FurJAM as an event has grown larger and larger over the last few years. After running into certain issues it was decided that we needed an official count that not only helps us gauge our numbers correctly, but allows us to easily work out shirt orders and food for the BBQ. It also gives us an easy reference for emergency situations, is a method of protection from people “ghosting” (turning up and claiming that they’re you), and makes the rules and regulations binding and fair to all.
What is FurJAM?
FurJAM is a large annual event held in Sydney, Australia.
Starting in 2004 as a one day meet, it has since grown - encompassing a full weekend and multiple venues rolled into one big social event.
From a few beers at the pub, to its famous Saturday BBQ; FurJAM is all about social networking, relaxing and having a lot of fun.
Hi guys! We’ve been getting a few questions lately about how FurJAM has changed, so we thought we’d put up a quick FAQ to answer a few of the most common ones, and give you a chance to ask a few of your own.
Q: So why do I have to register now? I’ve never had to before!
Q: And what’s the deal with prepayment? I prefer just paying at the door!
The option of a prepay scheme has been discussed by the organisers, and was agreed on for a few reasons. First of all, due to growing numbers we’ve had to handle an increasing amount of cash, which not only has been a security risk but also a nightmare to organise and keep track of.
Secondly, since all payments have been taken on the day, it has been up to the organisers to fund the costs of the event out of their own pockets up until now, some of us investing over $1000 and hoping that with tickets sales and donations that we’ll get our money back. This is stressful to say the least, and in some cases we’ve been lucky to get back the money we have spent only due to the generosity of a few of our attendees.
Lastly, due to us getting more and more people coming to FurJAM (you all rock for doing so btw) we’ve had to start finding larger and better venues to host our events. This is Sydney. Finding an event area that’s centralised and easy to get to is neither easy nor cheap. It requires paying costs up front, promising minimum spends and even agreeing to penalty payments if not enough people show up. The bigger the event, the bigger the risk, and prepayment gives us a little security regarding this.
Having a prepayment makes it fair for all, everyone pays for what they get, and we use that money to make sure you have fun.
Q: What if I want to come to the BBQ and not register? I can still go for free right?
The park is a public place. We won’t stop you from coming along if you believe you can’t afford a fee less than the cost of a McDonalds value meal. However you will not be invited to eat at the BBQ, you will be expected to provide your own drinks and you will not be able to use the fursuit change room facilities. You will not be considered or counted as part of FurJAM, and if you cause trouble the police will be called.
Q: What if I just turn up and ask to pay at the door at a night event?
You’ll be asked to leave, simple as that. If you don’t, venue security or the police will regrettably be called in to deal with the issue.
Q: Your rules aren’t fair!
That’s not a question nor is it something we’re concerned about.
Q: Well it just so happens I’m a friend of one of the organisers, and I’m also pretty popular around these parts, so I should just be able to walk in the door no questions asked right?
Ummmm... no. We don’t care if we’ve known you for a day, a week or twenty years. We don’t care if two people or a two hundred people in the fandom know your name. If you want to be part of FurJAM, you have to register on the website and pay the fee. No ifs, no buts and no exclusions.
Q: I don’t have a paypal account... so how can I pay?
Paypal also takes debit and credit card payments, so if you have one of those you can pay normally. If you have a friend who can pay on their Paypal account, we don’t mind if you give them the money and let them pay for you. If absolutely none of these options are available to you, you can email us to organise an alternate method of payment. Please be aware that if you do want to organise alternate payment, you will still be required to give us the same relevant details as registration and written agreement that you have read and agree to the rules and regulations.
Q: Are you guys a con now? Pre-rego and prepayment is a con thing!
No we are not a con, we have no plans to be a con. Australia already has enough official conventions, so we’re happy to stay an official not-a-convention.
As stated, pre-registration and prepayment are simply ways to make the event easier to organise and fairer to all involved.
Q: Do I need a fursuit to attend FurJAM?
No. We do not know where this question comes from but we would like to put it to rest. Nobody has ever needed a fursuit to participate in FurJAM or any event/convention Australia-wide.
Make sure you check our Venues and Events pages to find out which places are fursuit friendly, and use common sense and dress appropriately for the events otherwise. (Sunscreen, hat, correct shoes, etc)
Q: How do I order a shirt? Or how do I change my order?
Pretty simple. Once your have registered on the FurJAM website you can go back to the register tab and order your shirts from there. If you get your order wrong email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set things straight for you.
Q: Is there a time limit to register? I’m indecisive and leave things to the last minute!
If you want a shirt or one of the cool badges we’ll be revealing soon, then yes there is a time limit. Shirt cut off date is on the Friday on the second week of August, badges not too long after so get in now people!
Q: I’m an artist and I generally only go to events if there’s a dealer's den, how are you catering for me?
The organisers at FurJAM have discussed multiple options regarding this, as it has been a question asked by several people. While we did have ideas to run a smaller dealer’s den set up during Saturday Night, lack of interest and timeframe made it a hard sell, since we can’t run a multi-day trader’s area.
Instead, we’ve come to an agreement that artists and traders can bring limited wares to FurJAM to sell with no cost incurred, provided they follow the rules outlined on our Rules page.
Q: Can I has free rego?
No... No you cannot. Why do people feel the need to ask this? Everyone pays, even the organisers have paid rego... so no you can’t has free rego. Bring it up again and you’re likely to incur the wrath of the ban hammer.
And with that... it’s over to you guys. Questions can be replied to on any of our social media pages or by contacting us at email@example.com.
Here’s a brief history of FurJAM - all the years we’ve been around, since the very beginning.
