - To engage in conversation around the way language is used in these realms to explore ideas and create new meaning. - To create a culture of diversity and inclusivity. After all, if we do have one thing in common here, it’s that we’re passionate about words.

We also feel strongly that words and well thought out communication have power – the power to create a culture, to put a strong shoulder behind a positive message and to be inclusive to those from all walks of life. We are supporting charity 'Rainbow Youth'. See more information and sign up to attend at www.lexicon.cons.nz.