News Doki Doki Festival in Manchester on Sunday
The Doki Doki festival will take place in Manchester on Sunday November 13. It will include talks, panels, workshops, film screenings and a cosplay competition. The full programme is here. According to its facebook page, the event has sold more than 800 tickets.
Doki Doki's daytime events run from 9 a.m. –7 p.m. at the Sugden Sports Centre in Grovesnor Street (scroll down for map). The events (on overlapping strands) include a manga drawing workshop with Sonia Leong at 2 p.m; a Lolita fashion show at 2.30 p.m.; a performance and talk by British idol singer Beckii Cruel at 2.45 p.m; a Lolita fashion show (3.45 p.m.) and a cosplay competion at 5 p.m. (registrations on the day). Visitors are encouraged to wear cosplay at the event.
The screenings are of the live-action Cutie Honey (10.30 a.m), Summer Wars (12.30 p.m.), the live-action manga adaptation Kamikaze Girls (3 p.m.) and Redline (5 p.m.). Redline is rated 15, the other films are rated 12.
There will also be video game tournaments at Kyoto Lounge, which is also in Grovesnor Street.
There is no age limit for the daytime events, but anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian – the child will get in free. Early bird tickets, allowing entry at 9 a.m., are now sold out. Normal tickets bought on the day are £14 (entry after 10am); and normal tickets bought in advance are £10. There are also a limited number of £30 family tickets, admitting two adults and two children aged between 12 and 16.
There is also an evening cosplay party, restricted to over-18s, taking place at the Zoo nightclub in the same road. Tickets cost £2 or £4 (see here) and cannot be bought in advance. The party is organised in conjuction with the Manchester University Japanimation Society (MUJS)