June 14, 2014
Next year’s big event in the Nordic countries for everyone interested in science fiction and fantasy will be Archipelacon — a four-day celebration of the fantastic arts in Mariehamn, Åland, held on June 25–28, 2015.
Archipelacon will offer several programme tracks with presentations, panels and lectures on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. The main language will be English, but there will be programme tracks also in Finnish and Swedish. The convention will also host the Finnish Network for SF and Fantasy Research’s annual academic conference. Archipelacon will be a meeting place for science fiction and fantasy fans from all over the world, an international convention with a Nordic flavour!
The first author to accept being a guest of honour is one of Europe’s most exciting new talents in the science fiction and fantasy field, praised by authors like Michael Swanwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville and Karen Joy Fowler: Karin Tidbeck from Sweden! Her 2012 short story collection Jagannath won the Crawford Memorial Award in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Tiptree Award and World Fantasy Award.
Negotiations are ongoing with two more guests of honour. In addition, more authors and science fiction professionals, domestic and foreign, are expected to attend the convention.
A convention in the middle of the summer is ideal for a mini-holiday. Not only will there be plenty to do and see at the convention, the location has its own charms as well. The convention takes place in the new Culture & Conference Centre Alandica by the seaside. Mariehamn is a friendly town with a number of restaurants, museums and shops. The main island is about 50 km (30 miles) across, so rural, historical or culinary attractions like the fortress of Bomarsund, the castle of Kastelholm, Stallhagen Brewery, the Smakbyn Culinary Centre, and many medieval churches are within easy reach.
Mariehamn is easy to get to! There are cheap and comfortable cruise liners from several places in Finland and Sweden every day, including Stockholm and Helsinki, with duty-free shops! For the hurried traveller, there are also flights every day to Mariehamn via Stockholm, Helsinki or Turku.
Archipelacon is chaired by Sari Polvinen and Johan Anglemark. The multi-headed committee consists of experienced convention organisers from four countries, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Germany, with previous experience from Åcons, Finncons, Swecons, Eurocons, and Worldcons.