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Kaizoku-Con is a non-profit Japanese animation, Fantasy and Sci-fi convention held annually over the course of a weekend in the University College of Cork. Being one of the largest events of this kind in the south of Ireland, our aim is to provide a fun-filled weekend for our attendees that covers all areas of nerd and geek culture. 2014 was our very first year and was a huge success, bringing in over 800 attendees and raising over €2000 for charity. From panels about Japanese culture and cosplay workshops to games, competitions, a pub quiz, special guest signings and a large trade hall of specialist traders and artists, Kaizoku-Con has everything for fans of all ages.

Kaizoku-Con 2015 will be running from Friday the 27th of February to Sunday the 1st of March.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through email at kaizokucon@gmail.com or through our facebook page.

All the best,
The Kaizoku-Con 2015 Committee

Tickets

Tickets can currently be bought here
They will also be available on all three days.

Guests

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Here at Kaizoku-Con we are absolutely delighted to announce our first guest for 2015, none other than the talented Brina Palencia!
Brina Palencia is an American actress, voice actress, ADR director, and singer, primarily known for her work for Funimation/OkraTron 5000.
Some of her most well known roles include: Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler, Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece, Holo from Spice and Wolf and Mad Moxxi in The Borderlands Series. She has also voiced characters in Fairy Tail, DragonBall Z Kai, Hetalia: Axis Powers, Mirai Nikki, Soul eater and Full Metal Alchemist to name but a few.

Events

Panel applications are currently open!
To apply, email us at kaizokucon@gmail.com with your idea!

FAQ

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When is the convention being held?

Kaizoku-con 2015 will take place from the 27th of February until the 1st of March.

Where is the convention being held?

Kaizoku-con 2015 will be held in the University College of Cork on the main campus, utilising the Student Centre and Boole buildings

Who is running the convention?

Kaizoku-Con is run by a dedicated committee made up of members of the UCC Sci-fi and Anime Society. Please email kaizokucon@gmail.com if you wish to get in contact with any of us.
Convention Director - Alan O'Regan
Assistant Director - Conor Crowley
PRO - Katie O Sullivan
Finance Director - Graham O'Halloran
Events Director - Adrian Jae O'Grady
Guest Liasion - Emma Mulligan
Volunteer Manager - Patrick O'Leary
Equipment Officer/Webmaster - Paidraic O'Connor
Scif-Fi Rep - Dave Horgan
Ex efficios - Emmett Fitzharris and Fionn McCleane

How long does the convention last?

Kaizoku-con starts on Friday 27th at 5pm and finishes on Sunday 1st at 6pm.

What's happening at Kaizoku-Con?

Please see the survival guide for a map on how to reach the UCC campus.

Do I have to cosplay?

No one is required to cosplay at the event. All cosplays are welcome regardless of what genre they fit under.

What props/weapons are not allowed?

Real Firearms: Working, Replica, Disabled or Otherwise
Projectile Weapons: BB Guns, Pellet Guns, Paintball Markers, Crossbows, Dart Guns, Tasers. Exceptions are made for airsoft weapons. Please see below for further information

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Weapons: Knives, Swords, Bayonets, Daggers, Switchblades, Axes, Batons, Clubs, Paddles
Liquid Weapons: Water Pistols, Water Guns, Water Balloons.
Please note that these can be used in the car park of the venue with extreme caution
Explosives: Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Sparklers, Stun Guns, Stun Grenades, Smoke Bombs.
Chemical: Tear Gas, Pepper Spray
Laser Devices: Laser pointers, Laser-Aiming Devices.
Other weapons prohibited in Ireland under the 1964 Firearms Act.
Anyone found in possession of a prohibited weapon will be reported to An Garda Siochàna


Airsoft Weaponry
We would like to inform attendees that airsoft weaponry have been legal in Ireland since 2006 following an amendment to the 1964 Firearms Act. Air guns are legal provided that the device's muzzle energy is less than or equal to one Joule. In order to maintain the peace and for the safety and reassurance of attendees, committee, volunteers and guests, we have implemented these restrictions on airsoft weaponry:

Spring-loaded airsoft weaponry is not permitted. All loaded and carried magazines must be empty and de-gassed; and no airsoft pellets may be carried on your person.
The weapon's chamber must be clear.
The weapon's battery must be removed.
An orange tip must be in place on the weapon's barrel, or the weapon must feature brightly coloured markings or other apparatus.

