VidCon Australia confirmed to return in 2018 after massive debut
Thousands of fans, creators, and industry professionals turn out to celebrate online video
Wednesday 20 September 2017, Melbourne, Australia — VidCon Australia has been confirmed for a return to Melbourne in 2018 after its phenomenally successful debut at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this month. Details on the 2018 VidCon Australia will be released in the coming months.
A multitude of eager fans flocked to the event to see their favourite online video creators on stage, with thousands having the chance to meet their idols in person at VidCon’s Meet and Greet events. Hundreds of digital content creators attended, along with industry professionals and business people aiming to forge new connections with each other and the next generation of internet stars.
International YouTube stars including Hank Green, Tyler Oakley, and Grace Helbig rubbed shoulders with local video creators such as Ann Reardon of How to Cook That and The Katering Show’s Kate McClennan and Kate McCartney. These digital-age celebrities spoke on panels, held meet-and-greets with their fans, created fresh video content on the show floor, and much more. This frenzy of activity from attendees, creators and stars turned VidCon Australia into a trending Twitter topic, in addition to driving countless views, comments, and reactions across a variety of social platforms.
VidCon’s celebration of digital video started long before last weekend, with several community events inspiring the community to get involved and have fun well in advance of the event. The VidCon Scavenger Hunt invited fans to share videos and photos from around Melbourne to score free tickets. The VidContest got the creators involved by challenging them to submit short, attention-grabbing videos under a minute long in the #ImACreator hashtag.
Talented Melbourne video creator Beth Blvd took first prize in the VidContest with a stunning work of video art. Her short film was featured on the main stage at VidCon Australia, and she also took home a swag of other prizes.
“I walked out onto the mainstage in a room of like-minded people who love creating and watching others create. I got to bask for a minute in the lights and the nerves,” Beth said after the show. “I’m so honoured to be a part of this wonderful community.”
VidCon CEO Jim Louderback said, “We here at VidCon want to extend our deepest thanks to Australia and to the wonderful city of Melbourne for making us feel so welcome. It was incredibly exciting to see creators, fans and the industry from all over the world converge on your beautiful city to share their passion for online video. After such a vibrant and positive event, we really had no choice: we just had to commit to running it again in 2018. See you next year, Melbourne!”
The VidCon team are eager to hear feedback from attendees about their favourite parts of the event, and also suggestions for how to make next year’s sophomore show even better. They can be contacted Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and email at [email protected].
VidCon owns and operates the world’s largest events for and about the online video community. Each VidCon assembles fans, veteran and amateur creators, working professionals, and industry thought-leaders who gather to celebrate the online video ecosystem. The original VidCon, now renamed VidCon US, was founded by Hank and John Green. Total attendance has grown from 1,400 in 2010 to over 31,000 in 2017. VidCon Europe debuted in Amsterdam in April 2017, and in September 2017 the inaugural VidCon Australia brought together in Melbourne thousands of people who love and contribute to the vibrant culture surrounding online video.
Alison Riley, Communications Manager