Last night, we had our regular organiser chat. As well as our plans for this meet, we also discussed the future direction of Birmingham Furs.
We’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time. Our meets, much like the furry fandom itself, have grown larger, and we now attract at least 80 furs each month, we’re larger than many conventions. This presents a number of challenges for our meets, most of which you’re aware of (size of venue, finances, etc.) Despite all of that, we’ve got a great community here, and that’s what we want to build upon.
Therefore, we have two proposals.
The first is to set up Birmingham Furs as a not-for-profit, limited company. This is the same way that Confuzzled, Londonfurs and Bristol Furs run. You won’t need to ‘join the company’ or anything like that. However, it does mean we will be a legally recognised group for the first time, with a separate identity, and it will also show to host venues that we’re an organised, recognised group.
The second is some restructure of the meets themselves. The meets as they currently run will continue, just to be clear. However, alongside those, we propose running four, larger, meets, based around our three key events (Park Party, Halloween, Christmas), plus a fourth meet in spring. They will be one-day events, and we will be asking for a contribution from each attendee, amount to be confirmed. In return, we can consider a far wider range of spaces, for use by Birmingham Furs and Birmingam Furs only: conference centres, hotels, places whose very lifeblood are events such as ours, and who know how to create a special, tailor-made experience. We can look at the Holiday Inn (BCEC), the Novotel, the Barclaycard Arena, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the Custard Factory, and many more besides! We can offer more food, expand our Artist Alley, organise dances and DJs… the possibilities are endless!
This idea is still in its infancy, and will take several months to get up and running. Until then, the meets will carry on as normal. However all of us organisers support this idea, and it's a discussion which all of us attendees need to begin. With the chance for us all to create something truly unique and special, we’d love to get you guy on board too. So if you have any questions, or indeed suggestions for getting this idea off the ground, please get in touch.
We’ll see you around!
The Birmingham Furs team