Down Under L Convention in Australia – Cancelled
If you haven’t heard yet, here’s some really sad and disappointing news for L word Convention goers. The first ever Down Under L Convention in Sydney that was supposed to take place in January 2010 was recently cancelled. The association made the decision a few days ago due to the lack of tickets sale and the lack of support from the Australian community.
The emails were sent to everyone who bought their tickets and here’s an official announcement on the Convention website:
Dear L Word Down Under Convention Ticket Purchasers,
Due to the lack of tickets sales for the L Word Down Under Convention, United L Events Inc. is regrettably cancelling the event. Please note that ticket holders will have their refunds automatically processed within 5 days of the cancellation (excluding booking fees) and in accordance with the ‘Terms and Conditions’ stated as follows: “In the event of cancellation of the event only the face value of the ticket will be refunded”. We apologize for any inconvenience and request for your patience and thank you for your understanding with this process. For any enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As sad and disappointing the news of cancellation is, things like that happens time to time. I remember two years ago there was a German QAF/TLW Convention announced but it was also cancelled due to the lack of tickets sold. Laurel Holloman was the only cast member from The L Word scheduled to attend.
It’s probably really hard for the first time convention organizers to take to the account everything that is necessary to run a successful convention. The Down Under Convention was promising and great. They announced eight guests and had a mystery guest lined up, lots of wonderful activities and entertainment scheduled. It was also a great opportunity for Australian fans of the show to have a Convention in their neck of the woods, especially for those who couldn’t afford to go all the way to England.
So far, we haven’t yet heard from the cast members who were scheduled to appear, except for Laurel Holloman. She posted on her twitter account a message to Janina Gavankar, saying “no aussie C, bummer”.
I know a few people who had already bought their plane tickets, so they decided to go to Sydney anyway and enjoy their vacation because, let’s face it, Australia is a wonderful and beautiful country to visit and there are plenty of places to sightsee and enjoy.
The news was sad but don’t despair because it’s not the end of the L Word Conventions. There’s still L7 happening next June in Birmingham, England and you can check out the updates here http://discussion.l-word.com/viewtopic.php?t=16794&start=30
There’s also a possibility of L Word/QAF Convention in Paris sometime in September/October 2010. If you would like to see Laurel Holloman and Erin Daniels in Paris who attended the previous Paris Convention, you can vote here . If you want to see anyone else, vote here .
The organizers implied that Jennifer Beals and Gale Harold would be the obvious winners so they are not included in the voting list, because if they can get them for the Convention, they would. Since the chances to get Jennifer Beals to attend are slim, the Convention organizers offer other choices from both “Queer as Folk” and “The L Word”.
We will keep you updated on the upcoming L Word Conventions so watch our site for any information or changes.