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 Aurora is a one day winter festival held at the University of Calgary's Downtown Campus.

Volunteering Update

17 Oct

Hello Volunteer Applicants!

As I'm sure you have noticed that October 15th has come and gone and you still haven't received any emails. Unfortunately, unforeseen delays have caused us to push back the planned dates. We do not have an exact date but we are hoping to have the emails sent early next week and we will post another announcement once they've been sent so you'll know to check your inbox.

We appreciate your patience with us and we will continue to work hard to get things rolling.

Updates for Aurora

6 Oct

The Otafest Aurora scarves have been released! This year we have created two designs, each of them representing one of our amazing mascots. Check them out!

Pin Trading
A new pin has been posted to our Pin Blog every Monday! Check it out so you know what to look for at the festival!

Thank you to everyone who applied for volunteer positions for Otafest Aurora. We will begin the selection process very soon. Our tentative completion date will be October 15th. On that day, all applicants will be notified with our decision via the email they've provided to us. In the unlikely event that this date needs to be pushed back we will make another announcement.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

Cosplay, Pins, and Volunteers!

15 Sep

Cosplay Events
Our Cosplay Director has released the line-up for Aurora's Cosplay Events! There have been some modifications from previous years so please make sure you read the whole thing!
Check it out here.

Cosplay Photography Booth
The photography team will be holding a Cosplay photo booth at Aurora 2013.
There will have a basic backdrop with studio lighting and a typical anime themed set set up so you can pose and have your photo taken by professional photographers. The pictures will be uploaded to Facebook.

More details are to follow closer to the convention.

Cosplay Props
Make sure your props follow Otafest policies! If they don't, then you won't be allowed to bring them to Otafest Aurora and we'll all be pretty sad ):
You can ask our head of Policy Enforcement about your prop on our Weapon Classification forum thread OR you can email him directly at security @ otafest.com!

Online Sales
We're running out of Gala tickets! If you want to come to our dinner and dance after the day festival, make sure you buy yours now!
Remember: A gala ticket INCLUDES regular festival admission so you can check Aurora out during the day then eat and dance at night all with one ticket!

Pin Trading
Starting tomorrow, September 16th, our pin trading blog will start up again!
This means that a new pin design will be release every Monday leading up to Otafest Aurora 2013!
Head over to the blog!

Volunteer applications open today at 7:00 PM!
If you are interested in volunteering for Otafest Aurora 2013, please fill in the Volunteer Application.
We will notify you as to whether you made the roster after October 1st!

Volunteering for Aurora 2013

3 Sep

Hello everyone!
This is your friendly Volunteer Co-coordinator Andrew here to give you a quick update regarding volunteering for Otafest Aurora.

Our volunteer application form will open on September 15th, 2013 to October 1st, 2013 and will be on our Get Involved page. The application form will be posted close to September 15.

We will notify you as to whether you made the roster after October 1st!

If you have any questions please send an email to: volunteer@otafest.com
I'm looking forward to Otafest Aurora and I hope you are too!