On the eve of VidCon’s seventh annual Southern California edition, kicking off at the Anaheim Convention Center tomorrow, the producers of the event announced this morning that it will be taking the online video conference global next year with VidCon Europe at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre (April 8–9, 2017) and VidCon Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Sept. 9–10, 2017).
“The growth of online video, and the ability for creators like myself to have such enjoyable careers, is due to a passionate and engaged community that is truly global,” said Hank Green, who co-founded VidCon with his brother, author and vlogger John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Paper Towns”). “We are excited that we can bring the VidCon experience to Europe and Australia, where the fan and creator communities are so strong and truly thriving.”
VidCon’s initial international forays are each expected to attract 7,500 fans and creators over the course of two days, a more modest number than the three-day Southern California edition, which drew 19,500 attendees in 2015.
Like the flagship Anaheim event, VidCon Europe and VidCon Australia will feature keynotes, breakout panels, performances, an exhibit floor and a signing hall where fans can meet their favorite online video creators, as well as opportunities for local and global brands to engage with the fans and creators in attendance.
Amsterdam was chosen for VidCon Europe due to its centralized location and easy access via plane, rail and car, relative to the large pockets of online video fans across Western Europe, while Melbourne was chosen due to its large concentration of online video fans, and the support of Melbourne Convention Bureau.