Vodacom rAge Expo 2019

Vodacom rAge is South Africa’s biggest annual video gaming, computer, technology and geek culture exhibition.

Over the course of the weekend tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans descend on the venue for three days of gaming, technology, gadgets, and geek lifestyle entertainment.

You can buy new games and consoles, chat with local comic book artists, or take selfies with your favourite cosplayers. The show is a glimpse into the future and it has always been about trying out new things and getting some hands-on time before you make your purchasing decisions. Many call it the event of the year, where you can escape your reality for a single day or even the whole weekend. Sound like fun? Vodacom rAge will sledgehammer your heart and ignite your imagination!

Vodacom rAge provides a platform to touch and feel, try and experiment. It is the place to go each year to see all the latest goodies presented in an accessible way and be surrounded by people who all share the same passion.

 

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FAQ – Visitors

Vodacom rAge is South Africa’s award-winning video gaming, technology and geek culture exhibition, and will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg from 27-29 September 2019.

The NAG LAN is South Africa’s largest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN, where gamers spend 52-hours playing games with and against each other on the same network. The NAG LAN is an event that is held at Vodacom rAge every year, and a separate ticket will need to be purchased (i.e. a Vodacom rAge Expo ticket will not give you access into the NAG LAN). Tickets for the NAG LAN in 2019 are all sold out.

Tickets are on sale now! You can buy tickets online and at the door. NAG LAN tickets are all sold out.

By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct, Admissions Policy and our expo rules.

Vodacom rAge will be held at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate from the 27-29 September 2019.

Vodacom rAge Expo: Friday 10h00-18:00 | Saturday 09h00-18h00 | Sunday 09h00-16h00.

The NAG LAN opens at 07h00 on Friday and closes at 15h00 on Sunday for General tickets. If you have a NAG LAN Super Pass, entry is from 18h00 on Thursday. 

Children under 6 are allowed free entry into the expo.

A weekend pass ticket gives you (1 person) access to the expo for all three days at a discounted price. Weekend Pass tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Ticketpro will not offer refunds on NAG LAN tickets in accordance with their refund policy: NO cancellations, refunds of unused tickets, changes, reprints or unpaid reservations can be made. Bookings are final and tickets are treated as CASH and cannot be replaced. Tickets for the NAG LAN are transferable so you can re-assign your ticket to a friend. 

Vodacom rAge is a family-friendly event so visitors of all ages are welcome to attend. Please do note that some gaming content on display at the various stands may be age restricted and not suitable for minors.

There is no age restriction for the NAG LAN but we do suggest that young minors to be accompanied/supervised by an adult.

Parents are welcome to assist their children to settle in at the LAN and will be issued a Parent Pass wristband upon arrival.

The venue charges an additional fee for parking in some areas. This cost (R25) is not included in your Vodacom rAge Expo ticket price.

A detailed list of everything you need to know about the do’s and dont’s in the LAN can be found in our NAG LAN FAQ. If you’ve never been to the NAG LAN before this video will give you a really good idea of what to expect.

Everybody is welcome to take pictures or video at the expo, but do note that some exhibitors may not allow photography or filming of their games on display and you may be asked to refrain from taking photos or filming.

Should you wish to attend the expo as accredited media, please do so by registering via the Press Accreditation link. Please note that Press Passes are not transferable and will only be issued in accordance with the application procedures and requirements. 

The GES Vodacom rAge Expo Cosplay Contest information and rules can be found here

You are more than welcome to come dressed up as your favourite character, but please do keep the following things in mind before selecting your outfit:

(1) Vodacom rAge is a family-friendly event so we don’t allow cosplay that is revealing, explicit, lewd, pornographic or overtly sexual and inappropriate in any way. If we do find your outfit to be offensive we will have you escorted off the premises;

(2) No functional props or weapons are permitted at the venue – we don’t allow knives, swords, spears or guns of any kind. Any items found to be of a dangerous nature or have the potential to injure someone will be confiscated by security and only be returned to you when you leave; 

(3) Cosplay Is Not Consent – harassment of any kind, including stalking, deliberate intimidation, unwelcome physical attention, physical assault and battery, will not be tolerated at Vodacom rAge. If it’s illegal outside the venue, it’s illegal inside the venue. Harassment and intimidation is grounds for removal from the expo without refund as well as potential legal action. We want Vodacom rAge to be a safe, open and accepting environment for all fans, so please report any harassment to GES or the Organisers Office.

If you would like to enter the GES Vodacom rAge Expo Cosplay Contest you can find all the info here

If this is your first time attending Vodacom rAge you should check out our Video Gallery to watch videos from previous events. You can also browse our Photo Gallery. Both of the galleries will give you a very good idea of what Vodacom rAge is and why you HAVE to be there!

