CALGARY, Canada, November 28, 2019 – for immediate release

Otafest has been selected as Best Anime & Pop Culture Festival 2019 – Canada by Lux Magazine’s prestigious Global Hospitality Awards, recognizing “dynamic, dedicated and driven organizations from across the hospitality market.” (Lux Magazine)

Otafest is proud to celebrate everyone whose commitment to excellence made this award possible, from our partners at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel and Calgary Downtown Association, Otafest’s sponsors, and over 400 volunteer festival staff and planning committee members that make Otafest happen each year.

“(Otafest) is truly committed to bringing a best-in-class pop culture festival experience to Calgary,” says Amy Pratt, Otafest Board of Directors. “From providing high calibre programming and creating inclusive social spaces for fans to connect, to showing our Industry Guests of Honor how special the City of Calgary truly is, Otafest is created with passion and excellence at the forefront of the planning process every year.”

“Take a moment to consider what it takes for 150 people to plan a 9,000+ attendee festival, all on donated time,” explains Behfar Lotfizadeh, Otafest Vice Chair Internal. “What an incredibly humbling experience. I couldn’t be more proud of our group in earning this award, and we’re excited to continue growing our event and our community.”

Otafest is a three day festival in Calgary, Alberta, dedicated to building a local community of fandoms, nerdism and a celebration of Japanese pop-culture. Established in 1999, it is a fully volunteer run and organized non-profit organization, and has raised over $135,000 for the benefit of charities since 2009. Learn more at

Interested parties can read more about Lux Magazine Global Hospitality Awards at:

David Ly, Vice Chair, Marketing

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