Let's have our facts first:
2pm— became 5pm, and 5pm became 6pm as finally the event started. Started, as in we were finally allowed inside the tent that held a stage, lots of chairs for audiences and about 7 to 8 booths at most.
The venue was accessible, there were a lot of food choices, and some of the event organizers were really nice. The international guests couldn’t be grander. And the exhibitors were what you'd expect in normal conventions. There were cute little trinkets, some wigs and even a milk tea stand that didn't rip you off.
So all was well? NO.
As already stated, it started quite late. Aside from that, they weren’t that organized. The chocolate fountain was only available at about 8pm or so. And the activities were incomplete. There’s also the whole ticketing system— there is nearly no difference between photographer, regular goers and VIP’s.
There was also a HUGE LACK of the food, chocolate fountain, wine and tea as well as the mini events they had supposedly planned for their guests. Everyone just had shoots of their own and kept to themselves. It was only at the end that everyone finally gathered to the main tent when the international guests were interviewed.
My biggest complaint:
Anyway, I went there for the DRAWING CONTEST. Which never happened, I registered online, and waited and asked, and asked, and asked when it would start up until 9pm, I had my drawing materials ready with me – and then they finally told me that no one else had registered. I brought art materials. My beloved sets of pencils and sakura poster paints all wrapped up and placed in a canister just for the sake of it.
What usually happens when an event has no registrants?
Or at the least, you told me beforehand that there was no longer a chance that they would continue. They had a way to know this. They also had a way to ADVERTISE it. What happened was they CANCELLED the event. Just flat out forgot about it.
They obviously advertised the guests and their meet and greet, as well as the merchandise— why not THAT event.
So what now?
I am never going back to that place for any type of event. It's full of restaurants, and the venue ain't worth the money. And if the event is something new? I will not dare waste time and go. What's more is I will never go (if they do have another for next year) to Amore A Venezia ever again.