Programme & Events

Virtual CoNZealand Schedule

What’s Temporarily Different About the Virtual CoNZealand Schedule

CoNZealand is working with TFN to create a new, secure log in for the Virtual CoNZealand website. As a result, while you can view the Programme Guide, please be aware of the following:

  • Right now, even if you are an attending CoNZealand member, you cannot log into Grenadine through the Grenadine CoNZealand website yet. Since you cannot log in, you cannot sign up for certain programme items (Kaffeeklatsche and Workshops), you cannot see the “Join on Zoom” blue button on the detailed programme item page for any item and you cannot update your Profile at this time.
  • You can view the “Schedule”, the “Speakers” list and the “Event Information.”

Note:  Favoriting an item that requires sign up (which seems to be happening in some cases) is not the same thing as signing up for it.  We have no way to limit the number of people who favorite an item, which is why some items need the sign up feature.  If you have favorited a kaffeeklatsch or a workshop that you want to attend, you still must sign up for it once sign up is available.

We hope the new log in will be available by July 22, 2020 please keep an eye on your email box, the main programme page and the  Facebook CoNZealand 2020 Worldcon Community Group where we will let you know when the new log in is available and how to use it. At that time, you will be able to log into Grenadine and sign up for Kaffeeklatsche and Workshops.

Grenadine anticipates that CoNZealand members will be able to set their time zone in their profile just after the new log in for the Virtual CoMZealand is implemented. Their local time will appear on the detail pages for the programme items alongside the New Zealand Time for the item.  The Grenadine Mobile app for CoNZealand should also be available for download after the new log in is up.


What Is a Worldcon?

A Worldcon is five full days of activities celebrating science fiction and fantasy, bringing together
thousands of fans, writers, artists, editors and scientists from around the world. In addition to big events such as the Hugo Award Ceremony and the Masquerade, a Worldcon features hundreds of hours of panels and presentations. CoNZealand will have programme items and activities around a wide range of topics from art to gaming to writing  and everything in-between, all within the lens of science fiction/fantasy. Unique to CoNZealand, we will have programming about New Zealand, New Zealand SF and the National SF convention, Pasifika, and SF in the Pacific Rim. Our programme formats range from small group items (10 people) to large panels/presentations for hundreds of attendees. CoNZealand will start around noon on Wednesday, July 29 and end around 4pm on Sunday, August 2.

Unlike some conventions you may have attended, your membership fee includes all activities and exhibits. A small number of items (usually workshops) may have a materials fee.

It takes dozens of people from around the world months to build a Worldcon schedule and we are all volunteers. So a detailed schedule will not be available until early in July. But, in the meantime, check this page for general information about Events, special items with our Guests of Honor, and who have confirmed their appearance at CoNZealand.

Our main Events will take place on the following days:

  • Wednesday – Opening Ceremonies
  • Thursday – To Be Announced
  • Friday – Masquerade
  • Saturday – Hugo Awards Ceremony
  • Sunday – Closing Ceremonies

There will also be Retro Hugo awards, and various NZ Natcon items including the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, dates and times to be determined.

For more information on CoNZealand Programme, check our Programme page.

For a list of confirmed Participants, check the Confirmed Participants page.