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By: Sarah W.| Photo: Yugophoto|

Two decades of Otafest.

I’m writing this article from southwest Ontario, where I’ll be traveling from to get to the convention this year. I’m thinking about my friend Red who I’ll be meeting at the con, and our friend Sel who can’t join for the first time since 2008 since she’s off teaching in Japan at present. We’re barely older than the convention itself and there’s something that feels profound about that, more so than the fact that this will be my 12th year attending.

No matter how much time I’ve spent away from Calgary, coming back for Otafest means coming home in more ways than one. I’m reflecting on convergences – the flights booked, the plans made, the messages sent, everything centering around one weekend once a year where it all comes together. My oldest friends were those that I met here. When I come home, it’s a family reunion, every time, without fail. When I was younger and lived in the city, things were easier. I spent a lot of money on costumes and merchandise. Then I got older, and started on my undergrad degree in a different province, and all of a sudden there were more demands on my time and money. Now I’m in my mid-twenties, and budgets sure are a thing, but Otafest is and always has been included in that budget. Family is a priority, even when they’re not related by blood.

The first time I ran a panel, I was so nervous I swear I didn’t stop trembling until an hour after it was over. Now, I get to see some of my closest friends hosting the events that we anticipated year after year. Kinda cool. I remember the late nights in my basement, still in high school, swearing as I stitch-ripped another seam or stabbed myself with a hand-sewing needle.  A few years later, my friends and I had younger cosplayers coming up to tell us how much we inspired them to do their own thing, or talking shop and getting excited – together – about the techniques of crafting that went into a particular costume, a specific outfit, a performance or skit. Everyone involved in Otafest from the attendees to the content providers to the staff generates a sense of support, acceptance, and encouragement to grow– isn’t that the meaning of community? Doesn’t that feel good, and feel right? It’s a community that gives back. I love that about it.

Otafest has gone through a lot of growth in the last few years. Some reading this will remember the early days at the University of Calgary, with all the coinciding volleyball tournaments, the events hosted in lecture halls and classrooms, and the spontaneous bouts of performance art on Cosplay Hill at the Prairie Chicken (may it rest peacefully in whatever new home it finds itself).  Others will have more recent memories spanning through the inception of pin collecting, to the introduction of our beloved mascots (in the plural), to the monumental move to the Telus Convention Center. Still others will have never been here before (a side note: the water stations are truly a blessing).

Whether this is your first convention, or your twentieth; whether you’ve been here every year without fail, or had to skip a few; whether  you produce content for the convention through panels, or support the charity initiatives in whatever ways you can, or are here mainly as an attendee… welcome.

From one attendee to another, I hope that you feel strongly the belonging and fellowship that this convention has given to me and so many of my friends. I hope that you laugh, take yourself on adventures, get to meet some of the amazing guests, support local businesses and artists, give to charity, enter contests, cheer on performers, play games, enjoy the festival, take photos – whatever feels right to you. The quality of this convention, and the care and attention of the staff, is what’s drawn me back year after year after year – after all, many of them have grown up with the convention in the same way that I have. There’s always so much love that gets poured into how Otafest is run – I remember seeing the chairperson or other staff members getting moved to tears by the results of the charity events every single year. That’s a lot of love. I hope that you can feel it.

I hope that for you, it’s a celebration to remember.

I know it will be for me. It always has been.

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By: Jessica Roh |

Anyone who has traveled to Japan will tell you how meaningful and impactful the experience was for them. Japanese culture is as beautiful as it’s land whilst Japanese people are friendly and hardworking. Through the JET Programme, I was fortunate to get a one year contract, teaching English in Kyoto city. I believe that Kyoto city is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are many historic temples, and traditional style restaurants, making it easy to enjoy the delicious taste of matcha tea and ice creams in the region.

What surprised me the most about living in Japan was how clean and fresh everything felt, despite the population density. Every morning, people would come out to clean the streets.The elderly would roam the neighborhood to greet the children on their way to school.

And the food!! Food is prepared often, ensuring quality and freshness. Even convenience stores (konbini) sell fresh and healthy meals and snacks, which can be accompanied by a cold (or hot) drink available at the variety of vending machines on each block. The air is humid, and the skies demonstrate an array of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Nature is ever present in Japanese people’s lives. They understand the value of taking care of our beautiful planet, as well as the importance of even the littlest creature’s life. In Japan, valuing the other over yourself is a very common philosophy. and Japanese people work so that the people who are affected by their work can live pleasant lives. There is a very harmonious feeling from every sort of social interaction.

