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During the weekend of Aug 24~25, 2019, the third AFOL Festival was hosted at Shanghai, China. Participating RLUGs: China LUG, LELEZHEN LUG, Heros Club LUG, SHLUG, Canton LUG, Hong Kong Brick Rail and Brickinside Participating RLFM: MOCOZONE, Wooden Duck This year we have 130+ AFOLs across the country and 4 friends from Korea participated this BIG DAY event, and have thousands of public visitors in two days. Compare with year one and two, our AFOL family in China is growing bigger and faster than we thought. The exhibition was hosted at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, located on People's Square, Shanghai, adjacent to the municipal government building. Paul Huang, General Manager of LEGO China, made an opening speech at AFOL Festival. This year we see many more high quality MOCs were brought to the event. Mr Stuart Harris from LEGO Group made speech about LEGO house, and answered many questions from fans who are curious about the place. We also have Donny joined this party, who is the first LEGO Ideas 10K club member from mainland China. And he also made a presentation about his experience of his LEGO IDEAS project. Besides exhibition, we also have many interesting games at the party. One of my favorite game is MOC competition based on parts from one existing LEGO Set. This lovely rooster is created by parts from LEGO Creator 3in1 Set 31088 by @Jiayuan Xu Mr Harris visited my booth and took photo with me. 1st CN ambassadors gathering. Finally, thanks to all volunteers, all people who helped with this big party! Without help from all of you there will never be so great memory for us!
I am super excited to announce on behalf of the AFOL Festival committee that the event this year is confirmed to be shipped on Aug 24-25 in Shanghai, China. This year, the event will be held in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (SUPEC) which is located in the center of the city and in approx. 500m distance to the People Square LEGO Flagship Store. The event is a joint effort from all five recognized communities in mainland China and our local LCP, @Prince Jiang. It grows from a sixty participants event to a hundred in one year, and we are expecting another breakthrough for 2019. Being on its journey for 3 years in a row, I just love how simple it is. You get to see many different sizes and types of LEGO MOCs and you get to meet a full room of people who are so passionate about the LEGO hobby. What they need, is your participation. The registration starts today until 1st of August, but it can be fully booked anytime as the venue can only afford to hold 150 AFOL exhibitors. As a good courtesy from oriental, the committee has prepared super cool gifts for all participants. So don't hesitate to call your friends and get your signup done as early as possible. If you can read Chinese, please go ahead and register from here: http://afolfestival.cn/?page_id=4932 If you don't, please also feel free to send an email in English to the committee via firstname.lastname@example.org with what you would like to bring for display. They will give you warm welcome and necessary guidance on how to participate. More workshops and activities will be announced on its website (http://afolfestival.cn/) and I believe it has a Facebook account too. For those who are just interested in visiting, the ticketing information will be announced in a later stage, so stay tuned. Just two quick event pictures from previous years, we look forward to having you here in 2019! Futuristic City Project by Heroes Club Chinese Opera brickheadz by leinhardt
It has been three weeks since the 2nd AFOL Festival taken place in Aug 11-12, but the heat is still around. People were still talking about it, some even started to plan the exhibits for next year. As for a year two baby, the accomplishment was amazing. The event attracts 100+ AFOL participants (vs. 60+ in LY), in which 20 of them made their own trip from outside of mainland China incl. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Philippines. In the post event survey, the participation NPS goes beyond 9.5 which is absolutely impressive. Here allow me to express my upmost gratitude to the event organizer and committee who made this happen. Now, let's together take a look back at those stunning MOCs and other cool activities during the event. Geng, drove 20 hours from Beijing to Shanghai with his stylish buildings. These are actually one-third of what he built at home. Robin and his proposing gift for his fiancée Michelle. Such a romantic Technic creation that has done its work perfectly. Lu Sim and PHLUG members brought their mecha and Marvel Brickheadz creations. TonyToy with his Brickheadz creations featuring WOW characters. (of course my favorite ;p) The above three photos are all belong to one collaborative project led by Heroes Club "Futuristic City". Incredible details and amazing story in it. Given the length of the blog, I have to stop here but there are many more stunning MOCs on the event. If you are interested, please check out the post by AFOL Festival here. A bird view at the crowd. It was impressive to have so many visitors with limited promotion and distant location. Truly dedication! Also, we are also lucky to have Carl Merriam from the LEGO Design Team flying over from Billund, Denmark to visit the event and engage with the community. He made the workshops to talk about how he became a LEGO designer and touched about the fun stories in the design process. At the end of each session, he showed the AFOLs how to use LEGO bricks to build a huge toothbrush in a way that it's strong enough to carry and play. Event concluded in two days, but the fun continues. We brought a group of 80 AFOLs to the LEGO Jiaxing Factory for a unique AFOL tour and some additional building activity. Looks familiar? It's exactly a mosaic replica of the LEGO Jiaxing Set (mosaic designed by Prince Jiang). At last, a few reflection from myself. Having the event like this and many other awesome AFOL events in the world, the community is evolving like a big family. Border and language are never the issue for AFOLs to share, inspire and grow. TLG is so blessed to have such an amazing community who loves the brand so much and exactly represents what the company is standing for - creativity, fun, imagination, learning, caring and quality. I hope to see more of you next year! (photo credit to Frankfox) For more behind the scenes news and other articles follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page.
untilThis is our second year of doing AFOL Festival in mainland China. We will have more than 70 local AFOLs and 20 AFOLs outside from mainland China participating in this event. Please find more details in our official website: http://afolfestival.cn/?lang=en.