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Furry Down Under
FurDU
Location Queensland, Australia
Website
Status Ongoing
First iteration April 23-25, 2010
Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: FurDU resources

Furry Down Under (also commonly referred to as FurDU) is a furry convention that is held annually on the Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia.

FurDU was first held in the 'Vibe' Hotel, Surfers Paradise, between the 23th and 25th of April, 2010. The convention was originally intended to be held in Melbourne, but it was later decided during the planning stages (and in conjunction with the original organizers relocating to Queensland) that hosting FurDU on the Gold Coast, a major Australian holiday destination, would prove far more beneficial.

Furry Down Under is a convention built around the core principal of making attending an Australian furry convention as affordable as possible. The official website stated that attending FurDU in 2010 for the three days it runs for should cost under $200 AUD for its attendees including all accommodation costs.[1]

Programming[edit]

FurDU runs for three days, with programming starting Friday and ending Sunday night (or early into Monday morning). The convention changes its programming each year, these changes are reflected by the addition of new key events and the removal of events that have grown stale in the opinion of the organisers.

Since 2013, the Thursday prior to start of the convention has become a very popular day for 'pre-con' meet ups by attendees. In 2014 the Thursday prior to commencement was nicknamed 'Day Zero' by convention organisers even though there was no official programming scheduled for that day.

Fursuiting[edit]

There are several events and other facilities for fursuiters. These events change each year with the program, with the exception of the Fursuit Games, Fursuit Walk and Fursuit Photography which have been traditionally held since founding.

The Headless lounge, an area that only fursuiters can enter where they can freely un-suit and relax, has progressively increased in size each year as the number of fusuiters in attendance has also grown. Between 2010 and 2012 the headless lounge was a simple cordoned off area with a gazebo set up for privacy, this area usually shared one of the smaller convention spaces such as a game room or chill out area.

The transition to the Outrigger Hotel in 2013 saw the introduction of a separate 70 square meter self contained room used only as a dedicated headless lounge. This was the first time that the convention had ever been physically able to allocate a separate room specifically just for Fursuiters. In 2014 the same layout with this dedicated room was repeated, however the fursuit lounge was scheduled to open later on day one as this room was temporally used to house part of the initial registration queue on Friday morning.

History[edit]

FurDU has been held in the following locations;

Year Dates Attendance Location
2010 23 - 25th Apr 92 Vibe Hotel, Surfers Paradise
2011 15 - 17th Apr 150 Vibe Hotel, Surfers Paradise
2012 27 - 29th Apr 300 Watermark Hotel, Surfers Paradise
2013 26 - 28th Apr 352 Outrigger, Surfers Paradise
2014 28 - 30th Mar 563 Outrigger, Surfers Paradise
2015 1 - 3rd May[2] TBA Outrigger, Surfers Paradise

Themes[edit]

Furry Down Under features unique theme for each year that it runs. Although the convention has officially been themed since its founding in 2010, this became much more apparent in 2012 during "Carnival" where the venue began to reflect the theme more clearly through the use of stage props, decorations and theme specific events.

  • 2010: "The Beach"
  • 2011: "Nightlife"
  • 2012: "Carnival"
  • 2013: "The World Of Tomorrow"
  • 2014: "Fhloston Paradise"
  • 2015: "Jurassic Safari"[3]

Special guests[edit]

FurDU first started featuring special guests as part of the convention content in 2012. Since then, it has featured the following special guests;

Charity[edit]

Furry Down Under has sponsored the following charities;

Organization[edit]

Current staff (2014-2015)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Furry Down Under - Cost on the official FurDU Website
  2. Furry Down Under Announces 2015 Dates & Opens Pre-Registration via FurDU official Facebook group
  3. Tweet on the FurDU account on Twitter. Dated July 19, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.

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