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‘Anime Evolution,’ an Animation Festival in Vancouver ― A Cosplay Contest and Lectures by Voice Actors are also Held

‘Anime Evolution,’ an Animation Festival in Vancouver ― A Cosplay Contest and Lectures by Voice Actors are also Held

‘Anime Evolution 2010,’ a festival for animation, manga, and gaming, is going to be held at UBC in Vancouver on August 13th. It lasts until 15th.

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‘Anime Evolution 2010,’ a fan meeting for Japanese animation, manga, and gaming, is going to be held at University of British Columbia (Greater Vancouver A) from August 13th to 15th. The host is AE Convention Corp. The meeting celebrates its eighth anniversary this year.

 They have expanded the scale of this event year by year since 1998, the first time of the festival. Especially Japanese animation, manga, and, gaming, are introduced. Fans can interact with each other and exchange the information. The event was held in downtown last year. About 5,000 visitors were gathered.

 Guests from foreign countries as well as creators who are active in Vancouver are going to be invited this year. In addition to gaming rooms and live performances, workshops with voice actors, directors, and animators are held. The cosplay contest, where they are disguised in characters for animation and gaming, is an annual event. Japanese animation songs are sang in ‘Anime Idol’ contest.

 More than 100 booths are set up for local artists as a new Artist Villa (Artist Village) this year. Gregory Neher, an event communication director, explains, ‘The reduction of aid fund for art and its programs at the whole part of B.C. and introduction of HST have a great influence on local artists. Expanding the event space enabled the artists to introduce art works to visitors and the media.’

 The event schedule is available on the website. The admission fee is CAD 40, 45, 35 on the 13th, 14th, and 15th, respectively. A valid passport for three days costs CAD 55. It is sold at the event site. Visitors seventeen years old and under need to have their parents sign the consent form downloaded from the website.

 (Translated by Hiroko Shioda)

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