Brickvention Melbourne 2022
After a virtual meeting in 2021 due to COVID, Brickvention 2022 happened in the flesh this year with meeting, greeting and the public invited once again to wander among an expansive display of LEGO mocs and exhibits. The usual venue of the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton was unavailable this time while still being used as a Covid vaccination center. In its place, Brickvention was moved to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park.
The scaled-down “live” 2022 Brickvention was still able to squeeze in a four-day Thursday-Sunday program of events and displays, with the ticketed public attending over the weekend. Crowds were down, of course, but those who braved the pandemic this time and not the traffic were treated to many high-quality AFOL builds that rivaled Brickventions past.
Personally, we were unable to attend this year due to Covid restrictions, but felt necessary to do our best to document the event from what we could gather. Reports were that in all categories – exhibitors, AFOL design and builders, commercial sellers, the attending public – the turnout was less. But the enthusiasm was off the charts as most at Brickvention were thrilled to finally leave their houses and get back to building and enjoying LEGO after a near dormant Covid-restrained two years. Brickvention 2022 was a howling success, all things considered.
Cris Ruhr and Nicole McDonald MC'd the program this year and Andrea Lansley headed the committee. The volunteer committee did all they could to put together a level of resurrected normalcy, and that was reflected in the outstanding displays built again by those in attendance. Even the Friday night hi-jinx entertainment and cocktail hour was repeated.
All in all, Brickvention is back and for those who love LEGO and fun and hospitality as well, this will remain a wonderful event that’s never too far away to consider a visit during our (US) winter (their summer). Hopefully that will be next year and for many thereafter. Here is a sampling of that outstanding program Brickventures and the Brickvention steering committee were able to put together.
The crowds were much smaller, but the displays were still impressive at Brickvention 2022.
Sponsors and organizers of Brickvention 2022. (L to R) Michael Plowright, Nicole McDonald, Steve Ready, Jason Chicon, Annaleise Ronzan, Andrea Lansley, Chris Ruhr, and Travis Matheson.
The massive Melbourne Opera House represented here in LEGO bricks.
OK, guess who. Who is represented in this impressive large-scale mosaic all in 1x1 bricks? Any ideas? So, click on it to find out.
The Sidney Opera in LEGO brick.
This Space Station looks like something out of Star Wars 2022.
Ready to invade: these space blasters seem ready for intergalactic intervention.
Oriental pagoda a masterfully designed MOC with plenty of color and extreme detail.
Brickvention hosted ample breakout groups for a variety of programs.
The entire AFOL community assembled for Brickvention 2022, ready for their close-up! AFOLs in blue, Organizing Committee members in red.
The 2022 Brickvention is underway . . .
Chris Ruhr and Travis Matheson get the program started.
'A Man and his Castle'
This AFOL builder shows a well-earned castle keep.
Downtown Traffic on a busy afternoon
Melbourne city center.
Note: Thanks to Alec Mead, the "Rock Doc" who in addition to being a good friend is also a great photographer. Appreciate the loan of his great photos.