The first edition of the event organized from 27 to 28 May – Funcon 2023 – by Just for fun in joint venture with GL events Italia and in collaboration with Piacenza Expo, where pop culture was celebrated and promoted, closed with 5,000 visitors. Among the partners of this first appointment with the fair Arci gay Piacenza, Gay Pride Piacenza, Ora Pro Comics, Lega Esport, Cospa Family, Radio Sound Piacenza 24, Trenitalia Tper.
Two days concentrated in pavilion 1 of Piacenza Expo where fans of comics, manga, cosplay, games and videogames gathered.
Between Saturday and Sunday of the last weekend in May, 35 events involved the public, including concerts, cosplay competitions, karaoke, exhibitions, k-pop dance competitions, workshops and meet&greets with authors and influencers.
A good response in particular for the two key events of Funcon 2023: the concert of the king of TV acronyms of the 90s and 2000s Giorgio Vanni (Saturday 27) and that of the irreverent and demented Gem Boy. This last event made the audience sing to the tune of their parody covers of cartoon theme songs.
While in the space of the Ora Pro Comics cultural association, many sketches and personalized drawings for the public, created by guest authors Paolo Bisi, Pietro Gandolfi, Michele Carminati, Anna Merli and Nicola Genzianella.
The exhibition dedicated to Ade Capone was also appreciated, with 60 original plates dedicated to the historic cartoonist originally from Piacenza, who died in 2015.
Activities for all tastes
Funcon 2023 https://www.funcon.it in its first edition also saw the second stage of the national contest K-Stage Battle League. That is, the K-pop dance competition aimed at soloists, duets and crews, which made its debut in April at Turin Comics and which will touch other stages in Italy during 2023.
Excellent turnout in the videogames area. Here hundreds of kids took turns playing on various consoles, from Nintendo to Microsoft, trying out virtual reality viewers or taking part in dance competitions with Just Dance and musical challenges with Guitar hero.
Appreciation also for the family area, play space, activities and creativity dedicated to younger children who were able to have fun with constructions, colors and sheets for drawing.
The appointment with the next amusement fair is for 2024, again at Piacenza Expo.