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September 1, 2017

Umicon is coming – check here for all the important dates!

Umicon is only six months away. Check here for a list of all the important dates regarding programming and volunteer worker applications, the Dealers’ Den and Artists’ Alley, as well as our programming and ticket sales.

Programming and volunteer worker applications

Our programming and volunteer worker applications open on Monday, September 4th at 12 noon. Applications are open until Monday, October 30th 12 noon. More information on programming applications can be found through our Offer Programme page, and information on volunteer worker applications can be found through our Volunteering at Umicon page.

Programming hosts will receive:

  • Entry ticket for the full weekend (worth 40 €)
  • Floor accommodation from Friday to Sunday if needed
  • A warm meal on the day when program is
  • Access to snacks and service at the staff break room (Greenroom)

Our volunteer workers will receive:

  • Entry ticket for the full weekend (worth 40 €)
  • Floor accommodation from Friday to Sunday if needed
  • A warm meal on a workday
  • Access to snacks and service at the staff break room (Greenroom)
  • A treat provided by Manga Cafe
  • A staff T-shirt

Dealers’ Den and Artists’ Alley

Our Dealers’ Den is located in the Logomo main hall near the main entrances, and will be divided into six (6) segments. We offer sales areas for 240 € + VAT (alv.) 24%. The price includes a 4 square metre sales area, two chairs and a table. Additional squares cost 60 € + VAT 24% per square. Every 4 square metre area includes an extra table and chairs if needed.

More information on the Dealers’ Den as well as information on how to reserve a space can be found on our Corporate Sales page.

Our Artists’ Alley is located in the Logomo halls Logi 1 and 2. Artists’ Alley seats will be available for reservation on Friday, September 22nd at 12 noon at the SCT Ltd. online store. There will be no separate portfolio application process for the Artists’ Alley; instead, seats are given out in order of reservation. A seat at the Artists’ Alley costs 75 € (inc. VAT 24 %), and it includes a weekend ticket to Umicon, a table, and a chair.

For more information on our Artists’ Alley can be found on our Artists’ Alley page.

Programming and ticket sales

Our first guest of honor, Arina Tanemura, was announced at Animecon! You can read more about Arina Tanemura on our Guests of Honor page. In addition to her, Umicon will feature two other special guests arriving all the way from Japan.

Ticket sales begin on Friday, September 22nd at 12 noon with our Early Bird weekend tickets, which are on sale only until Friday, November 11th. Early Bird weekend tickets are 36.80 € (inc. VAT 10 % and a service fee of 1.80 €) per ticket (orig. 41.80 €). Tickets are sold through Lippu.fi.

Additionally, we’d like to announce that all children under the age of 13 will receive free entry to the event if accompanied by a legal adult in possession of a valid entry ticket. For more information on this ticket, please refer to our Ticket sales page.

We’ll be announcing more guests of honor and programming before ticket sales begin!

September 4, 2017

Applications for programme and volunteers are open!

Applications for programme and volunteers are now open. Applications close on Monday 30th of October at 12.00. We’ll inform the applicants of the choices before the 5th of November. More information on programming applications can be found through our Offer Programme page, and information on volunteer worker applications can be found through our Volunteering at Umicon page.

Here’s links to the application forms:

Application for volunteering at Umicon
Application for offer programme

Programming hosts will receive:

  • Entry ticket for the full weekend (worth 40 €)
  • Floor accommodation from Friday to Sunday if needed
  • A warm meal on the day when program is
  • Access to snacks and service at the staff break room (Greenroom)

Our volunteer workers will receive:

  • Entry ticket for the full weekend (worth 40 €)
  • Floor accommodation from Friday to Sunday if needed
  • A warm meal on a workday
  • Access to snacks and service at the staff break room (Greenroom)
  • A treat provided by Manga Cafe
  • A staff T-shirt

For any further questions about volunteer programming at Umicon, please contact us at ohjelma@umicon.fi

For any further questions about volunteering at Umicon, please contact us at tyovoima@umicon.fi

For any further questions about volunteering at our security personnel, please contact us at turva@umicon.fi

September 15, 2017

Umicon tickets go on sale next week!

Umicon ticket sales will begin in a week on Friday, 22nd of September at 12 noon. Both weekend tickets and Artists’ Alley seats will be available for purchase at this time.