In my experience as a teacher, students work very hard in Japan. In general, Japanese society shows a huge amount of respect towards teachers. I felt extremely loved and appreciated in every single school. The students are not greedy, they do not cheat and they eat very healthy meals, which makes it much easier for them to concentrate in school -did you know that juice boxes are banned in Japanese schools because of the high sugar content? You’ll notice an overall appreciation for education in Japan. Japanese TV programs even regularly broadcasts educational or informative shows.

If there is one word that would describe what changed my life from living in Japan, it would be patience. Patience: to appreciate what we have in the moment, to take a deep breath of the fresh air provided by our hardworking trees, and the importance of helping others.

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By: Anna Sheldrick |

I am searching an abandoned apartment in Philadelphia, the occupant was found dead in a mansion just outside of town. I find a video that I think should provide clues as to why he died. Instead I find a video with alien slime and go crazy. I shoot my partner in the groin and call an air strike on Philadelphia.

The following week I’m trying to sneak into the lair of the Dragon Worshippers while my friend is out front causing a distraction. I master the lock but I open the door and smack a guard in the bum. He looks down at me with a frown so I wave and quietly close the door again. Within five minutes I’m standing on the roof and the house is on fire below me because my friend who I shot last week decided to hurl a fireball at the thugs who were chasing me.

These were my first two experiences with Role Playing games. The first was Delta Green: Call of Cthulhu, the second was good old Dungeons and Dragons. The world of RPGs can be a super intimidating place to start but once you find someone to wade into that world with you’ll fall in love.

When most people think of RPGs they think of Dungeons and Dragons and that’s all it entails but, like video games, there’s an RPG for everyone. There are Star Wars RPGs, you have Delta Green which is based on Lovecraft Horror, there is Legend of the Five Rings set in the world of Samurai Japan and the warring samurai tribes. What about Pathfinder, D&D and even a Dragon Age RPG. If you can’t find one that suits you then you can always make one up!! My friends and I have made up RPGs based on our favourite books and even one based on RWBY.

Can’t find anyone to play with? Then head on down to your nearest geek shops and board game cafes. Within Calgary there are loads of little groups that have regular drop in sessions for new and experienced players. Can’t be bothered to leave your house? I got you. Websites like Roll20 is a digital platform where you can play RPGs with people from around the world.

I have made the best friends from playing RPGs and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and get angry. It’s also been proven to be an amazing outlet for people when they aren’t sure how to express themselves or deal with an issue. As such I recommend to everyone to give any RPG a go and pretend to be another person for just a few hours a week.

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May 18-20, 2018 | Calgary
How Do you Want to Do This? Whether you’re a #Critter or love Matt Mercer for his numerous voice acting roles, here’s some key campaigns and side quests to check out at Otafest! Catch autographs, photos, panels, workshops, performances and more!

Matt Mercer’s Autographs
Friday: 8:00pm, Glen 203
Saturday: 12:00 High Noon, Exhibitor Hall autograph tables
Sunday: 3:00pm, Exhibitor Hall autograph tables
Matt’s autograph sessions require a free ticket. Find out how and where to get yours.



Matt Mercer’s Panels

 

Saturday
Critical Role, RPGs and the Tabletop Renaissance with Matthew Mercer!
Main Events, 3pm – 4pm
Lineup opens: 2pm

Come join Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer for a panel discussion on popular Dungeons & Dragons Twitch show Critical Role, the wonderful, growing community of tabletop geeks, and all other facets of gamer life.

Sunday
Otafest Community Championship Overwatch FINALS – Commentated by Matt Mercer
Main Events, 12:00 High Noon – 1:00pm
Finals begin 11:00am, with Matt Mercer Spotlight to follow.
Lineup opens: 10am
Catch the Otafest Overwatch tournament finals, with special guest commentator Matt Mercer – the voice of McCree! Following the tournament’s triumphant finish, stick around for a spotlight on Matt Mercer!

Want to compete in the Overwatch Championship? Learn more here!


