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The Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) returns to Abu Dhabi for 3 days of pop culture fun


Since its inception, the MEFCC has become one of the region’s most talked-about events, attracting thousands of visitors across the Middle East and beyond.

The 11th edition of the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC), the first and largest pop culture festival in the region, will take place from March 3 to 5, 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). It promises an even bigger spectacle than its highly successful 2022 event which attracted over 45,000 fans over three days.

Since its inception, the MEFCC has become one of the region’s most talked-about events, attracting thousands of visitors across the Middle East and beyond. The event showcases both regional and international entertainment and popular culture, including some of the world’s biggest brands in film, TV, sci-fi, animation, manga, comics, collectibles, and more.

On the first weekend of March, ADNEC will be transformed into the ultimate pop culture playground, as this year’s MEFCC promises an unforgettable experience for fans of anime, movies, comics, and gaming.

Get ready for three days of non-stop excitement featuring celebrity guests, thrilling esports tournaments, a cosplay competition, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and exclusive screenings.

But wait, it gets better! MEFCC has announced a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests that will thrill fans of all ages. Be prepared to meet and greet some of the biggest names in pop culture.

Headlining the list of celebrities is Matt Smith, the iconic British actor best known for his roles in “Doctor Who,” “The Crown,” “House of the Dragon,” and “Morbius.” Fans can look forward to meeting him in person, getting an autograph, and learning more about his impressive acting career.

Joining him is the highly talented Andy Serkis, who is renowned for his stunning motion capture performances in movies like “The Lord of the Rings,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Star Wars,” “Black Panther,” and “Batman.” Meet this multi-award-winning actor and director in person and get insights into his upcoming projects.

Also appearing at the event is May Calamawy, a rising star known for her standout performances in “Moon Knight” and “Ramy.” Fans can meet the talented Egyptian-Palestinian actress, get a selfie, and learn more about her experiences in the industry.

Jamie Campbell Bower will join in the fun as well. Famous for his roles in blockbuster franchises like “Harry Potter,” “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Twilight,” and the latest season of “Stranger Things,” the versatile actor will also rub elbows with his fans, give autographs, and share information on his latest projects.

“Star Wars” actor Anthony Daniels is also attending the event. This movie legend famous for his portrayal of C-3PO will be available to take pictures and create memories with fans while sharing his experiences in the galaxy far, far away.

The talented voice actor Christopher Sabat is another can’t-miss guest at the MEFCC. Sabat is best known for voicing several characters in anime series like “Dragon Ball,” “My Hero Academia,” and “One Piece.”

Fans of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” rejoice! Paige O’Hara, the talented actress who voiced Belle, will also participate in this year’s pop culture event.

That’s not all. Rounding out the lineup is Zach Aguilar, a rising star in the voice acting world known for his work in the anime series “Demon Slayer,” “Genshin Impact,” “Jojo Bizarre Adventures,” and “One Punch Man.” Meet the rising star, get an autograph, and learn more about his upcoming projects.

Prepare to be blown away at the biggest pop culture meet-and-greet in the region. Check the MEFCC schedule for more details about celebrity appearances.

In addition to the celebrity guests, Middle East Comic-Con attendees can also look forward to a wide range of exciting activities.

Visit the Artist Alley, an exhibition of artists that features both newbies and seasoned professionals, and enjoy live music, dance performances, and other exciting competitions at the Festival Plaza. You can also show off your creative skills and compete in the cosplay competition at Cosplay Central.

For gaming enthusiasts, head to the Gaming Arena, which will showcase new game launches, pro-style gaming tournaments, game shows, and demos. Cine Club is where movie buffs can enjoy exclusive screenings, meet fellow film community members, and engage in insightful fireside chats.

In addition to these exciting activities, the event will feature a diverse selection of vendors selling exclusive Comic Con merchandise and collectibles. Sharpen your senses and get ready to browse through an endless collection of pop culture-related merchandise and take home the most unique and exclusive souvenirs from the event.

MEFCC maintains its objectives of building a platform for regional talent, encouraging entrepreneurship, and connecting fans with creators and companies while bridging the gap between cultures and promoting the region to the wider world. It has become a landmark event in the regional events calendar.

Tickets to the MEFCC are available for purchase online, and there are various packages to choose from that offer different levels of access and perks.

VIP ticket holders will get the ultimate fan experience with autograph and photograph vouchers when meeting the stars, priority queues for all activities, early access to the event, front-row seating at Cine Club, and a VIP swag bag filled with MEFCC memorabilia. This package lets fans get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities and make unforgettable memories.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of the biggest pop culture event in the region. Be sure to check the official website for more information on the MEFCC location and directions on how to get there. Plan your visit in advance to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.