Concept

CONvergence

Summary
CONvergence is an annual multi-genre fan convention. This all-volunteer, fan-run convention is primarily for enthusiasts of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media. Their motto is "where science fiction and reality meet". It is one of the most-attended conventions of its kind in North America, with approximately 6,000 paid members in some years. The 2023 convention was held across four days at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The convention is known for several attractions, which are available to members throughout the event. The CONvergence Art Show offers items created by artists around the country. Some are available for a live auction or silent auction. The Artists Alley provides space for artists to offer commissioned art. The Dealers Room features a larger number of vendors selling crafts, apparel, or collectibles. The Charity Auction funds community activities provided by the Geek Partnership Society. Official CONvergence merchandise is available with branded goods and commemorative event apparel. The convention is known for its themed room parties hosted by community and fan groups. Each party room is unique from one another, each with varied themes. The walls of the convention are usually plastered with advertisements for different parties. Space Lounge presents a futuristic space-themed entertainment venue with music, entertainment, and sensory refreshments. Several spaces for gaming are available at CONvergence, with options for board games, card games, and roleplaying games. The gaming area offers LAN-based gaming, tabletop gaming, and Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator, among other things. The CONvergence Teen Room is available for members between 13 and 20 years old. Harmonic CONvergence features live music, spoken word, burlesque, and comedy. Cinema Rex is a couch- and sofa-filled movie room. Running popular movies, short films, and film festivals, Cinema Rex provides drinks, popcorn, candy, and other refreshments. Theater Nippon presents a series of classic and modern anime with free drinks and candy.
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