Community Panels – Friday    

Persona 5: Phantom Thief Gameshow
Glen 205, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Help the Phantom Thieves of Hearts find a new recruit for Mona! This is your chance to join the fight. But first things first, We’ve gotta test you. Can you handle the pressure?

Otafest Stream Team Live Play: Party Edition
Telus 103, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Be a part of the action! Join our stream team of Deo, G, Dylan, David, Dave, and Jess as they play through some multiplayer madness, live and on Twitch!

Synaptic Chaos Theatre – Late Night Dub Fight
Macleod E1, 9:30pm – 10:30pm    
The masters of improv take on anime dubbing! Relive moments from your favourite cartoons, video games, movies, TV shows, and anime, in a new and hilarious light. The Late-Night Dub-Fight pits members of Synaptic Chaos Theatre and Guests against each other to find out who can “improve” classic clips by redubbing them live with their imposing improv skills. No one knows what show host Ian Horner has up his sleeves, or what the cast members will say in this all-out assault on your funny bone.


Saturday

On the Mic Voice-Over Adventure
Glen 208, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Ever wondered what it is like to actually dub an anime? Join seasoned voice over professionals in an interactive panel in which you and room participants will learn the basics of dubbing. Participation of attendees is mandatory!

Attack on Titan, Finding the Bacement – Game Show
Telus 101, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Calling all Cadets! The Survey Corp needs you to unlock the secret of the Bacement, collect the key and play your way through to win amazing prizes and unlock the secrets of the titans!

Free Play Gaming – Tabletop & Board Games
Macleod A – Boardgaming Area, 11:30am – 1:30pm, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Itching for some Dungeons & Dragons with your fellow Critters? Check out our gaming room and grab a table to run your own campaign! (space limited, first come first serve. We’ll have a variety of board games available but bring your own tabletop supplies!)

Zapp’s Spaceship of Love presents: Critical Fail!
Glen 201, 8:30pm – 9:30pm  
Does nothing ever seems to go right, and everything seems to falls apart? Come join the Crew on a comedy/improv D&D adventure where nothing ever seems to go right, and everything seems to falls apart!


Sunday

Free Play Gaming – Tabletop & Board Games
Macleod A – Boardgaming Area, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Itching for some Dungeons & Dragons with your fellow Critters? Swing by our gaming room and grab a table to run your own campaign! (space limited, first come first serve. We’ll have a variety of board games available but bring your own tabletop supplies!)

Local Voice Actor Round Table Panel
Glen 208, 11:00pm – 12:00am
Calgary’s locals voice actors discuss topics and take your questions about the industry!

Red Dragon Inn – Gaming
Macleod A – Boardgaming Area, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
What happens after the adventurers have completed their battles and quests in the dungeons and now want the treasure all for themselves? If you like board games or tabletop gaming, come try your hand at Red Dragon Inn! Register for this gaming round anytime throughout the day in Macleod A – space is limited.

Overwatch Boot Camp
Glen 203, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Are you stuck in an infinite SR loop? Join the Overwatch Boot Camp, and let experienced players show you how to climb the leaderboard efficiently with the power of knowledge.


 


Flying to Calgary?

Air Canada offers a 10% discount on flights for Otafest attendees! Please register here for the discount code.

 

Maid Cafe
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One of Otafest’s most successful charity initiatives is our Maid & Butler cafe – an opportunity to have a taste of a unique Japanese service experience with delicious cafe food and drinks. In the Telus Convention Center we’ve been able to expand our Maid Cafe initiatives to enable even more attendees to participate in this unique experience, and to give the opportunity to contribute to our charity in a variety of different ways.

Since 2009, Otafest has raised over $101,000 at our events for various charity initiatives. Learn more about our 2018 charity, the Alex Centre for at-risk youth.

Maid Cafe pre-sale tickets are now on sale. Click here to buy – while quantities last.

Maid & Butler Cafe – VIP Cafe & Yokai Puzzle Challenge

Saturday, May 19, 11am – 4pm
Sunday, May 10, 10:30am-5:30pm

Buy tickets now
VIP Cafe sessions are a separate, ticketed initiative for Otafest attendees. You must have both a valid weekend or daily admission to Otafest and a maid cafe ticket to attend the cafe.


Maids – Otafest Aurora 2016 | Oguraya Exclusive Dessert

While the Café team have been prepping tasty bentos for our guests, a mischievous yōkai has gone and stolen some of our elemental treasures at the café! Complete puzzles and work together in teams with our Maids and Butlers to recover them all and catch that yōkai!

Your Ticket includes:

    • Maid Cafe Yokai Puzzle Challenge (social locked room)
    • Live Japanese Odori and Yosakoi dance performance from the maids & butlers
    • Oguraya Bakery Exclusive Bento
    • Calgary Marriott Downtown Exclusive Dessert
    • Drink of your choice (milk tea, iced coffee, soft drinks and more!)
    • Souvenir photo with the maids courtesy of The Camera Store,
    • Treat bag with exclusive 2018 laser-cut Maid Cafe O-Wing pin, courtesy of Chinook Crafts!
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Diabetic-Friendly options available to advance sale ticket holders

Session Times:

Saturday:
11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00 pm  – 4:00 pm

Sunday:
10:30 am  – 11:30 am
12:30 pm  – 1:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

VIP Cafe session tickets are $25, limited to 420 attendees. 210 tickets will be available for online pre-sale on Thursday, April 19th at 5pm at otafest.com. Remainder of tickets will be sold at the Info booth at Otafest – 70 per day, first come first serve. Buy early to guarantee your spot!

Have dietary restrictions? Order an advance ticket and let us know so we can take care of you!


2017 VIP Cafe session loot bags | 2017 VIP Cafe Exclusive Pin

Saturday Night Market Matsuri

Saturday, May 19th, 6pm – 10pm
Stephen Avenue


Maid Cafe

Our popular Matsuri festival takes it to the next level for Otafest’s 20th anniversary! Come play festival games on Stephen Avenue with the Maids & Butlers, enjoy live entertainment on the Stephen Avenue stage, and check out exclusive maid cafe merchandise!

Japanese baked goods courtesy of our sponsor, Oguraya Bakery, as well as drinks will be available for sale during the Night Market!

Maid Cafe Bakery & Merchandise

Saturday, May 19th, 11am – 5:30pm
Sunday, May 20th, 11am – 8:30pm

Telus Convention Center – outside Telus 104 – 106

Buy adorable hand-made festival merchandise, and delicious Japanese baked goods courtesy of our sponsor, Oguraya Bakery.  Snacks and drinks available at Saturday’s Matsuri will also be for sale from our maids & butlers all day Sunday! (While supplies last.)

Bakery Menu:

  • Otafest Melonpan: Japanese bread (named because it looks like a melon!)
  • Nutella-Peanut Butter Mochi
  • Azuki Mochi Trio (Red Bean)
  • And more – stay tuned!

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May 18-20, 2018 | Calgary

Caitlin Glass – voice actress and ADR director best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. In 2008, Caitlin directed the widely popular fan-favorite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as voicing Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin also lends her voice to Vados in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Rose in Tales of Zestiria, Elma in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Thorn in Battleborn, and Cammy White & Decapre in the Street Fighter IV &V series of video games.

Other well-known roles include Maki in Love Live! School Idol Project, Lilia in Yuri!!! on Ice, Mina Ashido in My Hero Academia, Vivi in One Piece, Petra in Attack on Titan, Miho Amakata in Free!, and Kim in Soul Eater! See more of Caitlin’s Voice Acting and directing credits on her guest page!

Caitlin Glass Autographs
Exhibitor Hall autograph tables

Friday: Noon – 2pm
Saturday: 5pm – 6pm
Sunday: 10:30am – Noon



Caitlin Glass Panels

Friday
Leah Clark & Caitlin Glass: Act With Me!
Glen 203/204, 3pm – 4pm
Bring a copy of a transcribed favorite scene OR a scene you’ve written and cast Leah and Caitlin as the roles while YOU read the other role! This can be an anime, film, tv show, or any original work! Time is limited so first 6-10 to sign up are guaranteed to have their piece read.

Saturday
Caitlin Glass Q&A
Glen 205, 3pm – 4pm
Voice actress and ADR director Caitlin Glass (Winry in FMA, Haruhi in Ouran) answers all your burning questions about voice acting, directing, singing, fandom, nerdiness and just generally whatever you want! Come bring your Q’s and she’ll provide the A’s… and often, free schwag, too!

Hot Seat with Leah Clark & Caitlin Glass! – 18+
Glen 101/102, 9pm – 10pm
Be prepared for the most unpredictable and unforgettable late night panel yet. Leah Clark’s classic card game is back, with Caitlin Glass joining the panel! With cards faced down on the table, participants will volunteer to draw. If they draw an odd number, they can ask the panel anything they want (respecting guests limits to be stated at beginning of panel). If they should draw an even number, the panel then can ask the participant anything they want. A face card is wild and the participant can choose their fate. Hilarity and awkwardness ensues.


 


Flying to Calgary?

Air Canada offers a 10% discount on flights for Otafest attendees! Please register here for the discount code.

 

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The surrealist magical girl / fighting series Revolutionary Girl Utena is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year – and so is Otafest! To mark the occasion, we have a full weekend of content highlighting the both most memorable and the most WTF moments of this groundbreaking queer-themed anime, hosted by the longest running English Utena fansite – Empty Movement!  [Learn More about our hosts]


REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: The beginning
(date/time TBD)

A tomboyish schoolgirl finds herself forced into repeated duels for another girl who has a role in a world revolution. Come discover the magic of the first episodes of the Student Council Saga of this landmark shoujo anime – or relive it again! (We promise, it’s even better the second time through!)
This event is an anime showing only, and is not hosted.


UTENA: How do you solve a problem like Nanami?
FRIDAY MAY 18

Oh Nanami, ye butt of all jokes in the Utena-verse. Who’d ever have thought that the girl best known for tangling with tight-rope walking, mountain climbing elephants and magical-girl-transforming into a cow could be so deep! Join the fantastic folks of Empty Movement as we watch and discuss the thematic arcs in all the Nanami episodes from the Utena anime (or at least the ones we can fit into a 2 hr block)!


UTENA MOVIE: Fabulous Hair Drinking* Game
FRIDAY MAY 18

AKA That Anime Movie where a Girl Turns Into a Car. The Adolescence of Utena is one of the most iconic anime movies of the 90’s and is packed with enough symbolism, artistic merit and sheer over-the-top wtf-ery that one could spend an entire masters’ thesis analyzing this movie and still not get through it all. So naturally, the best way we could think of honoring this movie with the awesome ladies of Empty Movement is to chug every time fabulous hair flips across the screen.
*ID will be required to purchase alcohol. Drinking not required for participation.


UTENA THE MUSICAL – Comedie Musicale Utena: La Fillette Révolutionnaire
It’s not quality, but there’ll be alcohol!
SATURDAY MAY 19

So you think you’re a true Utena fan because you’ve watched the anime, bought the movie 3 times over, have both sets of manga AND played the sega game. But have you experienced the very first Utena musical?! This difficult-to-get-your-hands-on 1997 production is brought to you by the awesome folks at Empty Movement! Come on down, grab a drink, and prepare yourself for some cheesy, low-budget, 1990’s Takarazuka-style theatre!
*ID will be required to purchase alcohol. Drinking not required for participation.


END OF UTENA: Hurts So Good!
SATURDAY MAY 19

This is it. Those final few episodes that blew our minds 20 years ago, from which we still haven’t recovered. Join Empty Movement as we go through the last arc of this legendary anime. This time, the booze is here to help you numb the pain.

If you thought the first time you watched this was soul-crushing, just wait ’till you watch it again with a side of insightful (and/or trashy) commentary. Perhaps a debate about Akio’s nipples is in the stars?


[ BUY TICKETS ] [ RSVP ON FACEBOOK ]

*ID will be required to purchase alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Drinking not required for participation. Non-alcoholic drinks also available for purchase.

Flying to Calgary?

Air Canada offers a 10% discount on flights for Otafest attendees! Please register here for details.

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Are you team RINGU or team JU-ON? Join Otafest for a Japanese horror movie marathon, just in time for Halloween! We have hand-picked a host of Japanese horror movies for your enjoyment: Ringu, Ju-on: The Grudge, and Sadako vs Kayako!

$5-minimum donation for entry. Buy your tickets now.

Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory!

Can’t buy online and want to come? Come on down on October 27 anyway! We will accept a $5-minimum donation at the door.

Join our Facebook event and plan your night out with your friends!

