Where does the fair take place?
Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter 1 in Ghent. By car, take exit 14 off the E40, straight to the parking lot. Tram 1 takes you right to the door. The tram ride is free from Gent Sint-Pieters with your FACTS ticket.
What are the opening hours?
FACTS is open on Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Priority ticket holders can already get inside from 9 am.
What is a photo shoot?
In the middle of Hall 4, there’s a photo booth where you can have a photo taken of yourself with your favourite star. Just buy a ticket at the FACTS booth across from the set, and practice your best Colgate smile.
What is a Q&A?
This is the moment at FACTS when you can ask the actors things that you always wanted to know. If Gimli is actually good with an axe, for example. Obviously, celebrities are also real people who don’t like inappropriate or rude questions. But you’re not that kind of fan, right?
What is the Artist Alley?
The Artist Alley features famous (and up-and-coming) cartoonists and artists rubbing shoulders and basking in the interest of readers who are there to grab their drawings. Have a chat, buy a strip or a drawing, get a signature on your arm or ask them to make an anime version of yourself.
Are there signing sessions on the programme?
Yes. Please note that our guests will request a fee for an autograph.
How can I pay at the fair?
No Space Bucks or Galactic Credit Standards, please. Only euros. And often only cash (it depends on the exhibitor). We have our own ATMs at FACTS.
What is the FACTS app?
The greatest thing since sliced bread. A little app on your smartphone that features all the practical information regarding the fair (who is where and who does what and when).
Can I volunteer at FACTS?
Certainly. Email us at [email protected] and then we’ll see if we have a spot for you.
I have bought an online ticket. How can I get inside?
Through the door (the teleportation machines are planned for 2260). No, seriously, print your ticket and take it along with you to FACTS. The bar code must be clearly visible. When you get there, choose the line “I have a ticket”. Otherwise, you’ll queue needlessly.
Can I get back inside once I’ve been outside?
Yes, just ask the security people for a stamp and show it when you want to go back inside.
Do children get free admission?
Yes. Entrance is free for children up to the age of ten if they are accompanied by a paying adult. They do not need a ticket. Please bring their identity cards along with you so we can check that you are not cheating!
Are there discounts for people over 65 and/or disabled?
No. But our personnel will be especially kind to these fans.
What about those who accompany the disabled?
Of course, they get free entrance. The only condition is that you, as an accompanying person, are at least 15 years of age and that you have a valid medical certificate from a doctor saying that assistance is required.
Is it possible to purchase signatures in advance?
Check our online store. There you’ll find photos with or without signatures.
I purchased my ticket online, but I’ve still not received it. What should I do?
First, check your spam folder. Some mail programs just don’t understand that a mail with your FACTS ticket is the most important message of the year for you, go figure… But if you still don’t find your ticket, send a mail to [email protected]. We’ll help you as quickly as possible.
I have bought a ticket, but I can’t be present. Can I get my ticket refunded?
Unfortunately not. Sorry! You can also read about the ticket policy in our rules & regulations document.
Is it 100% certain that I can buy a ticket on the day itself?
We have never actually had to refuse someone because we were completely full, but that could happen in the future. You can buy tickets online until the day before the event; it is cheaper and will save you half an hour in the queues. Really: why would you do it any other way?
What is a Priority ticket?
It’s the best decision you’ve ever made! Ah yes: with a Priority ticket, you can gain admittance on both days at 9 am and you don’t have to worry about queues thanks to the fast lane.
You can buy one by clicking on the ‘Buy your ticket’ buttons. But hurry up, because there aren’t that many available!
Which ticket type should I buy when I want to focus on buying collector's items from exhibitors?
We can recommend the Priority Entry Tickets! With this ticket type, you can enter FACTS at 9 am instead of 10 am.
Owners of a VIP ticket also get to enjoy this great privilege, amongst many other benefits. Read all about it on this page!
Do I get a discount when I cosplay?
Of course. You get a 5 euro discount. It won’t cover your costume expenses, but it’s something, right?
Do I have to participate in the cosplay competition if I buy a cosplay ticket?
No. But you must be costumed to enter with a cosplay ticket, of course. And just putting on a green plastic raincoat to look like Link won’t cut it. Make an effort!
Can I bring weapons to FACTS?
Is there a cloakroom available?
Yes. You can leave your Blade leather jacket or your Gandalf coat (or even a coat from AS Adventure, of course) in a locker at the entrance. You can also leave your backpack and bag in it. Lockers cost ten euros and you get five euros back at the end of your visit. Important: your locker must be empty at the end of the day. Remember that the same rules apply to all public places: leave nothing unattended or security people will pick it up. And keep an eye on your stuff: we are not responsible for theft or damage.
Can I get to FACTS by public transport?
Yes! You can even take Tram 1 from train station Ghent Sint-Pieters to Flanders Expo for free if you show your FACTS ticket.
Check this page on Delijn.be for more info.
Where can I park during FACTS?
In parking lots P6 and P7. You pay 5 euros for the whole day.
VIP ticket holders get a sweet parking spot on the Front Parking, right at the entrance of the event.
What’s the situation in terms of Wi-Fi at Flanders Expo?
Full speed. Everywhere. For free.
Are we allowed to take pictures and video at FACTS?
Of course, that’s what it’s for. It’s only prohibited where explicitly indicated, (but that’s just about nowhere). However, publishing the images afterwards is another matter. You can only do that if you have received our permission.
Are pictures of us taken at FACTS?
Possibly, yes. We can also use all the footage without your explicit consent (which is mentioned in the fine print on your ticket). But rest assured: we are always very respectful.
Is smoking allowed in the halls?
No. And futuristic devices like electronic cigarettes are also prohibited inside. There are smoking areas outside between Hall 3 and Hall 5, and between Hall 5 and Hall 7.
Are animals allowed?
No. We only admit guide dogs (with documents and the appropriate equipment) and people dressed as Alf or Falkor, for example.
Are wheelchairs available?
Yes. The fantastic Red Cross has wheelchairs ready for you in Hall 1. However, it’s safer to call beforehand, to make sure that there is one set aside for you.
Phone number: (+32) (0)9/241.97.13
What if I have an accident at FACTS?
Then we’ll take you to the first aid station and you get a kiss from the nurse (or we call the ambulance if it is serious, of course). FACTS is not responsible; however, we’ll do our utmost to help you as much as we can.
What about FACTS’s policy against bullying?
We are extremely strict when it comes to bullying. Anyone who goes beyond the limits will be thrown out immediately.
Can I make a marriage proposal at FACTS?
Of course. Congratulations by the way. (And don’t worry, we can keep a secret!). Send us a mail at [email protected] and we’ll see together how we can turn your proposal into a Leela & Fry special.
What happens to lost property?
They are ground up to make Jabba the Hutt food. No, actually, we give them first to the police, who have an office at the entrance of the exhibition. They keep lost stuff for a while afterwards. Calling 09 266 61 11 is often enough to check if they’ve found your backpack.
What should I do if I get lost?
Enjoy. Getting lost is finally just another word for “discovering new things”. Children who have lost their way are warmly and kindly welcomed by our staff and reunited with their parents as quickly as possible.
Where are the restrooms?
The toilets are located between Hall 1 and Hall 3 and between Hall 1 and Hall 7. This visit costs a small fee of 50 cents.