We’re Back and THREE TIMES bigger than last year! An all-age event on 20-21 August 2016 at the Mercure Holland Hotel (CF24 0DD) for anime fans, gamers, comic fans & cosplayers! It’s just £16 for both days if you book before the end of May. Featuring Exhibitors, Performers, TCGing, Game Tournaments, Talks with many activities including the Cosplay Masquerade with a £100 prize, Talent Show & more. Parties are included in the price for older attendees.

This event is sponsored by Keep It Secret and 8bitplanet.

This event is run by Animeleague, one of the world’s largest anime communities, run by fans for fans, who shall also be running Bristol Anime Con on 7-8 May, Alcon in Leicester in September and London Anime & Gaming Con in 6-7 February 2016. Make sure to also check these events out.

If you’re interested in sponsoring or affiliating with us then please email info@animeleague.com

Events List & Signups Link

[ All Signup Links for ALL events can be found here ]

While there will be signups on the day, we advise to signup beforehand to guarantee a place if you’re entering the Talent Show, Cosplay Masquerade or Cosplay Auction.

All other events you signup for on the day! Again read the link above for a comprehensive list!

Highlights

With dozens of planned activities, the only problem you will experience is that there won’t be enough time to do everything you want to! A full event timetable will go up next year.

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Comics Highlights

- Top Manga & Comic Artists – Our manga and comics room will feature some of the UK’s best artists in attendance where you can buy their artwork from.
- Art & Comic Portfolio Session – Hosted by comic and manga publisher and event sponsor Crownroot Publications who will not only give advice, but will pick the best artists to be recognised and published in their upcoming comic to be released this September!
- Comic Talks – On the main stage we will have a number of comics-orientated talks including “Top 10 Comic Deaths” and much more to be confirmed.


Top Cosplay Events & More Activities

- The Cosplay Masquerade with a £100 first-prize; Show-off your cosplay on stage. We invite all cosplayers to enter our cosplay contest on the Sunday. There will also be a smaller Cosplay Masquerade with a £30 first prize on the Saturday.
- Cosplay Auction – This event is a great way to meet new people and the proceeds go to the convention’s charity. All volunteers go up for bid to the audience, the highest bidder of each Cosplayer winning the company of that Cosplayer for an agreed amount of time and getting the pleasure and opportunity of meeting new people and acquiring new friends.
- Cosplay Guests & Talks We will have some of the most renowned cosplayers in the UK guest-starring at this year’s event. They will provide talks and workshops throughout the day. Talks include A begineers guide, Cosplay on a budget, Cosplay Props & Worbla, Mental Health in Cosplay, Performing at cons, Steampunk and much more!
Cosplay Photography Area – There will be an area to have your photos taken – more information to come!


Cosplay & Arts Workshops


Unique to this event we have a wide variety of sit-down workshops where you can be taught skills one on one. Featuring- Plushie Making (where you can take home your own Plushie!), Steampunk Gadget Making, How to Use a Sewing Machine, a Prop Making Tutorial, Wig Styling, Modelling & Photography, Singing Tutorials, Sewing Workshops, Japanese Language Lessons and much more to be revealed.


Anime & Manga Highlights


- Anime Bar & Chillout; The bar will be turned over to an anime viewing and chillout area during the daytime. You will be able to watch your favourite anime.
- Manga Artists; Will be present as part of our Artists Alley. This will also include an area where you can sit down, draw and learn new art-tricks.
- Anime/Geek Exhibitors; Your favourite dealers will be there where you can pick up anime, gaming and general geek merchandise. We will announce the exhibitors closer to the event.
- Live J-Pop/Anime themed Performers; There will be several live performers from J-Pop, Anime inspired singers and performers throughout the day including the likes of Kerri-Louise and Emianox.


Video Gaming Highlights


The Video Gaming area will feature over 60 systems set up with consoles ranging from your retro favourite in the 80s and 90s right up to the latest NextGen gaming. You will be able to come and sit down and chill with your mates, or enter one of a dozen planned tournaments.

Our tournament lineup will feature; Smash WiiU, Marvel v Capcom 3, Mario Kart 8, Call of Duty 4, Smash Melee/Brawl, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Pokemon DS and Halo Reach (please refer to timetable for the full times and lineup). All tournaments will feature a prize of a pair of weekend tickets to either the next Cardiff Anime & Gaming Con or to Bristol Anime & Gaming Con in October.

If that’s not enough, we will have the Retro Gaming Championship which will provide 3-4 of your favourite retro games (to be revealed) to show your old-school gaming skills in.

There will also be the Multiplayer Gaming Party – two nights of awesome multiplayer gaming action going on till 10pm on the Saturday and 8pm on the Sunday where you can grab a drink and play awesome multiplayer games with your friends. From Mario Party to Mario Kart to Smash, we will have all your favourites!


