Dear friends, presenters, volunteers and supporters of the Rome BDSM Conference,

From a professional and personal point of view, this has been a year full of changes and news that are conditioning, for better or for worse, the edition we are organizing.

None of the organizers that helped me in these past few years has ever received a monetary compensation for his commitment. This means that I never expected anyone to dedicate to this project more energies than he actually felt he could invest. We all know that not all the periods of our life leave us the possibility to have all the resources we would like to make available for important projects like this one. I make no exception.
Organizing an event like the Rome BDSM Conference is a long and elaborate process, that requires many different skills and, for this, every year needs a large number of people that work for months in order to create the fantastic atmosphere of those three days of education and sharing.

This year the organizing team (the famous “purple team”) and expecially myself, had to face an unprecedented series of unexpected events and difficulties: transfers, new jobs, health problems and many other things that have limited our time and energy. We tried to cope with each of these crisis, until I recently realized that, without changing something in the structure of the Conference itself, I would not have been able to create an event of the same quality as in the past. Excellence is and remains one of my priorities, when I create something for the BDSM Community.

My first idea was to cancel the whole event. Then, I thought about the importance of not leaving out something so important as BDSM education, so I decided to modify this edition of the Rome BDSM Conference and adapt to what are the actual resources that this difficult year has left me.

Let’s start saying that the Rome BDSM Conference will still be held in Rome on February 23-25 2018, but no longer at the Mercure Roma West.

LOCATION

The RBC2018 will take place at the headquarters of our association, AKA, in the very heart of Rome, very close to Termini station. The location is very central and this simplifies the logistics for anyone arriving from outside of Rome (whether it be by car, train or plane).

We are contacting several hotels in this area, in order to offer everyone who needs an hotel stay the same level of comforts that we had at the previous hotel. Soon we will be communicating the various options.

WORKSHOPS

AKA headquarters, however ample, is not able to host more than three workshops at a time. This means we will have to re-select the presenters and the classes that will be available. We will still have more than 40 classes in total and this still makes the event well worth.

TICKETS

The cost of the ticket of this “new” edition of the RBC 2018, will be sensibly lower and will be published in the next few days on our website. Whoever has already purchased the EARLY BIRD tickets, will have a chance to choose whether receiving back the price difference or cancel their tickets and get a full refund (together with our deepest apologies). We will take care of contacting every one who already got a ticket, so you don’t have to do much, if not making up your mind on what to do. We just hope you will still trust and support us.

MEALS

During the Conference it will be possible to have lunch directly at our headquarters, without having to go anywhere else. We are making final decisions about where to have dinner on Friday and Saturday night. Being in the center of the city makes it easy to have many options to choose from. Stay tuned for updates about this topic.

MEET ‘N’ GREET AND PLAY PARTIES

The meet ‘n’greet will still be held on Thursday night at AKA headquarters, we are looking for a different location for the huge play party on Saturday night (we’ll try to look for location as close as possible to our headquarters). We still have to make a final decision about whether having the party on Friday night and where. More info to follow soon.

PREVIOUS HOTEL RESERVATIONS

All hotel reservations at the Mercure Roma West hotel made via the form on our site can be cancelled without penalties. Just contact the hotel about this. Reservations made through other websites might be subjected to fees or even not refundable.

In conclusion, the Rome BDSM Conference 2018 will be a more intimate event (there will probably be a maximum number of attendees), but not less rich of classes and top presenters.
We want to keep safe the spirit of sharing that has led us during all these years and this is also the reason I wanted to share with you all our personal difficulties.

We need the support of the whole community to allow us to continue offering you, even this year, the largest educational event in Europe on BDSM and alternative sexuality.

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