I had the opportunity to chat with the directorial team behind ClexaCon and the inaugural ClexaCon London, which is happening for the first time this November. I would like to thank them for their time and for providing some fun details about some events happening in London.
Could you share a bit about the directors with our readers?
ClexaCon is run by Holly Winebarger, Ashley Arnold and Danielle Jablonski along with a dedicated team of volunteers who work year-round to ensure an incredible event.
Now as a sort of obligatory start question, what inspired you to create the original ClexaCon?
ClexaCon was inspired by and created for fans. 2016 saw an unprecedented number of female LGBTQ characters killed off TV shows. One of the most publicised was the death of the fan-favorite character, Lexa, from the CW’s The 100. The convention was named in honor of the on-screen relationship between Clarke and Lexa (‘Clexa’). For the first time we saw media consumers demand better representation on an organized scale. It was amazing.
The death of so many female LGBTQ characters and the attention that fans were able to bring to the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope led us to create an event that celebrates the characters we love and allows fans to come together from the around the world to celebrate our favorite stories from TV and film.
Did you anticipate it growing the way that it has?
ClexaCon grew in ways we never imagined. We love what we’ve evolved into and we hope to provide a place for people to gather for many more years to come!
How do you break down everything that needs to be done with the convention planning and also maintain your personal and professional lives outside of the convention?
ClexaCon has become a huge part of our day to day lives. Running an event of this magnitude takes a lot of work. We have a very small staff, and there are a lot of things that need to happen. Sometimes we live, eat and breathe ClexaCon!
ClexaCon London is happening for the first time this coming November, why did you choose London for the site of your next venture?
London is a fun city and a major travel hub so we felt that it would be a relatively convenient location for people to get to. We also have a global volunteer team and several team members based in the UK so it seemed like a logical choice. We have fans from around the world asking us to do a ClexaCon event in their country and London seemed like a good place to start!
We also know that many members of our community do not have the resources to travel internationally for an event like ClexaCon and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate.
For congoers who attended in Las Vegas, how will this convention differ?
ClexaCon London is going to be just as fun, but on a smaller scale. We’ve added some very London things such as a London Bus Tour on Friday.
Can you share a little bit more about the London Bus Tour?
We’re renting a bus and filling it with as many LGBTQ woman as possible! What could be more fun?!
You can join ClexaCon London attendees, ClexaCon staff, and some special guests (Dana Piccoli will be on board!) on a tour of some of London’s top attractions.
Tour highlights: Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Bridge
Beyond the convention, do any of the directors have any London plans or any sites you specifically want to see?
We’ll be in convention mode the moment we land! We hope any international attendee’s making the trip to London get to enjoy the sites around town. We’re partial to any film location tours and there’s plenty of Harry Potter things to do to make any spare time magical!
As convention founders and directors, do you have any tips for people who are considering creating a convention?
We actually get a lot of emails from people asking for advice. The first thing we say is that it’s not as easy as you might think, especially for an event of our size. It can get very overwhelming very quickly so start small and make sure you have solid plans. Convention planning is not for the faint of heart!
Where can people find out more about ClexaCon London?
Follow us on twitter @ClexaCon or visit our website.
Thank you again to the ClexaCon directors, Holly Winebarger, Ashley Arnold and Danielle Jablonski, for their time.
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