The inevitable has happened and organisers of AireCon, one of the UK’s largest analog gaming festivals have confirmed the cancellation of the 2021 event.

Set to take place 16-18 April at Harrogate Convention Centre, today organisers confirmed the cancellation of this year’s event due to the Covid pandemic.

Whereas many events have gone digital over the past 12 months, the team has decided not to put on a virtual event as they don’t feel it’s a good fit for the festival.

We’re big fans of AireCon here, having visited in 2020 and 2019. In fact, the 2020 event was our last outing before lockdown hit. The main ethos behind AireCon is to get people meeting others and playing games. Over the course of last year’s event, we met so many fantastic people; from developers right through to fellow gamers. A virtual event just wouldn’t have the same feel as the physical one, so we completely understand the decision not to try and replicate the programme online.

That said, the team is launching AireCan’t to mark the passing of this year’s event. While it’s not a virtual expo, people are being encouraged to spend the weekend (16-18 April) gaming with their friends, family and household (lockdown permitting).

So, how do you get invoved?

  • Show what you’re playing on social media using #airecant.
  • Join the AireCon Community arrange games with others and let the team know what you’re up to.
  • Use the AireCon Buy and Sell group to buy and/or sell secondhand games.
  • Visit the exhibitors listed during the weekend, some of them will have fab offers or discount codes.
  • Visit the board game media sites listed during the weekend, you can pretend you’re at a seminar!
  • Join the team for a quiz at 8pm on Friday 16 April (details to follow).
  • Join the team for the annual Charity Giveaway Event on Saturday 17 April (details to follow).
  • Buy AireCan’t related merch from our Redbubble store.

There will be a special dedicated AireCan’t website going live on Friday 16 April at airecon.co.uk. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for more details. If you’ve already purchased tickets to this year’s AireCon, refunds are being processed automatically so you don’t have to do anything.

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