Chromacon 2019 – Auckland – 1-2 June 2019

Chromacon 2019 logo


Chromacon 2019 – New Zealand Indie Arts Festival

Chromacon is a non-profit biennial indie arts festival based in Auckland, New Zealand that celebrates the coming together of creativity, artistic excellence and community.

Chromacon connects all New Zealanders with a group of highly talented multi-disciplinary independent creators working across an ever-expanding range of mediums including illustration, comics, concept art, sculpture/ designer toys, animation, tabletop/ video games, and more!

You will find original artwork and creative projects from independent creators of different media, styles, and genres at Chromacon. You will also be able to purchase self-published work or even one-off originals directly from the creatives themselves.

The intimate nature of the event offers you the chance to meet and connect with creatives you may already admire or others creating new and exciting work that you weren’t aware of.

Furthermore, we will be hosting live events, drawing/painting demos, and artist talks/ panels on a variety of subjects throughout the weekend.

We invite everyone with an interest in art, in particular storytelling in visual and interactive mediums to come join us for a celebration of Kiwi creativity. Whether you’re a fledgling artist yourself or simply curious about the amazing original work created by independent creators right here in New Zealand, everyone’s welcome!

This year we’ve almost doubled in size and will be showcasing close to 200 creators and taking over all floors of our venue – the newly refurbished Aotea Centre.

Chromacon 2019 will feature:

  • Exhibitors: 120+ NZ & international illustrators, comic artists, designers, animators, sculptors, game developers and more personally showcasing their work to the public.
  • Live Art: live drawing, painting demonstrations and hands-on creative activties
  • Public artist talks and discussion panels.
  • Games and interactive activities.
  • Lots of other cool activities!
  • CHROMA CONNECT 2019: a creative summit featuring industry talks/ panels and masterclasses aimed at professional development, to take place the following weekend (8-9 June) in Wellington in partnership with Massey University and Weta Workshop.

Chromacon 2019  will take place over the weekend of 1 – 2 June 2019 – Completely FREE for public entry. Once again, we’re partnering up with Auckland Live to bring Chromacon to Aotea Centre at the heart of Auckland City.

Watch the Chromacon 2019 Festival trailer.

When and Where

1 – 2 June 2019
10 AM – 5PM

Aotea Centre, Auckland.

How Much

Free public entry.

Kickstarter to support Chromacon 2019 to remain free and receive exclusive Art Book, Enamel Pin, T-Shirt, Limited Edition Prints, Original Art & more! Closes 24 May 2019.


Chromacon 2019 website and kickstarter has more information about the festival.

Chromacon 2019 is also on Facebook, Facebook event, Twitter @Chromacon, and Instagram.  

As we are a non-profit, grassroots event – please help us spread the news and invite all art lovers to come along!

Play by Play conference – Wellington – 26-27 April 2019


Play by Play is a New Zealand games conference with a difference, run mid-April each year in the beating cultural heart of the country – Wellington. Since our inception in 2016, we’ve grown exponentially, proving that there’s a vibrant community of gamers, enthusiasts and curious folk in the play sphere. Further to our flagship conference, we host networking events and professional development workshops for industry players.

A game development summit like no other, the Play By Play conference brings game developers of all skill levels together for two days of low-pressure learning and sharing. We aim to engage delegates with a fun, light-hearted atmosphere and a playful approach to improving our craft.

This year’s theme is “The Power of Many” and reflects our strength in community, diversity and the impact our craft can make when we work together.

With Play by Play now being under the NZ Games Festival banner, we’ve made some changes to the structure of our industry events:

  • As the perfect accompaniment to our conference, we’re bringing back Treat and Greet, a networking event for all of our sweet conference attendees <3
  • For our last course, we’re serving up the delicious Pavs! Our new and improved Awards evening!

These are just some of the many amazing events happening around New Zealand Games Festival. For more events, including workshops, our NZ games exhibition, tabletop sessions and the wildly popular quiz night, please check out our website:

When and Where

Main Conference
10am – 4:30pm 26-27 April 2019
Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington

Treat and Greet:
6:30pm Onwards, 26 April 2019
Our networking event will be held at Prefab Hall.

The Pavs
7pm Onwards, 27 April 2019
The awards ceremony location will be advertised shortly.

How Much

Earlybird Pricing – Ends 12 March

All Access, all events $95
Student, all events $65
The Pavs awards only $25


Play by Play Conference Website
Registration for Play by Play

Armageddon Expo – Auckland – 19-22 October 2018


Aucklands ASB Showgrounds will be host to three and a half days of Gaming, Wrestling, Animation, Cosplay Costuming, Amusements, ESports, TV and Movie stars and much more!

With one of our largest guest lists ever, meet international TV and Movie stars from Doctor Who, Shadowhunters, X-Men, Addams Family, Runaways, Supernatural, Stargate SG1, Supergirl, Harry Potter and so many more. Meet animation voices from RWBY, Mass Effect, Attack on Titan, Yuri on Ice and more. Comic creators, animation portfolio reviews, screenings, cosplay events with international cosplay stars Jessica Nigri and others.

PLUS, NZ’s biggest gaming displays from PlayStation, Nintendo, Logitech, Total Interactive, OMEN, Warner Brothers and more, with a huge ESports arena, gaming events and activities.

Numerous collectible companies from all over the world with merchandise unavailable anywhere else in NZ as well as huge sale areas from EB Games and MightyApe.