Stage Highlights


Stage will feature events, talks and performances from 11am through to 8pm on each day.

- Talks (Non Cosplay); As well as cosplay talks mentioned above, there will also be wide range of talks on acting, RPGs and gaming, Comics and anime. Make sure to check out the full timetable HERE.
- Dub That Anime; The aim of this event for those who have never seen it before is to dub a 30 second clip of our choice live on stage. The funnier the better. In fact..think Abridging! This can be done as an individual or group.
- The Talent Show; Do you have a hidden talent, be it singing, dancing, stand-up performing or pretty much anything? Come enter the Talent Show, show it off and win a £30 cash prize and the opportunity to develop your act with us and star on stage at our future events! Signup for it HERE
- Big Geek Quiz; Various rounds on both anime and other more general subjects over five rounds. Get some friends together, make your own quiz team, and join in the fun. We guarantee a good time and much randomness!
- Many more events to be confirmed!


RPG, TCGing and Board Gaming!

Brought to you by Brawl Cardiff we will have a massive lineup of RPGs and Board Gaming for you.

- RPG Scheduled Adventures – Roughly two-hour scheduled adventures (see timetable for details); come along and sign up on the day for any of the following: Post-apocalyptic superhero game Marvel: After Galactus, Rock-paper-scissors anime adventure Ultra JankenSquad Forever, Comedy dystopian sci-fi fest Paranoia (Saturday only), Viking-era horror Call of Cthulhu (Sunday only).

- Indie RPGs – Almost a dozen quick and simple drop-in Indie RPGs you can just turn up and play including Microscope, Dogs in the Vineyard, Parsely, Narrative Cage Match, Doctor Magnethands, PreHysteria, Not The Bees!

- Board Games include – Bang!, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Carcassonne, Cards Against Humanity, Channel A, Concept, Coup, Dixit, Dungeon Roll, Flame War, Fluxx, Forbidden Island, Hanabi, Love Letter, Munchkin, Pandemic, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Shadow Hunters, Snake Oil, Takenoko, The Resistance and more.

- TCGing; There will be tournaments with prizes provided throughout the Saturday including Yu Gi Oh, Weiss Schultz and MTG bought to you by Firestorm Cards.


Party Highlights


We ARE the party convention! Your ticket includes, free of charge, access to all the parties and late-night events up until midnight on Saturday and Sunday (Same venue). The parties shall feature Free Glowsticks, Free lollipops, Dance-Off Contests with Dancers and Variety Acts through to past midnight. Parties include the Glowstick Rave, PopAsia Party, RockOut! and Chiptune Gaming Party.

Of course, if partying is not your scene, there will be a range of alternate late-night events including Karaoke and late night party gaming!


Guests

We look forward to revealing our guest lineup early next year. For all the latest guest news make sure to check the forums!

Are you a band, panelist or performer and wish to be involved? We’re taking performer applications HERE.


Exhibitors

You can expect a wide variety of dealers and artists to be present. Are you interested in becoming a dealer or artist yourself? Then read below –

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor tables cost £95 per 6ft table for commercial dealers or £60 for artists (or £35 for a half table for artists). If you wish to apply to become an exhibitor, then please ensure you:

1. Read the exhibitor FAQ located HERE first and foremost.
2. Complete the online Booking Form Here
3. We will then invoice you and give you details on how to pay. We can offer BACS, paypal, cheque and cash as payment methods.
4. If you have any questions or problems, please mail us ops@animeleague.com

 

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Travel

Opening Times Are: 10:30am (for prepaid), 11am for on the door. Tickets are available on the door.

Venue Address
Mercure Holland House Hotel
24-26 Newport Rd
Cardiff
CF24 0DD
(029 2043 5000)

Train Travel – Click HERE to view Walking Directions from Station. To help get the cheapest ticket possible, we recommend that you search through the National Rail website 12 weeks prior to the event. This will help you find the cheapest advance ticket.

Coach/Bus Travel – Click HERE to View Walking Directions from the coach stage. This is served by numerous companies including National Express. These offer regular national and local services. To help get the cheapest ticket possible, we recommend you search through the nationalexpress and megabus websites 12 weeks prior

Helpout

– To Signup to Crew for the event, please fill in this form HERE. If you have any questions then email crew@animeleague.com
– Performer/Guest Applications HERE


Signup to Crew

The Cardiff Anime Con crew are the people that help to make this convention a reality and to make it enjoyable for all our members. If you’re interesting in volunteering to help out, please read this page and then volunteer using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Why Crew? Well, you get free entry and one free-meal a day. And of course you get the satisifaction of having helped the convention out. We’re always happy to provide references to people who work for us, so it’s something extra which you can add to your CV afterward. Crewing is also a very easy way to get to know other members of the con, and there is usually a lot of camaraderie between fellow crew members over the course of the event!

