Travel tips, giveaways and fan survey

There are just a few weeks to go until the convention – we’re so excited about it and we hope you are too!

A Golden Slipper race is being held on Saturday the 28th of March at Rosehill Gardens, so if you’re thinking of booking accommodation you should do so sooner rather than later. You can use your favourite booking site to find a room, or you can use our booking form for the Holiday Inn Parramatta.

The NSW State Election is also being held on the 28th, so you may want to vote at pre-poll. If you’re voting on the day, the closest polling places are at Parramatta Town Hall or Rowland Hassall School, which will be marked on the map in your showbag. We won’t tell you how to vote, but remember, preferences are very important. 😉

We know you love giveaways so we have some really amazing stuff for you to win this year, especially for our pre-registration giveaway and our competitions for cosplay, fanart sketches and fanfic drabbles. Prizes include Madman online shopping vouchers, Siren Visual DVDs, comics and merchandise by HamletMachine, Emirain and Guilt|Pleasure, and accessories by Mogo&Co. Pre-registering really helps us to plan a better convention experience for you, so please buy your tickets ahead of time if you’re able to do so – it means you can save a few dollars on the ticket price, too.

One of our past attendees is a PhD student who is conducting a study on the legal aspects of anime and manga. If you’re a fan living in Australia aged between 18 and 25, please fill out her survey if you have time to assist with her research. If you have any problems accessing the survey, please email haa670 at uowmail dot edu dot au.

Early bird savings and Friday night details

In case you aren’t already aware, tickets for Room 801: Mile High Club are on sale and you can get a discount if you register before the end of this month.

This year’s social event on Friday the 27th of March is a walking tour of locations around the Sydney CBD that are featured in the Free! anime, followed by a train back to Parramatta and a friendly catchup over drinks. The event is exclusive to our Premium attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Premium tickets are only available until the end of February and are selling steadily, so if you want the full experience of the convention make sure you get in quick.

Thanks to everyone who answered our call for expressions of interest in our last post. We’ve almost finished getting in touch with everyone and our program and trader list are even bigger and better than last year. We’d still like to hear your suggestions for the Swap Meet video playlist and what you’d like to see in a yuri-specific presentation or discussion – get in touch!

Room 801 tickets now on sale

Tickets for Room 801: Mile High Club are now on sale, with early bird discounts available until the end of January.

You can get all the details of our ticket types and pricing on our Tickets page, buy your tickets on Eventbrite, and join us on our Facebook Event. As always, please let anyone know about the convention that you think would be interested!

The convention program is looking great but we still have room for another speaker or two, especially if you’re a yuri fan – contact us if you’re interested. We’re also still on the lookout for video suggestions for the Swap Meet.

Venue, Date and Expressions of Interest

It’s official! Room 801: Mile High Club will be held on 28-29 March 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Parramatta. Registration will be opening this month; if you were a Premium attendee at our first event or if you’re a member of an anime club, stay tuned for details of some special discounts.

As with last year, your suggestions always help us put together a better convention! Expressions of interest are now open for the following:

If you have a general suggestion or just want to send us a message, you can use our contact form at any time.

Please help us out by spreading the word, and consider joining our Facebook event!

It’s really happening…

Room 801 is returning to Sydney in 2015!

We’ve had a good look at what worked and what didn’t for our first event back in February, and we’ve also taken all of your feedback and the results of the attendee survey on board.

The main changes will concentrate our panels and presentations in a single programming stream over the weekend, with screenings and workshops alternating in a secondary room. This leaves us with more space for our traders to show off their amazing wares and, very importantly, more options for everyone at the con to socialise.

Due to some major stuff that’s been happening in the organisers’ lives, we’re moving the event to Parramatta (in central western Sydney). The venue will be very easy to reach via public transport, parking will be easier and there are heaps of accommodation and food options in the area to suit any budget.

So look forward to an official date and venue announcement very soon – we’ll be opening up expressions of interest for volunteers, traders, presenters and activities this month!

Is it really over?!

We can barely believe it, but Room 801: Forbidden Fruit is over!

When we started brainstorming for the con, we wanted to create a really inclusive, educational, inspiring and fun convention that was mature and classy. We feel like we achieved that this weekend, and it sounds like a whole bunch of you feel the same way! What genuinely surprised and delighted us was watching all of you make new friends and discover all sorts of new things.

We’re going to take a break for a few days while we readjust to our normal lives and review how everything went, but if you have any direct feedback please email us or message us on Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook. If you’d rather give us some general or anonymous feedback, we’ll be emailing out surveys to all attendees in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for those.

To get notified of important news including online merchandise sales, our final giveaways and (dare we say it) future events, we highly recommend signing up for our mailing list – we’ll only ever email you about the convention itself, and your details won’t be given to any third parties.

Once again, thank you to absolutely everyone involved… you just helped us make something wonderful happen!

The con so far, plus important info for Sunday

We’ve had an amazing Friday night and Saturday at Room 801, and we’ve received a lot of positive and constructive feedback so far. Everyone seems to be having a great time, which is exactly what we were hoping for! Thank you to our amazing guests and speakers for a day of really engaging, thoughtful and entertaining presentations and discussions… and of course, thank you to our traders, artists and attendees – your passion and enthusiasm is exactly why we love fandom and meeting other fans so much!

If you’re heading in on Sunday, remember that Khursten will be running a fan focus group discussion at 9am in the AV Club room (Wybalena). We have room for about 20 people, so feel free to join in. If you can’t make it because you’re checking out another session or coming to the convention later, just talk to Khursten later in the day or contact her on Twitter and ask her for a questionnaire to fill out instead.

Professional erotica editor Narelle Battersby is still taking bookings for one-one-one pitches and manuscript feedback on your original fiction. She’ll be in the Workshop room from 3:15-4pm so you can either drop by for a chat, or contact her in advance on Twitter or via email at narellebattersby (at) gmail (dot) com.

Just as a reminder, we recommend visiting an ATM on your way to the convention. If you need to drive, Secure Parking on the corner of Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets is the nearest parking lot – their weekend rates are $10 per day, which is great for the CBD. We look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday!