WINNIPEG, MB – June 6th, 2012
- Ai-Kon, Manitoba's largest Japanese animation (anime) and asian culture, convention will be held on July 20-22nd at the Winnipeg Convention Centre; the event runs around the clock from 12pm on Friday, July 20, 2012 through to 4pm on Sunday, July 22th, 2012.
What started out as an event with only 500 in attendance, has grown to over 2500 people who attend annually. Those in attendance take part in the weekend's various festivities such as costume contests, video games, anime showings and various panels relating to anime and Japanese culture. Attendees also get a chance to meet special guests working in the industry and ask them questions about their experiences.
Tickets for Ai-Kon 2012 are available through Ticketmaster and are $44 for the weekend, day passes are also available on the individual days of the convention and are $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $18 for Sunday(prices given do not include taxes or agency fees)
: Ai-Kon (www.ai-kon.org
) 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 in 2001 by a local anime club, Ai-Kon took a reorganizing hiatus in 2002. It returned in 2003 to become an autonomous event, run by an independent volunteer committee. "Ai" means "love" in Japanese, hence Ai-Kon's slogan "For the Love of Anime".