Argentina FurFiesta

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Argentina FurFiesta (ArFF)
Logo Arff.JPG
ArFF Logos (Small and Big)
Location
Website
Status Ongoing
First iteration 28-30 June 2019
Organizer(s) Argentina FurFiesta Organizing Committee
Charity ACMA
Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Argentina FurFiesta resources

Argentina FurFiesta, or ArFF, is the second hotel-based furry convention to happen in Argentina and the first one in the city of Buenos Aires.

By June 28-29-30 of 2019, ArFF celebrated its very first edition with 234 attendees from 11 different countries.

History[edit]

The idea of a Furry Convention in Buenos Aires is not new for the local fandom, it has been present since Argentinafurs born in FA back in 2009, by that time, the Argentinian fandom had its own convention UFACon held in the city of Rosario.


Throughout the years dozens of furmeets were organized in Buenos Aires and thanks to that the community started to gather more and grow. Eventually a group of furs also organized in Cordoba under the name of Cordoba Furs and they started to organize their own furmeets. As country, numbers became bigger and bigger and eventually it was clear that the local furry community needed a different type of event.


Back in August 2017 and thanks to the influence of Brasil FurFest gears started turning and ideas started popping up, the staff toyed with many names until the acronym "ArFF" appeared, this acronym was what in the end pushed the name of Argentina FurFiesta. The inclusion of the word Fiesta in the name its important because first its in Spanish and second it refers to a celebration.


On October 7th of 2018 the first teasers appeared, the following days artwork made by different artists popped up featuring the same message "something is happening in the streets" and in the 14th of that same month the event was finally revealed during the Furmeet XXII held by CordobaFurs in the city of Cordoba a launch trailer came along with that announcement. Ticket sales started on December 9th, 2018 a day after FurryNight closed its first edition, but the very first ticket was raffled during FurryNight to one of their attendees.


As months went by, Fox Amoore was announced as Guest of Honor for the very first edition and Bocalan Argentina was appointed as that year Charity.


2019 was a very powerful and emotional ride for all the local furry community, the dream of an Argentinian hotel furry convention was made a reality and 2020 promised to be even bigger. Unfortunately, 2020 was a massive blow for the event, as the pandemic hit it forced the convention to be postponed from May to September. But the biggest blow came shortly after the postponement announcement as the Hotel Castelar & Spa foreclose withholding the down payment of the event as a result. In the end and after a long struggle, funds were recovered but due to inflation and devaluation of currency in Argentina, it was worth half.


As 2020 progressed the event organized 3 Open Days which were live shows lasting for a few hours with different activities and elements of a Furry Convention, the first one was celebrated on May 30th, 2020 (the original planned date of the event), the second one was celebrated on September 26th, 2020 (The postponed planned date of the event) on a full fledged streaming studio and the final third was hosted on January 9th, 2021. Open Day 3 was planned again on the streaming studio but unfortunately due to a few positive close contacts of COVID-19 it had to be moved to be streamed from home.


2021 brought new opportunities but due to the ongoing restrictions imposed by Argentina in regard to the pandemic, the event decided to host its official 2nd edition 100% Online under the original planned theme of Baubao's Haunted House. The date was set to November 6-7th, 2021 and there won't be any more Open Days in the middle, just small 2 hours live shows called "Saturday ArFF Live" which serve as vehicles for announcements, important information and updates on the general event situation.


The second edition of ArFF! was a free online event and it featured a massive adventure world in Minecraft filled with lore, riddles, puzzles and surprises built block by block from the ground up; an insane capture the flag treasure hunt known as The Adventures of Baubao Island which was linked directly throughout every world and aspect of the convention; a custom made VRChat world featuring a dealers den and lounge spaces to chill and take pictures; a small nostalgia trip down memory lane in a Furcadia Dream; a big immersive Dealers Den experience in Mozilla Spaces; and an online stream with panels and activities filmed on a stage in a remote location with the support of TV staff and cameras.


During the 2021 online edition of ArFF Negy & Peritian were appointed as guests of honor and Adopciones Quilmes was the chosen charity. The event raised more than 1400 USD for charity and around 600 USD to support the online event.


Finally the big announcement came on February of 2022, the third edition of the event will be held in person on August 12-14 at the Abasto Hotel in Buenos Aires, Alibi & Zue will be the Guests of Honor and ACMA is the chosen Charity for this opportunity.


The third edition of the event ended being a success with 369 furries attending from 10 different countries, 118 of them were fursuiters. The event raised the amazing sum of ARS 1.108.840 (USD 7822,50) to [https://www.acma.org.ar/ Asociación Contra el Maltrato Animal (ACMA).

Statistics[edit]

Order Year Theme Dates Attendance Fursuit Parade Count Guests of Honor Location Charity Amount Charity Organization
1 2019 ArFF;Saga Jun 28 - 30 234 91 Fox Amoore Hotel Castelar & Spa - Buenos Aires, Argentina ARS 80.647 (USD 1858,22)¹ Bocalán Argentina
2 2021 La Casita Embrujada de Baubao - Baubao's Haunted House Nov 6 - 7 ---- 76 Negy & Peritian Streamed Online, Minecraft, VRChat & Furcadia ARS 252.703 (USD 2400.97)¹ Adopciones Quilmes
3 2022 Locuras en el Aeropuerto - Airport Antics Aug 12 - 14 369 118 Alibi & Zue Abasto Hotel - Buenos Aires, Argentina ARS 1.108.840 (USD 7822,50)¹ Asociación Contra el Maltrato Animal (ACMA)
4 2023 Base Lunar ArFF - Moonbase ArFF TBA TBA TBA TBA Abasto Hotel - Buenos Aires, Argentina TBA TBA

¹ Exchange rates of the monday after the convention ended, rates taken from "Banco Nación".


Hotel[edit]

The event takes place at the Abasto Hotel in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Hotel is located near the commercial district of Once, right in front to the Abasto Shopping Mall which is a very busy and centralized commercial hub in the area, as a result its well connected to the rest of the city by public transportation.


Programming and Schedule[edit]

All the information regarding the schedule will be available at Argentina FurFiesta official Website. The event features many similar activities as any other furry convention such as: Opening and closing ceremonies, dancing competition, fursuit parade, rave/dance, Dealers Den, etc.

On the 2022 edition an After Dark segment will debut featuring special panels and activities for adult audiences.


Theme[edit]

For the 2019 edition the chosen theme was "ArFF;Saga" an MMORPG game where players will have to defeat the evil that corrupts and devours the earth. Ssar-Mud seeks to grasp the moon and launch himself to the sun, to eat all of its light and cast an infinite night over earth where life will peril as a result. This theme played with the fact that a total Solar Eclipse came shortly after the event, in July 2nd, which was visible from Argentina.

For the 2021 online edition of the event, the theme was "La casita embrujada de Baubao" (Baubao's haunted house)

For the current 2022 in person edition the theme is "Airport Antics" which will feature many aspects, hassles and inconveniences of traveling within the 4 walls of a hotel.


Staff[edit]

The ArFF Staff, features many well known and experienced furs among the local furry community in Argentina.


Since 2018, Policho was appointed as the convention Chair.

Mascot[edit]

BauBao was created by Mars Canis. He is a trans male white dog with no particular markings except for a big snout. This dog loves to portrait characters and disguise with a thousand different outfits and accesories.


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