With special Music events, Gaming displays and releases as well as Special advance previews, Armageddon is THE entertainment event for NZ not to be missed.

When and Where

ASB Showgrounds
217 Green Lane West
Epsom, Auckland

Labour Weekend
Friday 19th October – 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 20th October – 9am to 6pm
Sunday 21st October – 10am to 6pm
Monday 22nd October – 10am to 5pm

How Much

Adult One-day entry (Friday, Sunday, Monday) – $26
Adult Saturday Entry – $28
Adult Three-day pass – $70.00
Premium Pass – $349
Ultra Pass – $1249

Various other discounted passes for Students and Children.


Armageddon Expo Auckland Website

AKLgamedev Meetup: ‘Guardian’ Launch – Auckland – 12 September 2018


Come along and celebrate the release of Metia Interactive’s ‘Guardian’ on Wednesday September 12that the September AKLgamedev Meetup is during Māori Language Week.

The Guardian story is an interactive fiction. The game will showcase our unique cultural identity in New Zealand and highlight beautiful regions of our country in a contemporary and original story across popular platforms.

This is a journey that will take the player into a world of mystery and impending mayhem while discovering the truth behind an ancient secret.

– 6:00p | Doors open
– 6:10p | Welcome
– 6:20p | Guardian: A journey from idea to now.
– The importance and uniqueness of telling Maori stories.
– Using a narrative script engine with Unity.
– Community announcements.
– 7:00 | Meetup ends – Progress Bar

When and Where

Wednesday 12 September 2018
6pm – 7pm

Room TBC
AUT City Campus
St Paul St
Auckland CBD

How Much



Meetup Page for event
The Auckland Game Development Meetup

Auckland Game Development Meetup – Kiwijam Special 2018 – Auckland – 22 July 2018

Let's Play kiwijam Games at 6pm 22 July 2018


You are cordially invited to view a selection of local game developers work in progress and Kiwijam games.

Kiwijam is a 48 hour game making event where participants work on either their own projects or start projects from scratch based on a nationwide theme announced at the event.

On the last night of the event all participants, plus any other guests wanting to show their work, set up their work to be ready to play at 6pm.

If you would like to come and see some current local talent and what they are capable of, please come along at 6pm, enjoy free nibbles and drinks, play some games, meet some devs and enjoy the vibe.

When and Where

AUT Room WG901-902-903
2 Governor Fitzroy Place AUT WG Building, Level 9 · Auckland

How Much

Free. RSVP by 1 PM on 22 July 2018.


Auckland Game Development MeetupKiwijam Special 2018

A big thanks to AUT PIGSTY and NZGDA .

New Zealand Game Developers Conference – Auckland – 1-3 August 2018


The New Zealand Game Developers Conference (NZGDC) is an annual professional game development conference hosted in Auckland, New Zealand. NZGDC18 will be an action-packed three-day conference for professional and indie game developers.

This year’s conference will span three days with one day dedicated to hands-on workshops (1st August), and two days full of a mix of presentations and panels (2nd-3rd August). Sessions will cover a variety of topics, from Art & Game Design to Production & Marketing and everything in between.

When and Where

Level 4,
SKYCITY Convention Centre,
Federal Street,

Wednesday 1 August 2018 – Workshops
Thurs 2/Friday 3 August – Main conference
Plus Evening events

How Much

NZGA Member – Full Pass  $280
NZGA Member – Thurs Pass (+ Free Wed Workshop pass) $180
NZGA Member – Thurs Pass (+ Free Wed Workshop pass) $180
Student single day tickets $50

If you’re a New Zealand based game developer, make sure you’ve registered as an NZGDA member for a 15% discount on your NZGDC ticket! Register at


Conference Website

Women in Gaming Meetup – Auckland – 19 May 2018


Attack On Geek proudly presents the inaugural women in tech and gaming meetup – let’s form the start of a positive local community!

There is little doubt that women are under-represented in the technology and gaming industry. Attack On Geek, an Auckland based pop-culture, gaming and entertainment brand is committed to challenging the misconceptions surrounding female tech enthusiasts and gamers, as well as building a positive and supportive community for local women in the industry.

This inaugural meetup will be the first, in hopefully a series of Attack On Geek meetups to allow local women in the industry to come together, share their thoughts and ideas, build friendships and support one another.

Tickets are free, and limited to 10 (we have a table booked). You will be responsible to pay for anything you want to eat and drink though!

When and Where

Sat 19 May 7 — 9pm
Johnny Bars American Restaurant,
142 Halsey St, Auckland, New Zealand

How Much

Tickets are free, and limited to 10 (we have a table booked). You will be responsible to pay for anything you want to eat and drink though!


Tech Week Page


Play by Play Conference – Wellington – 21 April 2018


A game development summit like no other, the Play by Play conference will bring game developers of all skill levels together for a full day of low-pressure learning and sharing. We aim to engage delegates with a fun, light-hearted atmosphere and a playful approach to improving our craft. This year’s theme is “voyagers” and reflects the many journeys – diegetic and real – that surround our country, our industry and our craft.

When and Where

The conference is being held at the Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Taranaki Wharf, 2 Taranaki St, Wellington. On Saturday the 21st of April. Registration for the conference opens at 8:00am and the keynote talk begins at 9:00am.

How Much

$75 for the whole day.


Twitter: @playbyplayfest