This is the official Eurofurence 4 video from 1998. THIS VIDEO IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT EUROFURENCE IS TODAY. We're putting this up purely for the nostalgia - in glorious VHS quality. This is a really old video from our archives, back from the times when we were young, and had no idea what we were doing :)
Eurofurence 4 took place at the youth hostel "Ferme de Jean" in Heeze, The Netherlands, and it drew about 80 attendees. By today's standards, we wouldn't have called this a convention, but merely a small furry party. But if you look closely, you'll see a lot of familiar faces, and a lot of ideas in their amateurish infancy that were new back then, but are a solid part of today's furry convention culture.
The Video was filmed and edited by DocO on VHS equipment borrowed from a local public access TV channel. It took us a while to find one of the few remaining copies. Thanks to BigBlueFox for digitizing and cleanup. You can still read the original announcement with some background information here:
By today standards, some aspects may seem outright freakish. But you have to keep in mind, that this was before the time of today's fandom culture and its professional artists and fursuit makers. Being able to meet other furries in person was a novelty - there wasn't yet a fandom in Europe. Just a bunch of geeks meeting like minded crazy people. If you wanted a costume, you either had to buy an ugly off-the-shelf sports mascot suit, or try to build your own. Nor did anybody know how to properly perform in suit - that part of the subculture simply didn't exist yet. By the standards of 1998, however, it was awesome to have some costumes around at all.