By Jarrod Burton
The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre was decked out with all things geeky on Saturday for the annual pop culture convention, RahCon.
Focused on a retro theme, the convention offered a variety of stores and activities including video games, artworks, discussion panels plus movie and anime screenings.
Unlike the larger pop culture conventions in Perth, RahCon is a not-for-profit event, organised by the City of Mandurah’s Youth Development group.
The convention aims to give young people in the nearby communities a place to socialise and engage with the community.
“We know that there is a huge population down in Kwinana, Rockingham and Mandurah of young people who love this sort of pop culture stuff, and a lot of the time they might not be exposed to services or support they need,” said headspace Rockingham’s Community Awareness Officer, Jeremy Tucker.
“If there are any young people who are going through a bit of a tough time, we are here to let them know where to turn to if they need any information.”
While the venue was smaller compared to larger conventions such a Supanova and Perth Comic Con, the event still managed to attract a large number of stores and vendors looking to interact with the local pop culture communities.
“It’s got a cosier atmosphere, the people are friendlier, and I’m seeing a lot of people I don’t normally see. In Perth, at the conventions you usually see the same crowd at every one, but over here I’m seeing a lot of new people,” said Tim Sung, owner of White Dwarf Books.
The event has already received a large amount praise on social media from attendees.