Welcome to Brickfair 2021!

30 October 2021

Brickfair is the premier LEGO® fan event in South Africa held annually in Pretoria, and going online since 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 2021 on Saturday 30 October 2021.

Please expect a Zoom link to be published via our website, our Facebook page or our official WhatsApp chat group to join and enjoy amazing speakers, regular competitions and giveaways. 

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.

In Brickfair 2020, the organisers were hoping for a smooth road, but global challenges almost meant no event at all. Since this year, Brickfair Pretoria has been an online event. 

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 2021 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.  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?

Brickfair 2021 will not have any formal build exhibition or competitions.

However, we are planning ad-hoc build and quiz competitions on the day – watch this space for details.

Brick up your ears, Speaker lineup

The live event takes place on 30 October 2021 from 09:30 to 16:00.

09:30 Opening and welcome

Kickoff of Brickfair 2021, introduced by  Joe Kirsten and Willi Badenhorst.

10:00 Johannes Bisschoff

Johannes Bisschoff is a household name in South African Lego circles. In addition to speaking about his amazing Lego collection, Johannes will give us the ins and outs of running a Bricklink store.

11:00 Henk van der Linde

Henk is the only South African to achieve not one, but two 10,000 support Lego Ideas models, and will be talking about the journey that has been.

12:00 Huw Millington

Huw is the creator of brickset.com, which became the primary reference on LEGO sets on the internet. Aside maintaining Brickset site and database, this English AFOL is also a keen GBC builder.

Photo credit Andres Lehmann.

13:00 Tore Magelund Harmark-Alexandersen

Tore is a second-generation designer at The Lego Group, now working as a product graphical designer specialising in minifigures. He has worked with Castle, Cuusoo, Chima, Nexo Knights and many more. 

14:00 Build competition time!

Stay tuned for live build competitions and other Lego giveaways!

15:00 Jason Allemann

Jason Allemann,  together with his partner Kristal, design and build custom models using Lego bricks under the brand name JK Brickworks. Jason is going to speak about his ideas projects, and take us through his love for the brick. 

All times are South African times (GMT +2 hours).

We have competitions and giveaways scheduled throughout the day. Note that only South African residents are eligible for winning prizes. 

2021 Build competition for kids

We asked the kids of Brickfair to build their dream job. Here are the entries we received-

2021 Tyre build competition

We gave the Brickfair 2021 participants one hour to build anything except a vehicle on a 16 x 16 base, and must include 3 LEGO tires. This is what our builders came up with in sixty minutes. 

Brickfair 2021 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.