Practical information

Q: Where?

A: Boligmappa Arena Larvik

Q: When?

A: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th of October 2018

Our opening times are:

  • Friday - 17:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday - 11:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday - 11:00 - 17:00


Tickets will be available from the 1st of May, just click here or on the Tickets button in the navigation header.

We have three categories of tickets. All prices include taxes.

  • 6 to 12 years: 275 NOK
  • 12 years and over: 530 NOK
  • Family deal: 220 NOK pr. person - Must be at least one adult and one child between 6 and 12 years. Maximum two adults.
  • Children of 5 years or younger go free accompanied by an adult.
These prices are for the entire weekend. For day passes go to https://banzaicon.hoopla.no/sales/2741311978.

Q: How many tickets are there?

A: We sell a maximum of 1500 tickets.

Q: Can I buy a ticket at the door?

A: If there are still free tickets on the day you can buy tickets at the door. We do however recommend buying your ticket online before the event, to be sure to have a spot if we get sold out, and to avoid unnecessary queuing.


It will be possible to purchase accommodations passes for our dormitory in Framhallen, which lies in immediate vicinity of the convention itself. Framhallen has showers and wardrobes which will be made available to those who purchase accommodation passes. To make things easier for all our guests we've compiled a short list of essentials to bring when using our dormitory.

Accommodation passes will cost 325 NOK.

What to bring:

  • Something to sleep on. We recommend an air mattress or a camping bed. Keep in mind that air mattresses with manual pumps are very exhausting to inflate.
  • Something to sleep in. We recommend sleeping bags as they are far more practical to transport when travelling. A pillow is also a good idea to avoid stiff necks and headaches.
  • A pyjamas or some other comfortable clothing to sleep in.
  • A towel, soap and shampoo for showering.
  • Deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Q: Hotels

Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic

Keep in mind, these prices are per night and not per person, meaning that you can divide the price by the amount of people in your group to find what each of you will be paying.

  • Single room: 1040 NOK per night.
  • Double/twin room: 1140 NOK per night for 1, 1240 NOK per night for 2. An additional 300 NOK per extra bed in case you are 3 or more in your group.

Booking is done either by e-mail cc.atlantic@choice.no or by phone +47 33 42 81 50. Use the code GR004520. The offer is valid until the 23rd of September.

Quality Hotel Grand Farris

We have reserved Quality Hotel Grand Farris for Banzaicon guests during the entire weekend. To make room reservations please contact the hotel by e-mail q.grand.farris@choice.no or by telephone +47 33 19 69 00

Prices are per person per night and include breakfast buffet and free WIFI.

  • Room with one bed: 1050 NOK
  • Room with two beds: 850 NOK
  • Room with three beds: 700 NOK

Farris Bad

To book rooms at Farris Bad using the Banzicon coupon code please go to http://bit.ly/banzaifarris

Q: Food and drink

A: At an event like Banzaicon it’s important to eat and drink to keep one's energy up. With our busy schedule it’s easy to forget, but thankfully our cafe has a tempting selection of food, drinks and snacks to keep you both happy and energized without spending too much money.

Q: Storage and wardrobes

A: We have a crewed coat room/luggage storage area available, however Banzaicon and Rounin Events are not responsible for any lost property.

If you want to cosplay at Banzaicon, but don’t want to travel in your costume, we have wardrobes available with lots of space, privacy and (limited) mirrors. There are men’s, women’s and gender neutral wardrobes. Do NOT use any bathrooms, and especially NOT the handicap toilet to change.

Q: Security

A: Or dedicated guards and medic-crew will be on duty during the whole convention to make sure everyone is safe and secure, and to help out if anything should happen. You can approach them at any time should you have a problem or concern.

Q: Alcohol and drugs

A: Banzaicon is a 100% alcohol and drug free event. Drinking at the con is not allowed, nor is any drug or other illegal substance. You are also not allowed to return to the con if you have been drinking other places as long as you are still under the influence.

Q: Props and weapon rules

A: Theses rules exist to ensure that everyone at Banzaicon can feel safe. If we see props hat do not comply with the rules they will be confiscated and stored by us and you can pick them up when you leave the con. If you need your confiscated weapons or rops for the cosplay contest you can get them out before the contest starts and hand them back in once it is over.

