CON.ECT, the annual convention in Port Elizabeth that brings together aficionados and lovers of geek and popular culture from across the country, is expecting more than 2 000 attendees gathered this weekend for the sixth edition of the event. It was created in order to create a space in which like-minded people could gather and share their passions, and where fans of various genres could get together. Since its inception in 2014, Con.ect has grown to such a degree that the city of Port Elizabeth has become the focal point of popular culture within the Eastern Cape.Con.ect is run exclusively by volunteers, who are primarily students at the Nelson Mandela University, and professionals from various fields. Growing from 150 attendees in 2014 to more than 2 000 in 2018, Con.ect is always looking for new ways to entertain guests and bring them the latest developments in the gaming and pop culture world.This year’s programme will include a cosplay masquerade and competition, an eSports LAN, hosted by Gaming AD, workshops by Crafty Arts, Sew Creative and The Duskwood Forge, various stage demonstrations and performances, a geek quiz, lots of geek-specific merchandise stalls, and food trucks. A virtual reality experience, board game demonstrations, arcade and pinball machines, face painting and a kiddies’ corner will also be available. Con.ect 2019 will take place at the Nelson Mandela University Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6 from 10:00 to 18:00. Tickets will be available on both days, and cash ticket sales will be available at the stadium ticket booths, while card ticket sales will be available at the entrance to the main convention hall. Weekend passes are R100 per person, and day passes are R60 per person. For more info visit Con.ect’s Facebook page.