Anthrocon 2021 was to be the 24th annual Anthrocon furry convention. It was supposed to be held on the weekend of July 1-4, 2021, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anthrocon 2021 was postponed to June 30 to July 3rd, 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering in the United States.
The convention's theme was going to be "Aesop's Fables", but the theme was planned to be carried over to Anthrocon 2022. A virtual convention was held in it's place.
As a replacement for the physical convention, Anthrocon announced a virtual convention and began raising funds for "something truly special" in April. The virtual convention was dubbed AnthrocOnline (or Anthrocon Online)
In early June of 2021, members of the production crew began teasing an in-person film shoot that was taking place in Pittsburgh at the Waterfront Plaza of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
On July 2nd, AnthrocOnline officially kicked off, with Uncle Kage appearing in an Opening Ceremonies video partially shot in the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, Anthrocon's primary hotel. Panels and meetups were also held on Google Meet.
Through the weekend, many of Anthrocon's staple events were shown, filmed on-location around Pittsburgh, including a performance by Pepper Coyote and Fox Amoore (who appeared remotely from his home in Scotland), and Uncle Kage's Story Hour filmed on-location in Pizza Parma/Fernando's Cafe. In addition to the recorded content, live events also took place from the Astrocasters studio in Virginia, including the Charity Auction and Closing Ceremonies.
Statement from Anthrocon staff
"We had high hopes but at this point, it looks like that we will not be able to safely hold the convention. As such we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that the convention will be canceled this year.
For those of you who have deferred memberships or dealerships from 2020, those deferrals will carry over to 2022, as will hotel rooms won at the charity auction. Emails with the coupon codes for Anthrocon 2022 will be sent out at a later date.
Those who were purchasing memberships for this year need not do anything. Those memberships will be canceled and since no payments were processed so there are no refunds that need to be issued.
We are planning a virtual convention for this year. Information regarding the virtual convention will follow shortly.
Plans are proceeding for the in-person convention for 2022 which will take place June 30th - July 3rd. We plan to carry over the theme once again (Aesop's Fables).
We are looking forward to Anthrocon's return in 2022 and are excitedly anticipating seeing everyone in person and making the return of Anthrocon 2022 the best Anthrocon ever."
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