All props and weapons, even those who comply with the rules, are to be treated with care. If you treat your prop in a way that might cause risk to others, it could be confiscated. This also goes or props or weapons that comply with the rules, but that our guards believe could cause dangerous situations.

These props/weapons are not allowed:

  • Weapons made of hard materials (such as metall or heavy wood) and designed in a way that make them easy to swing around. Examples: baseball bats, bokken, heavy wooden staffs etc.
  • Weapons with sharp edges.
  • Replica or prop firearms that look realistic to an untrained eye.

If you are uncertain weather your weapon/prop breaks these rules or not, don’t hesitate to send us an email or facebook message. Describe the appearance of your prop and what it is made of. If possible include pictures. In most cases we will b able to tell you if it is allowed or not, although in some cases our guards will have to take a look at it in real life to determine if it is con-safe or not.

Art stands

Q: How much is an art stand ticket?

A: 835 NOK

Q: What is included?

A: The art stand ticket includes entrance to the convention for one person for the entire weekend, as well as a space in our art stand dealers area. We supply chairs and one table. If you wish to bring an assistant they must have a an ordinary ticket, however you can bring them (maximum two people) with you in before our regular opening hours in order to help you set up the stand.

Q: How do I get one?

A: Head to our ticket site and purchase an art stand ticket. These will be made available at the same time as regular tickets.

Q: When can I set up my stand?

A: We’re at the convention from 08:00 in the morning on both Thursday and Friday, so any time after this should be fine. Make sure you report to the info desk for your wristband.

Q: Will I have access to electricity?

A: Yes, but probably only one outlet.

Q: Will I have access to WI-FI?

A: We’re working on that.

Q: Where is my stand located?

A: A designated crew member will show you to your table(s) when you arrive. You can find them by asking in the info desk.

Q: Will I be able to store my products in a locked area when I’m not at my stand?

A: No, we do not have the resources to offer locked storage areas for stands.

Q: Will someone from the crew be able to watch over my stand while I’m not there?

A: No, we do not have the resources to designate a crew member to this task.

Q: When does the convention open?

A: See this answer.

Q: Where can I park?

A: You can park in the parking area in front of the Thor Heyerdahl building. Parking is free from Friday at 17:00 until Monday at 07:00.


Q: I have a business and wish to sponsor Banzaicon. What do I do?

A: Send an email to organizer@banzaicon.no.

Q: I have a business and want to sell my products at Banzaicon. What do I do?

A: Send an email to organizer@banzaicon.no.

Q: What will it cost my business to sell my products at Banzaicon?

A: We charge 425 NOK per square meter.

Q: Can I pay with merchandise?

A: Partially. This is discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What is included when I rent space in the dealer's area?

A: We can provide tables and chairs, but this should be discussed on a case-by-case basis to avoid any surprises.

New at Banzaicon

Q: What is Banzaicon?

A: Banzaicon is a festival for people with a passion for popular culture, be it film and tv, gaming, anime and manga, comics, anime and manga, fantasy and sci-fi, cosplay, board games, role-playing games or other nerdy hobbies and interests. You will find all kinds of activities here, from fun games and quizzes to interesting panels and workshops to exciting contests and stag shows. Weather you’re a proud full time geek or just letting your inner nerd come out to play for a bit you’ll find something fun to do at Banzaicon along with other awesome people.

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: There is no age-limit at Banzaicon, and although the majrity of our attendees are between 13 and 30 years of age we always have both younger children and more adult visitors having a blast at Banzaicon. We do recommend that children aged 12 or younger bring one of their adults.

Q: Do I have to dress up?

A: A lot of our attendees are dressed up in cosplay, costumes often based on fictional characters. If you want the full Banzaicon experience we very much recommend you try it out yourself, but it is absolutely not mandatory. Many of our visitors attend in regular clothes as well, so no matter what you choose you won’t be the only one.

Other questions

Q: Can I be part of the Banzaicon crew?

A: Please contact us through this form.

Q: I/my organization/my company wish to contribute content/activities/stage shows at Banzaicon. Is this possible?

A: Both our venue and our schedule fill up rapidly, so we cannot make any guarantees. However as long as we are able we love contributions from partners and collaborators. Individuals or small groups who wish to make content for stage shows should keep an eye on the “activities” section of our webpage where information on our open stage and other stage events will be posted. Larger groups, organizations, companies and contributions not related to stage shows can email us at: organizer@banzaicon.no