Tracon for International Guests

Tracon is a convention for role-playing game and anime/manga enthusiasts. The 12th annual event will be held from Friday, September 8th to Sunday, September 10th 2016 at the Tampere Hall in Tampere, Finland. The expected attendance is 5,500 people, making Tracon the largest rpg/anime convention in Finland. The event runs overnight.

Tracon caters to two partially overlapping fandoms:

  • Role-playing games (table-top, live action, online); board games, card games and strategy games; medieval times and history re-enactment
  • Anime and manga; cosplay; Japanese music and dance; contemporary Japanese culture

The theme for Tracon 2017 is villains, which will be reflected in various programmes and events.

In addition to the main event in September, we also host an rpg event called Tracon Hitpoint on March 4.-5. 2017 at Tampere Hall.

Guests of Honor

Special guests of 2017 are game designer and fiction writer Angel Leigh McCoy and video game music composer Chris Huelsbeck. Both guests will be appearing in English-speaking programme. Please see convention programme for more details.

  • 2016 Jennifer Brozek (USA) and Xavier "Nostromo" Guinchard (France)
  • 2015 Jun Awazu (Japan), jim pinto (USA) and Eat Your Kimchi (Canada/South Korea)
  • 2014 Rino Mizuho (Japan), Darrell Hardy (USA), Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo
  • 2013 Ross Watson (USA)
  • 2012 Yasuhiro Nakura (Japan) and Sandy Petersen (USA)
  • 2011 Yoshihiro Takahashi (Japan) and Mike Pohjola
  • 2010 Oscar Garza (USA) and Matthijs Holter (Norway)

World Cosplay Summit 2018 Preliminaries

The World Cosplay Summit 2018 Preliminaries for Finland will be held at Tracon 2017. This competition will see the best cosplayers of Finland competing for the opportunity to represent our country in World Cosplay Summit. World Cosplay Summit is the most prestigious cosplay competition in the world. Held annually in Nagoya, Japan, the competition gathers skilled cosplayers from all over the world to compete in performance and costume-making.

In addition to World Cosplay Summit Preliminaries, Tracon 2017 will host Nordic Cosplay Championships Preliminaries, a hall cosplay competition and a costume design competition.


Tracon offers interesting programme that includes, among other things,

  • competitions and tournaments
  • concerts and shows
  • workshops and community meetings
  • presentations, lectures and panel discussions

The complete convention schedule will be published before ticket sales begin. Most programmes will be conducted in Finnish, but we also have a small selection of English programme. Look for green "In English" label in the convention programme.

There are also various interactive activities for the participant to take part in, such as rhythm and video games, anime karaoke and table-top and live action role-playing games. Tracon gives you the perfect opportunity to spend your weekend enjoying the company of friends and like-minded new acquaintances, attending interesting lectures on roleplaying and anime or taking part in a multitude of competitions.

International Sponsors

We welcome international sponsors in our bazaar and advertising. See detailed information about the sponsoring options or contact Tytti Levänen, / All vendor space has been sold out, but there are other sponsoring options still available.


Both weekend and day passes have been sold out. Ticket sales began online on July 1st, 2017. Tickets can not be purchased at door, so please make sure you have one before traveling to Tampere.

Contact us!

Should you have questions, suggestions or something else you’d like to discuss with the event organizers, don’t hesitate to contact us! If you are a member of media (author of a popular blog, news writer, etc.) you can contact us for media passes for the event. We can be reached by email at and by phone at +358 50 3424 371 (Meeri Panula, Communications).

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