FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
How do I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased from the Eventbrite ticketing page. Tickets are not yet on sale.

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Will there be different levels of ticketing as per the 2012 Convention?
Yes, there will be Gold Passes (which give access to the best seating) and Silver Passes. Both provide access to the full weekend of speaker presentations, and include the Convention opening and entertainment on Friday night.

Neither pass provides access to the Gala Dinner on Saturday night, for which tickets must be purchased separately.

Details of ticketing can be found on the Tickets page.
I’ve bought a ticket; how do I get my Pass?
You must redeem your ticket for a physical pass at the registration desk to gain entry to the Convention.

The pass is required to be worn at all times during the Convention. event.

Registration will be open from 4:00pm Friday 9 February in the foyer of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 8:00am Saturday, and from 8:30am Sunday.

Attendees who purchase a concession ticket must provide proof of either current concession status at the time of registration, or evidence such status at the time the ticket was purchased. If such proof is not provided, payment of the difference between the concession price paid and the full price on the day of registration will be required, before a pass will be provided.

Eligible concessions are Companion Card, Pensioner Concession Card, HealthCare Card or full-time student card. Seniors Cards are not eligible.
Will there be day passes for the Convention?
Depending on ticket sales and subject to finalisation of the program, day passes may be offered closer to the time of the convention.

However, there is no assurance that day tickets will be offered and, as Gold Passes have sold out at previous conventions, if day passes are offered they are not likely to be in the premium seating areas.
I have a Gold/Silver Pass. Does that cover the Gala Dinner?
No, the Gala Dinner on Saturday night is ticketed separately, so if you would like to attend the dinner you need to buy a Gala Dinner Pass.
What is the dress code for the Gala Dinner?
We do not have a strict dress code for the Gala Dinner, so you can choose between smart casual and formal.
When will a program be available?
A full program will be made available closer to the Convention date.
Can I get a reduced ticket price if I provide my own catering?
No, all ticket prices include catering. Because of the large number of presenters, the break times need to be run efficiently and it would not be practical for attendees to seek food & beverages outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during the break times.

In addition, given the number of attendees and the planned location of the catering, it is not practical for us to distinguish between those who have paid for catering and those who have not.
How does seating work for the Gala Dinner? Can I nominate to sit with certain people?
Seating will be allocated for the Gala Dinner on tables of 10 people. Tickets purchased together will be situated on the same table.

Details regarding requests for table allocations for people who have not purchased tickets together will be provided at a later date, however, the simplest way to ensure you sit with those you want to sit with is to purchase Gala Dinner Passes together.
Will all the presenters from the Convention be attending the Gala Dinner?
In addition to the acts providing Gala Dinner entertainment, it is expected that most, if not all, speakers will be attending the dinner. Confirmation will be made nearer to the event.
Can I get my book signed by my favourite presenter(s)? Will I have the opportunity to buy books to have signed when I am there?
At this stage we envisage some presenters will make time available for book signings and we are currently making arrangements for books to be available to buy at the Convention.

We will provide further details once arrangements are finalised.
I would like to interview a particular presenter(s); how do I do this?
You may email an interview request to Media Enquiries.

Please provide details of the person you wish to interview, the method of interview (e.g. in person, Skype, phone, email), any specific topics you would like to cover and how you intend to publish the interview. All requests will be evaluated and any interview will be subject to the presenter's availability.
Can the Atheist Foundation of Australia help me get my Australian visa to attend the Convention?
If required for visa purposes, once you have purchased a ticket for the Global Atheist Convention, the Atheist Foundation of Australia would be pleased to provide a letter that confirms your ticket purchase and invites you to attend the Convention.

Attendees should investigate whether or not they require a visa to visit Australia, the visa application process and timing well ahead of the Convention.
Can I bring a camera / take photos at the Global Atheist Convention?
You may bring a camera to the Global Atheist Convention and take photos. However, please be considerate and do not take photos with a flash while any presenter is speaking, as it can be very distracting for the presenter and the audience.

If any presenter requests no photography at all during their presentation the MC will announce that prior to the presentation, and we ask attendees to respect the presenters’ wishes.
Can I film the Global Atheist Convention?
No, to protect the copyright of the presenters and the Atheist Foundation of Australia no filming, whether on video cameras, mobile phones or other devices, is permitted.
What is the Convention’s refund policy?
Please choose your ticket carefully as all ticket sales are final. If you have purchased a ticket but are no longer able to attend the Convention no refund is available. In the unlikely event the Convention is cancelled, or a refund is required by law, liability is limited to a refund of the purchase price only.

Tickets are transferable, so you may sell your ticket to another person, if you are no longer able to attend.
Am I allowed to bring a bag to the Convention?
You may bring a handbag or small backpack (one that can easily be stored under your seat during the presentations) to the Convention.

However, larger bags are not permitted. Larger bags may be stored in the Melbourne Convention Centre cloakroom (no charge), near the Porte Cochere entrance, please see the nearby Customer Service Desk for assistance.
Can I hand out flyers or other materials at the Global Atheist Convention?
No, only exhibitors that have made arrangements with the Global Atheist Convention in advance are permitted to hand out flyers or other materials at the Global Atheist Convention.
I have a Seniors Card – am I eligible for a concession ticket?
No, Seniors Cards are not eligible for concession tickets
What constitutes a concession card?
Eligible concessions are Companion Card, Pensioner Concession Card, HealthCare Card or full-time student card. Seniors card holders are not eligible.

Attendees who purchase a concession ticket must provide proof of either current concession status at the time of registration, or evidence such status at the time the ticket was purchased. If such proof is not provided, payment of the difference between the concession price paid and the full price on the day of registration will be required, before a pass will be provided.
Am I allowed to bring signs/banners/placards to the Convention?
No. Signs, banners or placards are likely to disrupt the presenters and interfere with viewing by other audience members and are not permitted at the Convention
Will there be a child minding facility at the MCEC?
No, it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make their own arrangement for child minding.
Is the Victorian Government funding part of the Global Atheist Convention because of atheism?
No. The funding from the Victorian Government has nothing to do with religion or otherwise. The funding is a commercial arrangement, which benefits the AFA and the State of Victoria.

If the Convention were a science, basket weaving or toy manufacturers’ convention and fulfilled the necessary criteria for funding, such funding would be received also.
Will there be free WiFi at the Convention?
Absolutely! So feel free to blog, tweet, and Facebook update away.
Can the Atheist Foundation of Australia remove people from the MCEC premises and surrounding areas who are disorderly or disruptive?
Yes, in line with the principle that all attendees as entitled to enjoy the Convention in relative peace and usual expectations at such venues, the Atheist Foundation of Australia reserves the right to remove persons from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and surrounding areas while the Convention (including the Saturday Night Gala Dinner) is in progress if such person is behaving in a manner that is disorderly or disruptive towards other attendees.