The beautiful Hunter Valley; home to some of Australia’s , historic townships, picture perfect scenery… and this year, home to Paracon 2014.
Paracon is quite possibly the most exciting weekend in the Paranormal calendar. Australia’s only Paranormal convention is being held this year in the historic – and apparently thoroughly haunted – Maitland Gaol.
Over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of May the gaol will play host to an exciting array of local and international speakers lined up by director Alex Cayas from the Ghosts of Oz.
“Paracon Australia is by far one of the most interesting projects I’ve been handed.” Alex told me earlier this week. He believes that the infamous gaol is the perfect location for Paracon to visit.
“[Paracon] grew from the same space as projects like Ghosts of Oz; It must be informative, it must be a little awe provoking, and most importantly it must be fun. The energy is very similar. “
Which quite possibly explains why the talks are being held in such ironic areas of the gaol.
Each of the talks during the weekend will be held in either the B-Wing, the Auditorium or the Chapel of the gaol itself. The Chapel and the B-Wing – ironically – being two of the gaol’s paranormal hotspots.
“[Paracon] … is a meeting place for all us paranormal people. When it was gifted to me I knew I had a responsibility to keep that energy alive and to make it of value not as the best paranormal event but instead the best in what is in an already amazing line up of paranormal and spiritual events that happen across Australia.”
The lineup of guest speakers this year ranges from our own homegrown experts speaking on UFOs, Mediumship, Yowies and Timetravel to our Ghost-Hunting New Zealand neighbors and internationally renowned researchers and investigators Dr. Ciaran O’Keefe, Ben Hansen and Jeff Belanger.
On getting Dr. O’Keefe to speak at Paracon, Alex says that he has been a pleasure to work with. Always of the belief that “it’s always no unless you ask”, Alex was thrilled when the Parapsychologist agreed to come and speak at Paracon this year.
“I strongly feel that the Aussie Paranormal scene is blooming right now. I feel my job as Paracon Australia Director is to showcase this and inspire more of it. Watch out Australia there are some awesomely spooky things to come!”
At the moment, earlybird prices for entry to Paracon have been extended until the 9th of March. A two-day pass – including entry to the gaol and admission to all talks – is only $100. Tickets won’t last long, so be sure to grab tickets before they go!
Tickets to Paracon can be purchased from http://www.paraconaustralia.com.