Early Bird weekend tickets

Umicon offers the chance to buy an Early Bird weekend ticket, which is a more affordable pre-sale ticket sold during September 22nd – November 10th. Early Bird weekend tickets cost 36.80 € (inc. VAT 10 % + service fee of 1.80 €) per ticket.

Weekend tickets will go on sale on November 11th for the regular price of 41.80 € (inc. VAT 10 % + service fee of 1.80 €) per ticket. Tickets will be sold through Lippu.fi.

We would also like to remind our visitors that one child under the age of 13 will receive free entry to the event if accompanied by a legal adult in possession of a valid entry ticket.

More information on our tickets can be found through our Tickets page.

Artists’ Alley

Artists’ Alley seats will be available for purchase along with weekend tickets on Friday, September 22nd at 12 noon. Artists’ Alley seats will be handed out in order of reservation instead of a separate portfolio application.

A seat at the Artists’ Alley costs 75 € (inc. VAT 24 %). The price includes a weekend ticket to Umicon, a table, and a chair. Tickets will be sold through the SCT Ltd. online store.

You are able to share a seat at Artist Alley! In a case like this, one of the artists will be buying the table space and their companion(s) will buy themselves a normal convention ticket. When that's done they will be notifying Artist Alley representative (taidekuja@umicon.fi) about the artist(s) they’re sharing a seat with.

More information on our Artists’ Alley can be found through our Artists’ Alley page.

Dealers’ Den

Vendor spaces for the Dealers’ Den are now available! The area is located right in the lobby of the venue. We offer vendor space for the price of 240 € + VAT 24 %; the price includes a 4 square meter sales area, a table, and two chairs.

You can purchase extra square meters for your vendor space for 60 € + VAT 24 % per square meter. Each 4 square meters include an additional table and chairs if so requested.

More information on the Dealers’ Den and reservation information can be found through our Corporate Sales page.

In addition to Arina Tanemura, Umicon will be attended by other guests of honor! We will announce the rest of the names before the beginning of ticket sales on Friday, 22nd of September at 10 a.m.

September 20, 2017

About our upcoming programme!

We have just announced more Finnish programme to our website, but what about the ones in English?

Programme

Our programming ranges from presentations, panels, and workshops to concerts – and of course guest of honor programming featuring our Japanese guests. The majority of our programming follows the theme of our event, namely Japanese games, comics and animation, i.e. manga and anime.

We will be announcing English friendly and universal programming to our website once our programme schedule is complete. Full programme schedule will be announced later in the fall.

If you are interested, check out Umicon’s Finnish programming and programme descriptions through our Julkaistua ohjelmaa -page.

Programme and volunteer worker applications

Did you know that applications for programming and volunteer workers are now open? Applications can be sent in until Monday, 31st of October at 12 noon. We will notify all chosen applicants by Sunday, 5th of November. In addition to volunteer workers we are looking for security personnel and programming hosts. All workers and programming hosts will receive benefits in exchange for their efforts.

More information on volunteer worker applications can be found through our Volunteering at Umicon page and information on hosting programming can be found through our Offer Programme page.

Apply to host programming here!
Apply to be a volunteer worker here!

Please note that Umicon’s tickets go on sale on Friday, 22nd of September at 12 noon. We offer Early Bird weekend tickets for a discount price of 36.80 € (inc. VAT 10 % and a service fee of 1.80 €) per ticket.
Find out more through our Ticket sale page

September 22, 2017

Introducing our guests of honor!

A total of four guests of honor will be visiting Umicon! With great joy and privilege we welcome these artists, each notable in their respective fields, to our event. Read more about who they are!

Itaru Hinoue


Hinoue is an Art Director and illustrator from Osaka. She is also one of the founding members of the VisualArts studio Key. Visual novel gamers and anime fans are sure to recognize her from works such as Air, Clannad, and Kanon, where she worked as an Art Director and illustrator.

Kumi Tanioka

Hailing from Hiroshima, Tanioka Kumi is not only a skilled pianist but also a video game composer whose music is notable for combining various instruments from all over the world. Her greatest love is the piano, which is why the majority of all piano parts in her songs are played by Tanioka herself.

Reika

After receiving such a great response from the Finnish cosplay crowd at Animecon, REIKA returns as our guest – this time bringing along her most spectacular video game themed costumes. Of course, she’s also in for the Finnish winter!

