MEFCC 2018 officially opens  at Dubai World Trade Centre

MEFCC 2018 officially opens  at Dubai World Trade Centre

Dubai, UAE (April 5, 2018) – The Middle East Film & Comic Con (www.mefcc.com), the definitive pop culture festival in the Middle East, welcomed fans from all over the world at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from today, April 5 until Saturday, April 7.

Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri officially opened the event. Peter Hall, President of Informa Global Exhibitions, EMEA and Suzy Pallett, Consumer Group Director of Informa led a VIP tour, which was attended by HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, HE Saif Saeed Ghobas, Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, and representatives from the Japan Consulate.

Today, fans were treated to a screen and comic universe of events and activities. The next two days are set to host a packed agenda of celebrity meet and greets, performances, cosplay, gaming, workshops, screenings, artists and exclusive merchandise. All are bound to surprise and excite fans. Grab your last few tickets available online (www.mefcc.com) and on the door until sold out.

Celebrities
The stellar line-up of celebrities this year include Ezra Miller aka The Flash in the DC universe; Jenna Coleman aka Clara Oswald in Doctor Who; Toby Stephens (John Robinson), Molly Parker (Maureen Robinson), Mina Sundwall (Penny Robinson), Taylor Russell (Judy Robinson) and Max Jenkins (Will Robinson) from the new Netflix original show, Lost in Space; Karl Urban, one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood after starring in blockbusters such as the Star Trek Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Riddick and Thor: Ragnarok; Kristian Nairn aka Hodor from Game of Thrones; Jason David Frank aka the original Green Power Ranger, and Adam Kubert, a true comic book royalty famous for his run on Wolverine, Weapon X, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate X-Men, and Spectacular Spider-Man.

Other celebrities that have been proving extremely popular across fans in the region are international cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao; Overwatch actor Gaku Space; Final Fantasy XV’s Ray Chase; Street Fighter’s Christian Howard who plays Ken Masters; Spiderman’s Max Mittelman who plays Harry Osborn; voice over artist Robbie Desmond, and TV presenter and video gaming extraordinaire Adam Savage.

Guests have a number of opportunities to meet them, ask them questions and even learn from them through various activities spread across all three days. For more information, visit the Celebrities page of MEFCC.

WAVO Mainstage
Performances on the WAVO Main Stage included the mind-blowing Illusionists show “7th Delusion: Mesmerising Minds.” Hamza3ssam along with Minat and Don Kamelo took their infectious hip hop beats to the stage for an energetic live performance, before the Naser Mestarihi band rock ‘n’ rolled into the evening.

Tomorrow, make sure you arrive early to take your littles ones to the Party Monsters Family Rave. Enjoy some tunes from DJ Trina and the multi-award winning Universal signed band, The Boxtones. And catch the most-awaited Huawei Nova 3E Cosplay Contest where some of the most talented cosplayers in the region rule the stage.
For further details, visit WAVO Mainstage.

Workshops
Each day at the festival a series of workshops and presentations run by renowned names help get you on your path to fame. Get Simpson-ized tomorrow and learn the art with maestro Phil Ortiz and on Saturday, learn Cosplay and video creation with Alodia Gosiengfiao. For full schedule, visit the Workshops section.

ROXY Cineclub
Welcome to the region’s first boutique Comic Con cinema experience, where the on-screen magic and off-screen allure are synced to give you a show to remember. Seats are limited so make sure you’re there to Hold the Door for a conversation with Kristian Nairn at 12:30pm. Be among the first ones to watch the first episode of Netflix’s Lost in Space at 2:00pm before it airs around the world on April 13th. And catch voice actors Ray Chase, Max Mittelman and Robbie Daymond as they mix it up in what’s set to be the most hilarious panel of the year at 4:30pm. Check out more from the ROXY Cineclub section.

Give me more! Yes, we know you want more!
Even Thor needs “sustenance” so get your much-needed boost from The Foodsters Village with super hero themed trucks and gear up for all the MEFCC action.
Meet all the most talented artists from the International Artist Alley.
Shop the latest in tech and gaming and the most exclusive merchandise, some of them only available at MEFCC.
And enjoy everything else that’s in store for you!

The first day of MEFCC 2018 was a huge success, and there’s a lot to look forward to over the next two days. Don’t miss all the action! Grab your last few tickets available online (www.mefcc.com) and on the door until sold out.

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For Media Enquiries, please contact Katch International:
Tricia Jimenea, Engagement Director, Katch International, tricia@katchthis.com, +971 50 913 3438
Trishna Assandas, Engagement Consultant, Katch International, trishna@katchthis.com, +971 55 886 3881

About Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC)
Middle East Film and Comic Con takes place on 5-7 April 2018 at Dubai World Trade Center. Returning for its 7th edition and hosting over 60,000 enthusiasts, the event has grown to become the region’s largest popular culture festival. Offering a mix of international and regional entertainment and brands from Film, TV, Sci-Fi, Anime, Manga, Gaming, Comics and Collectables – it’s the ultimate destination for a fun and action-packed day out. Fans can meet celebrities, buy exclusive merchandise, watch film previews and screenings, take part in creative workshops, compete in gaming tournaments and more!

Ticket prices start from 140AED on the door. For more information, to book tickets and see the latest celebrity roster, visit http://www.mefcc.com.

About Informa Exhibitions
With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Boating, Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Industry insight, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides Informa Exhibitions customers and partners with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

Informa Exhibitions is a division of Informa PLC, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, creating unique content and connectivity for customers all over the world. Informa PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

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