Organisers of Anime Festival Asia (AFA), the region’s most established experiential festival for Japanese Popular Culture, announced partnership plans for Thailand and Indonesia in 2015.
As part of its regional expansion plans, AFA will partner BEC-Tero True Visions (BTTV), a joint venture company formed by Thailand's largest pay TV operator True Visions and the country's largest concert and live events promoter BEC-Tero - the organiser of Bangkok Comic Con, to jointly develop popular culture events in Thailand and the region starting 2015.
The partnership will see local events management company SOZO, one of the organisers for AFA, bring its expertise in J-pop content together with BEC-Tero True Visions (BTTV)’s expertise in Hollywood, Western, and Asian entertainment content, to present a festival showcasing the best of Eastern and Western popular culture. AFA Thailand 2015 X Bangkok Comic Con 2015 will take place at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from 30th April to 3rd May 2015.
SCEH has also announced “PlayStation® 20th Anniversary Online Contest” whereby fans have to use their creativity to win a purchase pass to purchase the limited edition PlayStation®4 20th Anniversary Edition.
With few tickets remaining for the I Love Anisong Mega Anime Music Festival, one of the key highlights for the festival, music lovers are set for 3 evenings of anime music fever with 13 veteran and up-and-coming anisong artistes and artiste groups returning to AFA’s stage, or making their overseas debuts.
The full artiste line-up for the AFA 2014 I Love Anisong Mega Anime Music Festival is:
5th December: angela, Eri Kitamura, DJ Kazu, Yui Horie
6th December: fripSide, The IDOLM@STER, LiSA, yanaginagi
7th December: Eir Aoi, FLOW, GARNiDELiA, May’n, ROOT FIVE
Day Stage Activities
The Day Stage opens on 4th December’s evening with a special Theatrical Screening of the Assorted Horizons, with a talk by acclaimed songwriter, composer and arranger, Revo. Visitors can look forward to special screenings of popular anime titles, and appearances by behind-the-scenes experts including directors and voice actresses.
On 6 December, cosplay fans can witness history at the prestigious AFA Regional Cosplay Championship Finals, while on 7 December, the finals for the AFA 2014 Asia Anisong-singer Audition will be held.
Exhibition and more
An area of the festival grounds is dedicated to Niconico’s off-line event, niconico KUNIKAIGI (Japan Internet Culture Festival), as part of a collaboration between Anime Festival Asia and Niconico. Held outside Japan for the first time, visitors will be able to experience iconic scenes from top anime titles, including Attack on Titan Hands-on Trainee Soldier Try-outs, and Sword Art Online Nerve Gear Try-ons. Vocaloids will be projected on the dome screen on a planetarium, and 15 artiste and artiste groups well known in niconico will make an appearance on stage.
Shutterbugs and selfie lovers can look forward to a wide range of photo and video opportunities throughout the exhibition grounds. From activities on the mini stage to special sets, including life-size statues of top anime PSYCHO-PASS, will be available for photo-taking.
Shoppers can look forward to exclusive merchandise from Akiba Town, as well as the Creators’ Hub, which features over 80 booths (up from 60 in 2013) and includes original work from budding artists in the region.
Experience the fun and Excitement of J-Wave Power, this Weekend
Anime Festival Asia 2014 in Singapore is jointly organised by Japanese partners Dentsu Inc & Zepp Live Inc, and Singapore-based organiser SOZO. The festival also lends support from partner company Crooner. The festival saw close to 85,000 local and overseas visitors with over 150 exhibitors in 2013.