Why is the event structured the way it is?
- The event is the official
bi-ennial (once every two years) Convention for Re-enactors across Australia,
New Zealand and Tasmania, so it is important that the
structure of the event maximizes the opportunity for
all participants to be able to showcase what they do
and to share in a wide variety of experiences with others
whose focus may be different to their own.
- The Con' is an opportunity
for all re-enactors to gather and share knowledge, promote
their interests and network with other groups.
- As with any Industry
or Recreational Convention, it is the participants'
event, not the host groups'. The host group co-ordinates
and administrates the event, but it is the participants
who are the owners of the event and who make the event
a success. Third parties are employed for some forms
of entertainment, but the knowledge and skills that
are shared and gained, and the atmosphere and ambiance
that is prevalent at the event come almost exclusively
from the participants themselves.
- We have taken on board
much of the feedback and comments we have heard about
past Con's as well as our own experience (from as far
back as Castle Mountain in 1987). We invite feedback
on what we have offered so far and we are seeking continuous
feedback and suggestions over the next two years. We
endeavor to offer the best value Con' ever, with the
greatest choice of activities possible.
are there multiple streams in the timetable?
- The Con' is not a
single period, single focus event. It is a National
Convention and aims to cater for the interests of all
- At a national Convention,
it is unlikely that everyone wants to be doing the same
thing together all the time. This comes from the fact
that each group and individual has a unique reason for
participating in historical re-enactment. The multiple
streams in the program give everyone the opportunity
to pick a mix of activities that suits their own unique
- Naturally, activities
in different streams may conflict in timings so you
can't attend everything. By providing feedback about
what activities you are particularly interested in attending,
we can try to make the program as suitable as possible
for the majority of participants.
Why is there such
a difference between the discounted Early Bird Rates and
the price at the gate?
- To keep the price of the Con' as low
as possible, we need to minimize the financial risk
of the event. To reduce uncertainty in numbers we offer
substantial discounts for early payment. Hopefully,
participants will see it as an incentive to pay and
register early rather than view it as a penalty for
- Furthermore, the sooner we are certain
of who and how many are coming the sooner we can finalize
the program, catering, hired infrastructure, designated
encampments and entertainment to suit those who have
committed themselves to attending.
- You know it's on every two years. Be
smart, get in early.