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Are you ready to go to Junkertown? Join us this Sunday at the Microsoft Store in Chinook Mall to see which of our teams will make it to the end. We’ll be doing draws for a number of prizes throughout the day so don’t miss your chance to win some cool swag from Microsoft, delicious baked goods from Oguraya Bakery and one of our special Junkertown tournament edition O-wing from Chinook Crafts! RSVP on Facebook!

Need a boost to make it to the end? The Red Bull Wings Team will be on site to help with that! (must be 18 years or older)

Can’t make it down? Watch the action on the http://www.twitch.tv/otafest ! Follow our channel and you could win a special Junkertown tournament edition O-wing!

Twitch pin giveaway rules: https://otafest.com/contestrules/

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Summertime means festivals! For the first time ever, Otafest will be providing free content at three big Calgary festivals this summer to bring you: Season of Otafest – Episode 1: Festival Time!

Sunday, July 30: Diagon Alley – Shutterbutton’s Wizarding Photobooth
Sunday, September 3: Otafest Mio <3 Vari Pride Meetup
Saturday, September 16: Otafest presents Iron Cosplay Live! at Beakerhead

Diagon Alley – Shutterbutton’s Wizarding Photobooth

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 1210 Kensington Rd NW (Beside Purr)
Free

Calling all Little Witches & Wizards! Seph has received her Hogwarts letter – now we’re bringing the Otafest photobooth you love to the popular Harry Potter themed event, “Spend a Day in Kensington Diagon Alley”! Put on your house robes or your Little Witch Academia cosplay and swing by for a free digital photo!

We’ll also be selling merchandise and Otafest 2018 Early Bird tickets – save on Eventbrite fees!

Other fun events at Diagon Alley:

Otafest Mio <3 Vari Pride Meetup – Calgary Pride Parade & Festival

Sunday, September 3, 2017 – noon – 6pm
YYC Pride Parade & Pride in the Park @ Prince’s Island
Free – Register now to march with us!

Come celebrate love in all forms! Otafest’s Pride Angels, Mio and Vari, would like you to join them for their first Pride Parade! Whether you’re a pride veteran or a first-timer, come march with Otafest. Let’s fill Calgary’s Pride Parade with oodles of wonderful, colourful cosplayers!  All are welcome – cosplayers, photographers, LGBTQPIA & Ally members of our community!

Afterwards we will join the Pride in the Park festival, take photos and more – let the Otafest booth be your base of operations as you experience YYC Pride! We’ll be selling merchandise and Otafest 2018 Early Bird tickets – save on Eventbrite fees! And if the post office gods are on our side perhaps we’ll even have a surprise pin release for you…?

Cosplayers: Please keep all outfits family-friendly and adhere to Otafest’s prop & weapon policy – no realistic weapons or stringed bows!
Photographers: Your photos must be free to access in a public way – this is a free networking event, all photos must be shared with cosplayers.

Register to march with us in the parade, or watch the parade and meet up with us later at Pride in the Park!

Otafest presents: Iron Cosplay Live! at Beakerhead

Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 1 – 3 PM
Telus Convention Centre | 120 9th Avenue SE – Room Telus 111
Free – Register now

Welcome to Cosplay Stadium. Your mission: improvised costume design and construction using new and recycled materials, and a “mystery ingredient”.

Participants: sign up to be a competitor and let Iron Cosplayers June and Vari OR our Cosplay Challenger help guide your team to VICTORY!

Spectators: Join the stands in Cosplay stadium and learn ingenious costuming tales and techniques from our guest Cosplay Judges as they provide commentary on this fast-paced, 60 minute competition. Spectators are invited to vote via cell phone for their favorite cosplay team… and maybe even take place in a lightning round!

Afterwards, if you choose, stick around and explore Beakerhead with Otafest! We will be taking our costumes on a free, casual walking tour of several of Beakerhead’s outdoor art exhibits on the way to East Village to experience Beakernight – a spectacle of fire, lasers, light and music that makes up Calgary’s biggest street party!

This event is free but you must RSVP – Sign up now to compete as part of an Iron Cosplayer team or join the stands!

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Beakerhead 2017


Otafest’s participation in these festival events are part of Otafest’s 20th Anniversary: Season of Anime. Read our Chairman’s message.