posted on 2002-02-07 21:19 EST
The Big Apple Anime Festival people have released a press release today (but dated February 11th) talking about their co-operation with AX New York.

Big Apple Anime Fest 2002 Welcomes Anime Expo to New York for "World Anime Party"

A Celebration of Anime Manga Culture in Times Square, the Entertainment Center of the World, during Labor Day Weekend

New York, February 11, 2002 - The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF), a weekend long celebration of Anime Manga Culture, will launch its 2002 event on Friday, August 30, 2002 and continue until Monday, September 2, 2002 (Labor Day Weekend) in New York City. The events will be centered in and around the New York landmark and "Crossroads of the World," Times Square.

The Big Apple Anime Fest, which has been called "The Cannes Film Festival of Anime Manga Culture" as a result of its enormous success in 2001, will once again sponsor a variety of activities and organizations under its national promotional umbrella.

"We are especially excited to welcome Anime Expo NY to our city this year," said Ryoko Maebayashi, Liaison Manager for BAAF. "The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) has been running the Anime Expo events on the West Coast for over a decade, and they always put on a tremendous event. BAAF is proud to be a major sponsor of AXNY as they bring their enthusiasm and talents to the East Coast for the first time."

With over 10,000 anime fans expected to visit Times Square to celebrate Anime Manga Culture this Labor Day weekend, BAAF and AXNY will provide 35mm film screenings, awards ceremonies, a business and academic symposium, an industry VIP dinner, and fan convention favorites such as video screening rooms, a huge vendor room, guest of honor autograph sessions, live talent panels, Cosplay on Broadway costume masquerade events, and much more.

Final programming details and registration information for BAAF 2002 will be released in mid-June. Constantly updated information may be obtained from the Official BAAF and AXNY websites: and
The sites will be updated frequently as new details are finalized.

To help promote its vision of "World Anime Party," BAAF will make a major appearance at the Tokyo Anime Fair in Japan this February 15 to 17. BAAF staff will be on hand to coordinate this year's event with members of the Japanese animation industry, and to promote BAAF as the premier global promotional event for Anime Manga Culture to tens of thousands of Japanese anime fans. Hundreds of Japanese cosplay (costume masquerade) fans are expected to visit New York to solidify Japan's claim to superiority in the cosplay art form. Due to the rise of interest in cosplay in the U.S. and Europe, they are expected to face a higher level of competition from their international colleagues this year than ever before. This summer, BAAF will be running an online cosplay contest. Winners will be invited to compete in the national play-offs in Times Square, as part of the Cosplay on Broadway events.

For further information on BAAF, contact: rm[email protected]
For further information on AXNY, contact: [email protected]

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