As governments restrict gatherings of people, furry conventions are being postponed or canceled. Here's a quick run down of events in 2020 and their status as of January 3 23:50 EDT (UTC-4) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - updates to come.
A new section has been added for past events impacted for historical purposes. More information will be added to deal with virtual versions of a physical gathering if applicable starting July 25th.
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Furry photographer Exodus Arias was not impressed upon reading the pictured note:
[…] the worst attempt at hiring a Cameraman for a convention ever. Clearly they want some specific footage yet unclear as to what.
That's curious, there was a guy on the boat party and later the meet in London who was in a business suit, not interacting, just dropping of their business card (the photo attached) to random people...a tad weird.
Even more weird: said card, shown below, came with a teasing mention of hard cash.
Update (31 Jul): The person behind the offers has given a response, published below.
Included in the coverage are kigurumi wearers and makers, local furs Lupus and Jackal, and professional animal costumer Alex Kovas – better known as "Humanimal". Mentioned in passing is local convention RBW and the regular LondonFur meets.
The piece was discussed (translation) on Portuguese-language news portal Fauna Urbana; apparently much more footage was taken. Although pleased with the general tone, local furs were disappointed in the focus on fursuiting.
It is a most strange scene to behold, furries (not in fursuits for once) raving to the tune of House of Pain's Jump Around.
The previous one, horrendously out of date and incomplete, has now been replaced by a smooth clear design – as well as the awesome new LondonFurs Store, home to all manner of LondonFurs branded apparel.
A similar notion was followed at the Chester furmeet in July, where every attendee was given a free Chester Furmeet t-shirt. Let’s hope other regional furmeets follow this lead, because some of them could really use it (ehehehe!)
The LondonFurs averted potential disaster this month, as the Apostle bar – the venue for just one London furmeet – went into administration. The sudden short-notice closure of the bar, combined with a £350 deposit already paid and an organiser in no position to work to such a schedule left the group in disarray.
With the meet on the verge of being cancelled, ex-organiser Rapido joined with London regular Lupus Londonwolf to pull together an impromptu change of location to The Spirit on Patemoster Square. The £250 deposit belonging to organiser Spargue also managed to be recovered, it is thought that The Spirit may now be adopted as the new London furmeet venue.