What Kind of Work is it? Usually a crew member will help to manage queues, serve attendees, act as a runner to move equipment/items around and so forth. When you join crew, you are placed on to a team. Each team has a team-leader who you will report in to and who will look after you over the event. Each shift you are given is usually four hours long. At times crewing is far from easy, and it can be a lot of hard work but it is usually a very rewarding experience.

How many hours does a full-crew member do? Each full-crew member does 7 hours a day working. This entitles them to free entry in addition to free meal each day.

How many hours does a part-time crew member do? Some teams will allow for part-time crew. These are crew who work for only 1 day. Part-Time Crew will get a meal and free entry on the days which they are working.

What Teams are there? Video Gaming, Registrations, Operations, Stage or specialist (ask).

I’ve already paid my entry, can I get it back if I crew? Provided you do the shifts which are allocated to you, then you will receive the entry money back on the Sunday.

– To Signup to Crew for the event, please fill in this form HERE. If you have any questions then email crew@animeleague.com

 

Help Promote

We encourage those who want to help the event to first and foremost help spread the word. Without massive budgets to spend on mainstream advertising, we rely heavily on our attendees to help with this! You can help promote by –

1. Facebook & Twitter: Help by inviting your friends to our facebook event HERE, and posting short updates along the lines of “Is anyone going to Cardiff Anime Con this 20-21 August? You can grab discount tickets online at www.cardiffanimecon.com”
2. Posters/Flyers: By dropping flyers/posters in to shops, groups, societies and handing to friends it can massively raise awareness. We can send out flyers if you request for some in this topic HERE, and you can download a full resolution copy to print out as posters HERE.
3. Word of Mouth: One of the most effective ways, make sure to personally speak to your friends and encourage them to check the event out!
4. Promote or link to us on your website/forum/blog: Download a copy of the Cardiff Anime Con press-kit HERE which contains images, buttons, press-releases and further information to use, making it as easy as copy and pasting to write about or link to Cardiff Anime Con on your website, forum or blog!
5. Banner/Link Exchange and Cross-Promotion: If you’re interested in cross-promoting and gaining traffic, email us on info@animeleague.com and we can explore possibilities. Those who partner up with Cardiff Anime Con, will also be added as a partner on the animeleague website, a community of almost 30,000 members, making it very worthwhile!

Press

Main Press-Release to Put up on Websites – Download HERE.
Event Press-Kit (Flyers, artwork, PR)- Download HERE.. You can also download higher res event photos HERE (Please credit these photos to Rebecca Moriarty)

Exclusive Content such as interviews we can make available on request to pr@animeleague.com

Applying for a Press/Photography Pass

Do you write for a website or publication? Please apply for a press pass via this form here. Email us on pr@animeleague.com if you have any questions.

Benefits
1. Free Entry
2. VIP access to guests and performers on the day (subject to their availability)
3. Interview access to the organisers before and after the event
4. We want to engage and work with you! If you want to do something with us that might benefit us both then please have a chat. For example, we helped organise a massive Harlem Shake video at London Anime Con with QueensOfWin which you can view here.

Requirements
1. Your website, publication or blog must have a substantial following or readership associated with it. If it doesn’t, we may still be able to provide you with a press-pass, but you would need to pay for it as if you were a standard attendee.
2. You agree to promote the event beforehand and afterward on your website and social media (ie: twitter, facebook etc, please state the dates and website link to the event in all promotion). Please download a copy of the press-kit here.
3. You agree to adhere to the terms and conditions of being a member of press at the event as laid out here.

Apply now to pr@animeleague.com with the name of your publication/blog/website and any requests.

Buy Tickets

- It’s always cheaper to book online! Tickets purchased online cost £16 for both days or £9 for one day. You can buy tickets on the door for £10 per day (subject to availability – we will provide a warning before the event if it looks likely tickets will not be available on the day).
– Buying online is recommended as it guarantees you entry.
– All ages welcome, but 18+ only for the parties after 8pm (these are included in the ticket). To get 18+ access you MUST bring a proof of ID.
– Ages 6 and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult. All other ages are the same price.
– Once you pay you’ll be emailed a ticket. Print this out or show this on your phone to us at the event to collect your wristband which will allow you to enter and re-enter.
– You can view the full FAQ on tickets HERE and view the T&Cs HERE

Buy a Ticket without a Forum Account 

Buy or Manage Tickets with a Forum Account
To register for Cardiff Anime Con, it is recommended that you login first via your Animeleague forum account. You can use this account to post on the forums, keep track of your registrations, make payments at a later date, make edits and buy multiple tickets.

If you do not have an AnimeLeague forum account, you can register by clicking here.

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