Award-winning festival hopes to Wow judges again

cultural journey:  The SunnyCon attracts devotees from far and wide.

cultural journey: The SunnyCon attracts devotees from far and wide.

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A FESTIVAL with a difference is hoping to add to its growing collection of awards by landing an Echo title for a second year in a row.

The annual SunnyCon convention, is already exceeding all expectations and that’s within four years of it first happening in Sunderland.

Michael Tuckwell, who organises and is chairman of SunnyCon, said: “When we wrote it out, we had a five-year plan.”

But when it came to the second SunnyCon which attracted 2,000 people, that was the five year plan already achieved.

Its success has put it in the race for a What’s On Where award which it also won last year.

“We are delighted that have been nominated,” said Michael. “We love being nominated for anything.”

SunnyCon’s listing in the Echo awards is not its only success. It has also been nominated for honours on a website, a blog and by a radio station in three other competitions. SunnyCon has been praised for bringing international fantasy and anime writers and actors to the region.

It brings together fans from as far afield as America, Australia, Sweden and Egypt, has been nominated in the Contribution to Culture category of our awards.

The nomination read: “After three years, SunnyCon has established itself as one of the country’s main geek events and has helped the image of Sunderland. The event is run by a team of volunteers and the effort put in deserves an award for it’s contribution to culture in Sunderland as it’s not only a benefit to fans of anime and Japanese culture in the region but for the image of a city to all of it’s attendees who make the journey here for the weekend.”

The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7.

They aim to reward the elite in categories which range from restaurants to children’s venues, from takeaways to parks and community areas, and from hotels to the best shopping experience. To nominate your favourite, either fill in the form in today’s paper, or nominate someone online HERE.