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.

Literature Contest & Otafest Accommodations

24 Feb

Want a chance to win a V.I.P pass to Otafest 2013 and a $100 gift certificate to our vendor hall?
Enter in our 2013 Literature Contest!
You can submit any form of creative writing, and you can enter as many times as you'd like!

Hotel Alma
Once again, Otafest is partnering with Hotel Alma to provide our attendees discounted rates on rooms that are right on campus and a 10 minute walk away from the convention!

Otafest 2013!

7 Feb


It's been a while, and we've been hard at work to make Otafest 2013 (Our 15th anniversary! WOO~) the best Otafest yet!
With our new website up, we've hit the ground running.

We have a lot planned for May, but first, some information about Otafest Aurora 2012:

We blew past our attendance goal with 843 paid attendees at Aurora! This is great news for us and we're working on making our events even better!

We've looked through ALL of the feedback you have given us through the survey that was sent out after Aurora, and will be taking your responses into account for next time!

Now, on to Otafest 2013!

There will be pre-registration offered again through Eventbrite! It will be opening soon, and there will be some goodies available exclusively to those of you who pre-register!

Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Well, the Vendor package is up! Check it out!

Did you volunteer for Otafest or Otafest Aurora in 2012? Do you like money? Apply for the Otafest Volunteer Scholarship.

Do you want to qualify for the scholarship next year? Need volunteer hours to be signed off? Volunteer for Otafest 2013!

Need a media pass for your camera crew to come shoot or any other types of media at Otafest 2013? Apply here!

Panellist Applications are up~

More information to come soon! Make sure to check back, like us on facebook, and follow us on twitter!

Thank You for Attending!

16 Dec

From all of us at Otafest, we want to thank you for joining us yesterday for Otafest Aurora.

We are proud to announce that our gala dinner and dance was completely sold out. Our merchandise was sold out as well.

Our attendance will be announced shortly. Please check back soon.

If you'd like to keep the spirit of Aurora, please join us on our forums!

We would like to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you in May 2013!

Otafest 2013 will be happening May 17-19, 2013 at the main University of Calgary campus! We have announced our first guests for Otafest 2013: In association with J-Rock North, Otafest is pleased to present Umbrella!