Ai-Kon 2006 weekend passes on sale April 1

Manitoba's largest anime event returns to the Winnipeg Convention Centre for 2006

Winnipeg, MB - March 30, 2006 - Weekend passes for Ai-Kon, Manitoba's largest Japanese animation event go on sale April 1 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Ai-Kon weekend passes are $29 plus agency fees until June 30, 2006 and $39 plus agency fees after July 1, 2006. Individual day passes are available only on their respective days. Children under 8 are free and must be accompanied by a paying adult. Full details are available at

Activities planned for this year's convention, scheduled for July 21, 22 and 23 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, include 24-hour anime showings, panels, video games, contests, fan art, a vendor's room, and cosplay ("costume play" - dressing as an anime/video game character).

In 2005 approximately 960 people attended Ai-Kon, and organizers anticipate attendance numbers of 1,000 to 1,200 for this year's convention. Ai-Kon was moved to a larger facility in 2005 increase the comfort and enjoyment of those attending.

ABOUT AI-KON: Ai-Kon is Manitoba's largest anime convention. An all-ages event, the goal of Ai-Kon is the promotion of Japanese/Asian animation and culture to the public. Started by the University of Manitoba Japanese Animation Club (UMAnime) in 2001, Ai-Kon took a reorganizational hiatus in 2002, returning in 2003. Ai-Kon has since become an autonomous event, run by an independent volunteer board. "Ai" means "love" in Japanese, hence Ai-Kon's slogan "For the Love of Anime".

ABOUT ANIME: Anime is Japanese animation, and is known for its wide range of styles and genres. Anime has grown exponentially in popularity in North America in the last 10 years, with an ever-increasing list of titles licensed for North American distribution. Popular anime titles include Naruto, One Piece, Fruits Basket, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist, and Sailor Moon.

PRESS PASS APPLICATION: Media personnel interested in covering Ai-Kon are asked to provide the following information:
Number of press passes required:
Phone number(s):
Outlet name and type (i.e. newspaper, magazine, etc.):
Web Site URL:
Days/Times attending:

Please send requests to [email protected] by July 19, 2006.

If you are unable to register in advance, you must present at least two of the following at the registration desk to qualify for Ai-Kon press pass:

- a business card for your media outlet bearing your name and title
- a masthead bearing your name and title.
- a by-lined article published within the past 6 months.
- a letter of assignment from your editor/publisher.

Photo identification must be presented at the convention to obtain your press pass. Press passes will not be mailed, but will be available at the Ai-Kon registration table.

All applicants will be notified as to the status of their requests. Passes are issued and may be revoked at the sole discretion of Ai-Kon. Failure to abide by convention policies will result in the revocation of your pass.

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