Pop culture convention Rah Con returning to Mandurah | PHOTOS

Colourful pop culture convention Rah Con is returning to Mandurah for another action-packed day. 

The Act-Belong-Commit festival, hosted by will be taking over the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Saturday September 22, 2018 from 10am to 5pm.

The festival promises to covers all facets of fandom including anime, comics, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming.

Festival goers are being ask to dress along the lines of this year’s theme Magic, or just enjoy all things magical at the event. 

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The special guest host will be Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen who was on ABC television program Good Game, How To Be A Fan With Hex and more recently Channel 7’s screenPLAY.

In addition to her passionate love of gaming, Bendixsen also enjoys science fiction, fantasy, collecting swords and figurines and occasionally slinging arrows at her local archery club.

The festival will feature traders selling the latest toys, collectables and pop culture artworks.

Another fun feature to the show, which has been a popular addition in recent years, is the Cosplay Competition which includes awards for Best Beginner Group, Best Advanced Group, Best Beginner Solo, Best Advanced Solo, Performance and Encouragement.

Other fun features include live performances, magic themed panels and a quiz on the main stage, tabletop and video games and anime screenings.

Event coordinator Lee Kennedy said the last Rah Con attracted more than 800 attendees.

“It makes it one of the most successful pop culture conventions in WA outside of the major touring conventions, and has attracted people as far as Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton,” he said. 

“This year’s Facebook Event page has almost 1,700 people at the time of writing, either down as interested or going this year.”

Kennedy said the event had been “successful beyond expectations”. 

“The event started at a City of Mandurah Youth Development event and was intended to be just a small event at the Billy Dower Youth Centre, with an expectation of 100 or less people,” she said.

“The event was upgraded to a larger event at Mandurah Convention Centre and ended up attracting 750 people, well above our expectations.”

In addition to Bendixsen hosting, Kennedy said magician Pierre Ulric would be performing to complement the 2018 theme.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or by calling 9550 3900.

For more information visit: www.rahconvention.com or www.manpac.com.au.