For more information on our guests of honor and their programming at the event, please continue to our Guests of Honor page.

September 22, 2017

Our tickets are now up!

Weekend tickets are sold by lippu.fi and Artists’ Alley tickets are sold at the SCT Ltd. online store. Links to each ticket store are now published on our Ticket sale page and on our Artists’ Alley page, as well as on our social media accounts: Facebook and Twitter.

September 28, 2017

Greetings from our guests of honor!

During the months of September and October, messages sent to you by our guests of honor will be published every Thursday here on our website. If you’re still unfamiliar with our Japanese guests Tanemura, Hinoue, Tanioka and REIKA, you can read more about them on our Guests of Honor page.

Message from Tanemura

At Umicon, Tanemura will participate in talk show and autograph signing session.
If there’s anything you’d like to know about Tanemura or her career, submit your questions here.

In a week there’ll be another message from one of our guests of honor!

Soon you’ll have the chance to send your own questions to our guests of honour.
We will publish the question submission forms on Sunday, October 1st at 12 noon.

October 1, 2017

Send your question to our guests of honor!

If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to find out about our guests of honor, here’s your chance! Send us these questions and make them part of Umicon’s guest interviews!

Q&A - Questions and answers

Each guest will star in their own talk show, where you have the chance of hearing answers to all the great questions that might weigh on your mind. You can ask f.ex. about the guests themselves, questions about their careers, or some particular detail about their field of work.

Umicon’s guest of honor question forms are available from Oct 1st, 2017 until Nov 11th, 2017. You may submit as many questions as you’d like. We will later compose an interview based on the questions, which will be featured in the talk show.

We will only accept questions submitted in advance in order to ensure the flow of the programme. There will therefore be no microphone passed into the audience itself. So choose your guests and have your say in the guest of honor programming!

Submit your questions for Arina Tanemura here!
Submit your questions for Itaru Hinoue here!
Submit your questions for Kumi Tanioka here!
Submit your questions for REIKA here!

October 5, 2017

Greetings from our guests of honor!

More greetings from our guests of honor! On this page we’ll publish greetings sent by our guests of honor, which have been translated into English. If you’re still unfamiliar with our Japanese guests Tanemura, Hinoue, Tanioka and REIKA, you can read more about them on our Guests of honor page.

Message from Hinoue

At Umicon, Hinoue will be participating in an autograph signing session as well as a talk show.
If there’s anything in specific you’d like to ask from Hinoue, submit your questions here.

There’ll be another message from one of our guests of honor in a week!

October 19, 2017

Greetings from our guests of honour!

After a week-long break, our guest of honor greeting messages are back! We’ll be publishing one more message from our guests on our webpage. The previous translated greeting messages can be found in our News category. If you’re still unfamiliar with our Japanese guests Tanemura, Hinoue, Tanioka and REIKA, you can read more about them on our Guests of Honor page.

Message from Tanioka

At Umicon, you can enjoy Tanioka’s company in the form of a talk show as well as an autograph signing session.
You can send in suggestions for Tanioka’s talk show questions here.

You can meet our guests of honor face to face at Umicon!
Our Early Bird ticket pre-sale has now reached its halfway point. You can buy a weekend ticket until November 10th for a discounted price of 36.80 € (inc. VAT 10 % + service fee) per ticket. For more information, see our Ticket sale page.

October 26, 2017

Video game music concert!

Our visitors will have the chance to enjoy legendary video game music performed by Dreamferno!

Dreamferno

Dreamferno is a four-piece symphonic rock band from Savonia with performances full of energy and captivating attitude. Dreamferno has released one LP and EP consisting entirely of original material. For Umicon the band has arranged music from legendary video games, so don’t miss out on the experience of this unique gig!

The video game music concert will have its own programming slot at the event, filled with covers from well known games. Make sure to also follow us on social media through our Facebook page and Twitter account, as we may announce parts of the setlist in advance.

Make yourself familiar with the rest of our programming through our Published Programme page.

Programme and volunteer worker applications

Our programme and volunteer worker applications will remain open until the Monday of next week, October 30th, at 12 noon. We will notify all selected applicants by Sunday, 5th of November.
More information on volunteer worker applications can be found through the Volunteering at Umicon? page and programming through the Offer Programme page.

Apply to host programming here!
Apply to be a volunteer worker here!
Apply to be part of our volunteer security team here!