No but you can make use of Uber or other local taxi services.

We do offer a group discount if you are a teacher arranging a class trip on Friday (27 September) on behalf of a school or college. Please email us for more information on how to book.

University students qualify for a student discount on Friday upon presentation of your valid student card. 

Student Pass – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only upon presentation of valid student card)

Scholar/School Groups – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only for school group bookings)

A Family Pass ticket is available to purchase at the door.

Family Pass – R540 per family (ticket valid for one day for 2 adults + 2 children aged between 6 & 18)

Tickets purchased from a third party (i.e. you didn’t purchase it yourself directly via this website) may be invalid and you could be refused entry. Every barcode is unique – if you arrive at our registration desk/counter and the barcode has already been scanned, you will be declined entry.

All tickets purchased are non-refundable.

Yes we will be back again next year for #18yearsofawesome from 2-4 October 2020! 

Vodacom rAge Expo and the NAG LAN BYOC is a family-friendly event and the safety of all our visitors, exhibitors, gamers and staff is a top priority. If anyone is found to be in violation of the rules listed below, you will immediately be escorted out of the event by security, have your access badge/wristband removed, and will not be permitted to enter again. If you see anyone violating the Code of Conduct, please go to the Organisers Office and report this behaviour immediately.

Weapons – attendees are prohibited from bringing weapons of any kind in to the TicketPro Dome. Security reserves the right to search all visitors, exhibitors, gamers and staff upon entry, and any weapons found will be confiscated and retained, and returned to you after you exit the venue.

Drugs – illegal substances are not allowed to be bought/sold or used at Vodacom rAge Expo.

Alcohol – under-age drinking is not permitted. If any person who is under the influence of alcohol is found to be interfering with any other person and their ability to enjoy the event, they will be escorted off the premises by security.

Theft – theft or stealing of items or goods is strictly prohibited at Vodacom rAge Expo.

Harassment/Abuse/Discrimination – harassment, abuse and discrimination of any kind relating to but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, nationality, age or religion, will not be tolerated at Vodacom rAge Expo. This includes, but is not limited to, verbal and physical abuse, bullying, discrimination, threats of violence, ‘trolling’, stalking, filming or photographing any people against their wishes, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention and lewd behaviour.

Cosplay Is Not Consent – harassment of any kind towards cosplayers, including stalking, deliberate intimidation, unwelcome physical attention, physical assault and battery, will not be tolerated at Vodacom rAge. When taking photos of cosplayers, their permission must be requested, and their consent must be given before proceeding.

Cosplay costumes/outfits – Vodacom rAge Expo is a family-friendly event and all cosplay costumes and outfits must be appropriate for all ages. Clothing and props may not be revealing, sexual, obscene, pornographic or contain explicit and crude language.

Age restrictions – there are some games, activities, and areas that are open only to over-18’s. In these instances you will be required to produce some form of identification (ID, passport, or driver’s licence). Failing to produce proof of age may restrict your access to certain areas and/or activities.

Filming/Photography – you are welcome to take pictures or video at Vodacom rAge, but do note that some exhibitors may not allow photography or filming of their games/products on display and you may be asked to refrain from taking photos or filming. Any footage or photographs taken by you are for your personal use only and are not to be used or exploited for any commercial purposes whatsoever.

Admissions – attendance of Vodacom rAge Expo and the NAG LAN is at your own risk, and by entering the event you agree not to hold its organizer, Instance Media (Pty) Ltd, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, subsidiaries or parent companies liable for any damage or distress incurred at the event. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry on any reasonable grounds.

Remember, if it’s illegal outside the venue, it’s illegal inside the venue. Violation of any of the above rules is grounds for immediate removal from the expo without refund as well as potential legal action. We want Vodacom rAge to be a safe, open, fun and accepting environment for all attendees.

FAQ – Exhibitors

Vodacom rAge is South Africa’s award-winning video gaming, technology and geek culture exhibition. Vodacom rAge will be held in Johannesburg from 27-29 September 2019.
The typical visitor is intelligent, connected, demanding and has a love for gadgets and interacting with the world in new and exciting ways. Vodacom rAge provides a platform for them to experiment with new games, tech and geeky endeavours for themselves. It’s the place to go each year to see all the latest goodies presented in an accessible way, and to be surrounded by people who all share the same passion.
Exhibitors can use this platform to speak directly to this exciting audience who are powering the fastest growing entertainment medium out there.

To exhibit at Vodacom rAge or to get more information on sponsorship opportunities that are available at this year’s expo, please e-mail us or call our office on (011) 704-2679 and a sales representative will be in contact with you.

Send us an e-mail and we’ll be in contact with pricing and additional information.

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