Welcome to Brickfair 2020!

24 October 2020

Brickfair is the premier LEGO® fan event in South Africa held annually in Pretoria, and going online in 2020. 

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Paving new ways comes with great rewards but not without it’s challenges. We’ve had a number of our guests and visitors struggle with the ticketing process, and for this reason NO TICKET WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER BRICKFAIR 2020 on Saturday 24 October 2020.

Please expect a Zoom link to be published via our website, our Facebook page or our official WhatsApp chat group to join and enjoy the wonderful entries, amazing speakers and incredible creations.

About Brickfair

Brickfair has become an institution in South Africa, with visitors and exhibitors travelling from all the corners of the country to take part in this flagship annual event. Brickfair 2019 had a rocky start, but proved to be the most successful of all the Brickfair events to date.  For Brickfair 2020, the organisers were hoping for a smooth road, but global challenges almost meant no event at all.

Willi and Joe are builders at the core, and have approached this iteration of Brickfair with the same gusto, curiosity and determination as they have done with every build they create.  From their brick-heart perspectives, there are millions of configurations for standard LEGO bricks and equally there are a millions of configurations for a successful and fun Brickfair.  This meant Brickfair 2020 took a completely new direction, transforming to a first-of-its-kind virtual LEGO event in South Africa.

Moving from a physical world to a virtual world means many changes to look forward to.  In-depth looks at your favourite builds, the ability to zoom in and touch your screen (although you still can’t  touch the LEGO). What will not change are all the things we love… amazing new ideas, local and international speakers, build masterclasses, competitions and giveaways.

What about the LEGO displays?

Imagine if instead of having all the exhibitors getting together in a single place all the visitors could go to them? Impossible? We’ve made it possible, by allowing each exhibitor to film their masterpiece for you to view.

The LEGO build exhibitions this year will be shown via our website and our Facebook page.

Exhibitors will need to submit photos and a video of their builds for inclusion in the Brickfair 2020 exhibition. This year’s competition will be judged based on the photos and footage you submit, so make it cool! Pay special attention to the media guidelines and make sure you approach your project from a viewers perspective as this is what you will be judged on.

Brick up your ears, Speaker lineup

The live event takes place on 24 October 2020 from 09:00 to 17:00.

Speakers have been split into a morning and afternoon session with plenty of time in between to browse through the amazing exhibitor builds.

Morning session

09:00 Opening and welcome

Kickoff of Brickfair 2020, introduced by  Joe Kirsten and Willi Badenhorst.

09:20 Kristian Imhof

Country manager for South Africa & Sub-Sahara for LEGO Group

10:00 Claus Ditlev Christensen

Secretary General of World Robot Olympiad Association

11:00 Wayne de Beer

Build masterclass: Concept creation, shape language, colour use and construction tecniques to start levelling up your sci-fi MOCs.

12:00 Discussion with LUG chairs

We speak to Tony Graham, Nadeya McGee, Marick Hornsveld and Barry Kay about being part of a Recognised LEGO community in South Africa. 

Afternoon session

13:00 Paul Doran

Build masterclass: Paul will present his approach to landscaping and the elements that form a landscape.  

14:00 Eben Esterhuizen

Build masterclass: Seven basic machines, prototyping movement mechanisms, selecting the correct motors, gear ratios and more. 

15:00 Niels Mølgård Frederiksen

An interview with an actual frikken LEGO set designer based in Billund, Denmark working mainly on the Star Wars line. 

16:00 Prize giving and closing

We announce the winners of the build competition, and wrap up Brickfair 2020. 

Exhibiting at Brickfair 2020

Exhibitors, this information is important, so listen up.

Exhibitors will need complete the form below as a registration entry to Brickfair 2020. Even if you have already registered to exhibit with your LUG you will STILL have to tell us that you want to form part of the display.

You are required to submit photos and a video of your builds (see Brickfair 2020 media guidelines) for inclusion in the exhibition.

This year’s competition will be judged based on the photos and footage you submit, so make it cool but stick to the rules. You don’t want your build to be disqualified because of a technicality, and neither do we.

Got questions? Ask ahead!

Brickfair 2020 is proudly associated with The Great Yellow Brick Co., the brand behind the LEGO Certified Stores in South Africa.

The Great Yellow Brick Co was started with the belief that South Africans deserved the full LEGO Certified Store experience found elsewhere around the world. The company has plans to roll out world class LEGO Certified Stores across the major cities of South Africa over the next 3 years.

Visit them at Shop G157 (ground floor) in Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Shop 51C (lower level) Sandton City, or shop online at www.greatyellowbrick.co.za.