Questions for our guests of honor

There’s still time to make your mark on our guest of honor talk shows by submitting questions. The question forms will be available until Wednesday, November 1st, at 12 noon.

All links to the question forms can be found through our Guests of Honor page.

October 30, 2017

Floor accommodation tickets go on sale on Friday!

Umicon visitors now have the chance to buy an affordable floor accommodation ticket for the duration of the event.

Floor accommodation

Floor accommodation tickets can be purchased for all-weekend accommodation at Umicon, at the location of a nearby school (Rieskalähteen koulu). The school is within 1.9 km distance of the venue. Arrivals begin on Friday and the premises must be vacated on Sunday morning. You must bring your own sleeping bag, mattress, pillow etc.

Accommodation tickets go on sale on Friday, 3rd of November at 12 noon at our webstore and cost 25.00 € (inc. VAT 10 % + service fee) per ticket.

More information can be found on our Accommodation page.

Early Bird weekend tickets are available for a discounted price until Friday 10th of November. Get your ticket for a cheaper price at Lippu.fi!

November 16, 2017

Programme schedule!

The programme schedule for the event has now been published! From panels to workshops, now’s your chance to get familiar with all programming at Umicon so you can plan your convention weekend well ahead.

Programming per category

At our two-day event, we offer programming for various categories and viewers. Different categories are highlighted in the programming through color-coding. Additionally, each programme has been listed per on category on their respective webpages. In other words, if you are interested in f.ex. all available gaming programming, you will find all programme descriptions neatly under the same headline.
For the time being, our programme schedule is only available in Finnish. English-speaking and universal programmes will be listed as soon as possible!

Access our programme schedule here.

  • Access our guests of honor programming here.
  • Access our gaming related programming here.
  • Access our anime and manga related programming here.
  • Access our cosplay related programming here.
  • Access our music related and other programming here.
  • Access our workshops here.

Umicon weekend tickets are now on sale for the normal price of 41.80 € (inc. VAT 10 % + service fee) per ticket. Read more through our Tickets page.

An additional thank you to everyone who sent in volunteer applications, you have now been e-mailed regarding your application. Our security team applications are still open for the time being. You can apply to be part of the security team here.

November 21, 2017

Get to know our upcoming cosplay contests!

Cosvision ry is hosting two cosplay contests at our event: a costume contest and a photoshoot contest.

Costume contest

The costume contest is a solo cosplay contest. The winner will be selected based on the costume they have personally created. There is no performance in this contest. The contestants can choose one of two categories upon signing up: advanced or beginner.

Photoshoot contest

The photoshoot contest is a photography contest for the collaborative works of a cosplay model and their photographer.

Signups for both contests are open between January 2nd – 31st, 2018. The day of the contest is Sunday.
All participants of the costume contest will receive a free entry ticket to the event on the day of the competition. It can be updated into a full weekend ticket for the price of 20 €.

Find out more about the contests by reading the rules and signup information at our Cosplay contest page.

Any questions? Get in contact via info@cosvision.fi

January 25, 2018

Bring your glow sticks and let’s head to the night rave!

Umicon will be hosting a night rave during the night of Saturday and Sunday.
Whether it’s below freezing outside, this party is sure to bring on the heat!

Get ready to become a floorkiller at this 18+ party with your choice of music from two different stages: anime and video game songs, or the biggest dance hits from the 90s. The tunes are brought to you by the DJs of Voema, Millenium, Pump Up the 90s, and Club Infektio.

The night rave is held on Saturday 24th of Feb from 8 pm. to 4 a.m. at Skärgårdsbaren - Saaristobaari.

Read more on our Night Rave page.

February 22, 2018

Stay warm!

Greetings to our lovely visitors! February is the heart of Finnish winter, which means sunny but cold weather. The daytime forecast for the weekend is estimated at around -10°C temperatures. ❄

Please make sure you dress warm when arriving to and leaving the event! At the venue, you can make use of the cloakroom for clothing and larger items, as well as the dressing rooms. Please don’t arrive wearing only your cosplay costume, unless you can also dress according to the weather. It is advised to change into your costume at the venue, after which you can freely go and enjoy the event!

Remember to take care of washing your hands throughout the event and not to cough or sneeze towards others. There are some germs around, so lets try and keep them from spreading.