Over 22,000 admissions: the first autumn edition of Gardacon is a success


An explosive appointment between videogames, comics, board games, illusionism and bricks. But also musical shows and live meetings: the voice of Spider-Man Alex Polidori, science communicators and web characters Adrian Fartade and Barbascura X, the musical lives of Cristina D’Avena and Giorgio Vanni. A rich and fun event, which offered visitors many commercial stands, interactive areas, entertainment and lightheartedness.

After the extraordinary boom of the spring edition, Gardacon reconfirms itself as an event loved by the public, which for the second time this year has peacefully stormed the pavilions of the Centro Fiera. Comics, games, pop culture: a composite and colorful world that is at the center of an increasingly important economic sector, of which the exhibition organized in Montichiari has been a leading expression for all of Northern Italy since 2019. Not just a fair, but a real festival. Over 20 thousand square meters of exhibition space, where visitors were able to indulge in shopping in full nerd style, attend moments of entertainment and have fun in the many interactive areas.

Gardacon celebrates the past, present and future of the so-called nerd culture: in the retrogaming zone, children and parents were able to travel back in time and have fun with over 100 consoles and 100 cabinets from the 1970s to the early 2000s, while in the Gamers Arena master was the next generation gaming.

Hundreds of cosplayers have colored the pavilions, impersonating the protagonists of comics and TV series, and then go on stage and interpret the most iconic scenes live. In the immense brick area no limits were set for the imagination: in addition to admiring incredible and monumental works of art, children and families were able to play together, becoming expert builders for two days.
The interventions of science communicators and web personalities Adrian Fartade and Barbascura X were very appreciated, but also the new area entirely dedicated to magic and the live shows of Cristina D’Avena and Giorgio Vanni, the most loved voices of entire generations of children who have grown up singing the theme songs of the cartoons, from the Smurfs to Naruto and Dragon Ball.

Gardacon is a successful format that involves young people and families ”, says Ezio Zorzi, director of Centro Fiera Montichiari. “The autumn edition is added to that of March and confirms how much the public appreciates the Gardacon formula, with two really intense days, full of fun and passion for pop culture”.