What is Pre-Registration?

Pre-registration is where you buy your ticket in advance. It guarantees you a ticket to the convention and gets you a pre-reg bag full of goodies. It also means the convention has funding in the build up to the convention which helps us organise better events.

How do I Pre-Register?

Pre-registration is done through eventbee, we take care of any charges so all you are paying for is your ticket. The pre-reg tab here on the website will direct you to the link.

Will I be able to buy a ticket on the day of the convention?

Yes, tickets will be available to purchase at the registration desk.

How much does it cost?

Weekend tickets are €25, daily tickets are €15.

Are there any discounts offered?

Groups of ten or more from societies, clubs and other colleges can avail of a discount. Please email kaizokucon@gmail.com to enquire.

What do VIP tickets offer?

VIP tickets offer an exclusive meet and greet with the guests and time to talk to them and ask for signatures. The VIP tickets also mean you get priority.

Are there any age limits?

All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Some events and panels have age restrictions and cannot be accessed by anyone not of the required age.

Do I have to prove my age to get in? What forms of ID do you accept?

While you do not need to prove your age to enter the convention, proof of age is required to receive and over 18s wristband which will grant you access to events and panels listed as over 18s. Passports, Driving licences and Garda ID are all accepted forms of identification.

How do I get there?

Please see the survival guide for a map on how to reach the UCC campus.

What do the different coloured T-Shirts mean?

Blue T-shirts are worn by Kaizoku-con Volunteers
Purple T-shirts are worn by Kaizoku-con Committee Members
Black T-shirts are worn by Kaizoku-con attendees

Will there be somewhere to store things on the day?

Yes.

Rules

These rules are in place for the well being of everyone at Kaizoku-con, whether they are attendees or staff. Failure to abide by them will not only affect con-goers enjoyment, but may cause us difficulties in organising future conventions. By purchasing a ticket and entering Kaizoku-con you agree to our terms and will follow the rules outlined below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

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Basic Rules:

Please have your wristbands visible at all times within the venue.
Children under the age of 13 must have parental/guardian supervision to attend the convention.
Convention equipment can only be touched under staff supervision and permission. Attendees must stay out of restricted staff areas unless invited. This means you are not permitted to go behind trade tables, registration desks or in staff only rooms.
Kaizoku-con takes no responsibility for lost items. All found items will be kept at the registration desk.
File sharing and selling of counterfeit goods is strictly prohibited. Such goods will be confiscated and you will be removed from the convention.

Cosplay Rules:

Kaizoku-con is for all ages and all cosplays must remain decent and cover at least as much as a swim suit.
No real weapons are allowed at the convention e.g. replica swords or guns, airsoft guns, etc. If the weapon can cause harm or be mistaken for a real weapon it will not be allowed.

All passes remain the property of the convention, and Kaizoku-con reserves the right to eject anyone from the venue at any time.

Behaviour:

Please respect your fellow attendees. This means asking politely before taking photographs or videos, hugging, 'glomping' or any close contact. No means no and you should respect their wishes. Please behave and act in a civil manner and keep noise down in screenings, panels and workshops.

Any of the following is grounds for removal from the convention:

Physical or verbal harassment of fellow attendees, convention or venue staff.
Any act which could result in substantial risk or harm to people or property.
Sexual misconduct, such as indecent exposure (anything less than a regulation swimsuit). Sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.
Possession of any item defined as a weapon, illegal or not.

18+ Policy:

All 18+ who wish to attend 18+ events will receive a different coloured wristband at the registration desk. You must provide valid photographic identification to obtain your wristband (passport, Garda ID, driver's license etc.) photocopies of such ID will not be accepted. Your wristband will be checked at the door of all 18+ events.
If drinking alcohol it is advised you carry Photo ID as the bar may refuse to serve you.

Harassment/Bullying Policy:

Kaizoku-con has a strict policy on harassment or bullying within the convention. We do not tolerate harassment of panellists, attendees, guests, staff or venue staff. Anyone violating the rules may be ejected from the event without a refund.
Harassment includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or other protected class status, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events and inappropriate physical contact. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
If you feel harassed or unsafe please contact a member of staff or the committee and we will do our best to quickly take care of any issues.

Contact

If you have any questions that were not covered in the FAQs then feel free to contact us through any of the following:

Email address: kaizokucon@gmail.com