It won’t be held around Mardi Gras this time, but the good news is that Australia’s first queer gaming festival — GX Australia — is making a comeback, provided the Kickstarter campaign gets over the line.
The organisers behind GX Australia have announced via an update to their original Kickstarter that they will be launching a second crowdfunding campaign for GX Australia in 2017.
Provided it gets enough support, the event will be held on April 29-30 at Sydney Showground. It’s the same place where EB Expo is held every year, which is far less central to Sydney’s CBD than the Australian Technology Park in Redfern.
That said, the change of date and venue has supposedly given organisers a lot more options, something that was outlined in the update to backers:
Why the date change? GX Australia needs to be as accessible as possible to attendees, and unfortunately the date this year made that difficult as accomodation etc. was more expensive than usual due to the activity around Mardi Gras. As much as we loved being a part of Mardi Gras, it makes more sense for us to step outside and find our own space during the year, where we aren’t conflicting with other events, to make it easier for everyone all-around!
The organisers have also asked users to send in short videos outlining what they loved about the event this year before September 10, and that the Kickstarter campaign for GX Australia 2017 will go live before the end of September.
They also outlined a range of changes for next year’s event, including a bigger focus on tabletop gaming, cheaper ticket prices for attendees, a smaller exhibition hall, more activities, and options for food — although having been to Sydney Showground multiple times, the food situation isn’t going to be fantastic even if there’s a lot more of it.
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