Otafest is a Calgary based non-profit organization expressing the values of charity, quality, and transparency. The body of our activity pertains to the promotion of Japanese art, culture, and media in the Canadian community, and our organization rests firmly on the spirit of community collaboration and volunteerism.

Otafest is a three-day festival held at the University of Calgary.

Almost there...ALMOST THERE!!!

19 Apr

The party is getting close! With less than a month until Otafest 2014, everything is beginning to fall into place. We hope you're ready for the best Otafest yet.

Tickets! Pre-purchase your tickets and benefit from shorter lines, access to the pre-registration exclusive pin, and early wristband pickup on the evening of May 15!

We have put up this year's list of vendors and Artist Alley artists so you know exactly where to go to find that specific print or plush you've been looking for.

Our event schedule is well on its way to completion. It should be ready for you soon! It will go live along with our confirmed venue map.

Have you been following the Pin Trading Blog? We've been releasing a new pin design each week to enrich your trading experience!

Each year we have to confiscate some props due to their non-complience with Otafest's and/or the University's policies. Make sure your prop is convention-safe by asking our Policy Enforcement head either on our Weapon Classification Thread on the Otafest Forums, or by e-mailing our Policy Enforcement Team directly.

Do you have a question for Otafest? E-mail our General Inquiries Inbox!

Panels & Events Update!

21 Mar

If you want to know what to expect at Otafest 2014, check out the newly updated Panels & Events page, Themed Rooms page, and the AMV Room page!

Stay tuned for more updates, we expect to have our main events and more up in the next couple weeks!
Don't forget to check the pin blog on Monday for a new release!

Hitbox - Kieran Strange & Sarah Adams at Otafest 2014!

17 Mar

Join us in welcoming Hitbox to Otafest 2014!
Hitbox consists of quirky pink-haired British nerd rocker Kieran Strange, and blonde bombshell pop artist Sarah Adams. Professional musicians in their own rights, as well as cosplayers, gamers, and models, the girls - who are true quadruple-threats in the industry - have paved the way for many other teens and young adults worldwide who want to follow their creative passions and dreams as far as they will take them.

The duo will perform a concert on Friday night, host panels on Saturday, and judge Otafest Idol on Sunday!
If you want to see them, make sure to get your tickets now!

Special Guest Yaya Han at Otafest 2014

10 Mar

Professional cosplayer Yaya Han has been invited to appear as a guest, panelist, judge, performer, and host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world, and she is now adding Otafest to that list! Yaya has also appeared on television's King of the Nerds, Cosplay - Crafting a Secret Identity, and Heroes of Cosplay.

Yaya has also made a special greeting for you, please view it below!