The city of Barcelona (Spain) has won the right to hold Eurocon 2016. The result was announced this weekend at Shamrokon.
The Guests of Honor will be writers Aliette de Bodard (France), Richard Morgan (UK), fan organizer Jun Miyazaki (Hungary), and artist Enrique Corominas (Spain).
The con committee is led by Pep Burillo (Chair), publisher and bookstore owner Alejo Cuervo, author Ian Watson, and event organizers Cristina Macía, Ana Díaz Eirizm Oskar Arias (von Arien), Lupe Lorenzana, Raquel Lozano Álvarez, Ismael Ávalos Pérez, and Miquel Codony.
Barcelona is bidding for the 2016 Eurocon.
I learned from the Barcelona in 2016 website —
Spanish SFF fans proudly call themselves Freaks—spelled Friquis, or Frikis. There’s even an area of Barcelona dedicated to fandom called The Friqui Triangle.
The Eurocon would be held together with the Spanish national convention, Hispacon. The 2016 edition has been dubbed BCon (for Barcelona Con) According to the website:
Most English speakers will pronounce this Beacon, as in lighthouse. Spanish speakers will tend to pronounce it bacon, as in breakfast or on pizzas.
The 2016 Eurocon site will be voted on at Shamrokon in Dublin this August.