For the first time ever and due to record numbers the previous year, FurJAM this year began to look into expanding to larger venues for its attendees. While it was a gamble to add much larger expenses, the organisers were amazed when the final tally came to 247 registered attendees (not including minors), a truly wonderful show of support from the Australian furry community! The ever popular Harlequin Inn was the destination for Friday night party goers, followed by an all new riverside venue for Saturday’s infamous BBQ.
Cahill Park proved a good choice and quickly gained widespread approval from attendees. The main event was held at the Mercure Sydney International Airport Hotel on Saturday Night, with a massive ballroom and dance floor, open plan bar, chill out area for gaming and relaxation and possibly the largest headless lounge of any Australian event!
Sunday rounded off the year with a return to the Palace Hotel for farewell drinks and M9 Laser Tag and Bowling for those with the energy for a last hurrah for FurJAM 2016.
This was the first year FurJAM introduced a new Pre-registration system and although tentative to start, the organisers were pleasantly surprised by how easily the community embraced the concept, with a mammoth 224 registrations by the end of the event and a new and improved FurJAM website!
Once again, we were hosted by Harlequin Inn on Friday night and returned to Sydney Park on Saturday for a massive BBQ. Saturday Night saw us at the King Street Brewhouse in prime position on Darling Harbour, and after Sunday’s choose your own adventure day, furries made their way the the Helm Bar in Darling Harbour for a few last drinks and a farewell to FurJAM 2015.
This year saw the Friday night event shift to the Harlequin Inn in Pyrmont, who graciously gave up their entire top floor for FurJAM revellers, and after a quiet start were pleasantly surprised when by 10pm the bar was packed by close to 170 furs!
The following day, furs once again descended on Sydney Park for the all important BBQ and fursuiting, and then made their way to Mascot to the Saturday night venue, the Manhattan Bowling centre. What followed was the first ever FurJAM bowling competition followed by a night of good pizza, dancing and games.
Sunday was the first year the choose your own adventure day was trialled, with some furs opting to lie in and reflect on partying the previous night away and others simply enjoying Sydney or hitting up the MTG comp and games day in Roseville.
Finally, events were brought to an end at the Palace Hotel in the very heart of Sydney with a quiet drink and a few farewells.
The Occidental this year was cram packed, everybody packing in to meet and enjoy each others company, once again absolutely destroying the minimum spend.
A huge shaking up of locations didn’t stop a big showing of furry bodies to Sydney Park on saturday morning either, for a day of fun and games in the sun!
Following that, everyone made their way to this years' - albeit rough at first - saturday night location, Marrickville Bowling club, where everyone enjoyed a bistro dinner followed by some games and dance.
Brushing off the dust from the night before, a few came on sunday to bowl and relax on darling harbour before the entire weekend was wrapped up at the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel for a night of free pool, drinking and balcony farewells.
120 furs crammed into the ESLC for FurJAM’s 8th year, making it another record breaking attendance!
Also, the best display of fursuit dancing endurance, with 2 hours of non stop rave. But not before we packed The Occidental on friday night. Then following that up with a huge day of suiting and the traditional bbq at the park.
All in all, another relaxed meet, greet and catch up for Sydney’s furry community. Not forgetting a few cold beers on the side!
With a record breaking 100 attendees from around Australia, this year’s FurJAM got off to a flying start. Highlights such as a huge night at Forresters Pub where everyone smashed the minimum spend made this FurJAM one of the best seen so far.
Once again Saturday this year, we descended upon Centennial Park in numbers, with fursuiters surprising onlookers and fellow park goers. Through heavy rain at the end of the day, everyone quickly made their annual journey to ESLC. Dancing, music, games and some classic stand-up from Anthrax was all had in generous amounts.
Sunday then started with a Scavenger hunt. After which we all met up and walked to The Docks for a meal and a few last drinks.
Another FurJAM followed through successfully for this year organised by Ray Liehm with some assistance from the community.
A gathering for a booked room at the Rose began the enticing weekend from within a calm and friendly atmosphere. The weekend rocked off with fun and games in Centennial Park with a cooked lunch followed by the numbers flowing into ESLC for some dinner, fursuiting, card games and even raving. Sunday was committed to some morning laser tag, a successful and adventurous scavenger hunt, and some drinks and dinner at the docks, all based at Darling Harbour.
The 2009 FurJAM meet was again organised by Aussie Husky, and saw the development of an improved website.
Events included ten-pin bowling in Darling Harbour, dinner at Pancakes on the Rocks, a trip to Taronga Zoo and a room party at the University of New South Wales.
The meet was well received by attendees, and proceeding without major incident despite several earlier organisational disruptions, including the loss of all website registrations in the previous June.
In 2008 Alexander initially began planning events but with little time left and suffering from personal issues AussieHusky stepped in and finished planning the event. 2008 saw other changes with FurJAM shirts and badges available to attendees.
Events included LazerForce, Ferry Trips, Manly Aquarium, Water Slides and a picnic in Centennial park with cooking and art competitions, FurJAM’08 had just over 60 attendees.
After Flaydramon and Anakaine decided not to organise FurJAM’07 AussieHusky stepped in and began planning altering the layout of the event to match other Australian meets by making it a three day event.
Events included Taronga Zoo, Newtown Food Festival, a tour of The Rocks, and a picnic in the Botanical Gardens with just over 40 attendees.
FurJAM did not occur this year, Flaydramon and Anakaine initially began planning but due to personal committments had to withdraw from the event.
Once again FurJAM was organised by RubberFox and Anakaine, It to was a one day event and saw a total of 70 attendees.
Originally a one day event organised by Anakaine and RubberFox, FurJAM’04 had 46 attendees with events including Paddy’s Markets, The Rocks and Darling harbour with the evening ending at RubberFoxes house.