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.

Otafest Aurora

17 Jun

Otafest Aurora is on November 30, 2013 at the University of Calgary's downtown campus!

Tickets are already on sale on Eventbrite and they're bound to sell out quickly so get yours while they last!

If you have any feedback regarding specific panels/events at Otafest 2013, head over to our Special Events Feedback page and let your voice be heard!

Did our Pin Trading project grab your attention? We're releasing a new pin design on July 1st!
This new pin will be available for purchase at Animethon 20 at the Otafest table!

Want to get more involved in Otafest Aurora?
Our Panelist Applications are open from July 1st to September 1st
Our Artist Alley Applications are open from August 24th to August 31st
Our Vendor Applications are open from August 17th to August 24th

Otafest 2013 Numbers

25 May

The numbers are up!

At Otafest 2013, 4,947 attendees banded together to raise $12,474 for The Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Branch!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making Otafest's 15th birthday as awesome as it was!!!
The Otafest community never fails to amaze us and you've all done it once again this year: whether you ran a panel, gave us your time as a volunteer, donated your pocket change to the charity, participated in our charity auction, or simply even came out to have some fun, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the role that each and every one of you play in making our community as amazing as it is. We're going to continue to get bigger and better and we're so glad that we have all of you along for the ride.

Finally, to those who this Otafest was their first: Welcome to the family! We hope you had a lot of fun, and we would like to see you again!

We hope to see you all at Otafest Aurora on November 30, 2013!

Kieran Strange May 31st

25 May

If you missed Kieran Strange at Otafest or if you just can't get enough of her, she'll be back in Calgary!

That's right, Kieran Strange and her band will be back in Calgary for a concert on May 31st! She'll be performing at The New Black Centre for Music and Art at 6:00pm, and all ages are welcome. Tickets will cost $15 at the door and advance tickets can be purchased for $10 (see below)

Location: The New Black Centre for Music and Art
Date: Friday, May 31st 2013 at 6:00PM
Tickets: $15 at the door or $10 in advance

Advance Tickets
Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 by emailing jenavivemusic@gmail.com

Still want more Kieran? Follow here on Facebook and Twitter and check out her website!


20 May

A HUGE thanks to everyone who came to Otafest 2013! Seeing all of you having fun on the days of makes the tireless nights of work we put into Otafest all worth it. Seriously.

We raised OVER $12,000 for the Canada Mental Health Association this year! HOLY CRAP. That's AMAZING, and it's all because of you! We absolutely love how supportive you all are of your community.

Don't forget, OTAFEST AURORA is going to be on NOVEMBER 30, 2013!
Tickets are on sale NOW at http://otafest.eventbrite.com

As always, we want to hear your ideas on how we can improve. Please click the following link and fill out our Otafest 2013 Feedback Survey so we can know how to make next year an even better experience!

2013 Charity Activities!

16 May

Beneficiary - Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Branch
Guys vs Girls - Vote via Otafest Facebook Page. Team with the most "Likes" is safe from the pranks! Voting starts Thursday and closes Sunday of Otafest at 12:00pm!
How to raise money? - VIP Pass! Maid Cafe! Live Action Mario Cart! Charity Art Prints! Charity Auction! Donation Jars! Lots of ways to get involved - please donate!

$1000 - Toilet Paper Mummification
$2000 - Jello
$3000 - Face Paint
$4000 - Silly String
$5000 - Rainbow Pies

Vote for the team you want to keep safe by liking their picture on our Facebook page!
Team Male: http://bit.ly/otamale
Team Female: http://bit.ly/otafemale