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The UK’s friendliest “geekfest”, Nine Worlds, returns with a new West London venue and even more to do
Now in its fourth year, Nine Worlds has grown into one of the UK’s most exciting fan events. Covering movies, literature, TV, gaming, science, animation and more, it’s a wildly diverse event that caters for every taste. We talked to event director Daniel Johnston to find out more.
How would you sum up the Nine Worlds ethos?
Maximal inclusivity. We don’t think some interests are legitimate and others not – if you’re passionate about it, then that’s good. As a result, we run a diverse slate of content: 350 panels, workshops and performances covering 35 subject areas last year. We also work hard to make the convention inclusive of groups that are marginalised elsewhere – straight white cis men are welcome, but they’re not the majority at Nine Worlds.
How has the event changed this year?
We’ve changed the content structure. We’re grouping things into nine themes and opening up session- organising to more people and more individual subjects.
And you’re in a new venue, correct?
Yes. Hammersmith is a lot more central and easier for Londoners and people using public transport to get to, and there are more options for food and accommodation.
What can you tell us about the new expo?
We’ve always had vendors, but this is our first year with a separate expo. The hall’s just the right size to get a good mix of vendors, exhibitors and social space, plus we’ll have all of the convention signings in there.
What have been some of the highlights of past events? Mine include a wedding proposal on stage in 2014; Miltos Yerolemou’s brilliant swordplay workshops ( left); a fireside chat between Rhianna Pratchett and Cara Ellison; a discussion on sex work in Game Of Thrones with a panel made up of sex workers; and last year’s room- sized Sunday night blanket fort.
Nine Worlds takes place 12- 14 August at Novotel London West. https:// nine worlds. co. uk; www.facebook.com/thenineworlds; @ London_ Geekfest
Date 12- 14 August
location Novotel London West Guardians 2 on location?
You too can be like Errol Flynn/ Kylo Ren after one of these workshops.