Matsucon is a new anime convention held on the 4th and 5th of March, 2017 in Oulu, Finland. It’s organised by Pohjoisten conien kyhääjät, a.k.a. Pocky ry.
The “matsu” in the name of the convention is written with the kanji for pine (松), but it could also mean “festival”, written with the kanji (祭).
The event is held at the Pohjankartano School (Suvantokatu 1). The railway and bus stations are a short walk away from the venue (approx. 500m).
Matsucon has something for everyone: lectures and panel discussions on various topics relating to anime, manga, cosplay and other Japanese popular culture, cosplay competitions, an Artists’ Alley and a flea market, meet-ups organized by fans of different series, and much more to see!
You can find the entire programme at http://matsucon.fi/ohjelma/ (in Finnish).
One-day ticket: 5€ in advance, 7€ at the door
Whole weekend: 10€ in advance, 12€ at the door
Tickets can be bought at https://kompassi.eu/events/matsucon2017 or at the Turun Sarjakuvakauppa store in Cultural Centre Valve (Hallituskatu 7).
If the event is sold out, no tickets will be sold at the door.
Advance ticket sales will end on 26th of February.
Matsucon collaborates with three hotels during the con weekend, all about 1 km from the convention venue.
Hotel Cumulus Oulu (Kajaaninkatu 17) offers Matsucon visitors a –15% discount for reservations when using the code “MATSUCON”. The prize includes breakfast, sauna and access to the pool. Reservations can be made at https://booking.restel.fi/en/index.html.
Forenom Aparthotel Oulu (Uusikatu 26) offers two-person rooms for 66€/day with the code “MATSUCON”. Reservations can be made at http://search.forenom.com/aparthotels/forenom-aparthotel-oulu-uusikatu/3452?lang=en.
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Breakfast can be reserved for an additional price of 9,50€/person. Breakfast is served at the nearby Café Makia (approx. 150m from the hotel).
Sokos Hotel Arina (Pakkahuoneenkatu 16) offers the following discounts when using the code “BMATSUCON”:
- single room 79€/night
- two-person room 94€/night
- two-person room with an extra bed 109€/night
The price includes breakfast, sauna and gym access. Reservations can be made at https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/oulu/sokos-hotel-arina.
You can also stay the night at the Pohjankartano School in the provided dormitory spaces for the price of 5€ (breakfast + 3€) when you are purchasing the tickets at https://kompassi.eu/events/matsucon2017. Breakfast consists of bread, yogurt, porridge and tea, coffee or juice. The yogurt and coffee milk are lactose free. However, unfortunately we cannot tend to other special dietary needs.
This accommodation is only available for the night between the 4th and the 5th. Please note that you have to bring your own mattress, pillow and sleeping bag.
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