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 is a three-day festival held at the University of Calgary.

Aurora Pin Trading Party

30 Dec

We will be hosting our first ever pin trading party on January 18, 2014.

This is your chance to pick up the pins that didn't make it to Aurora in November! We have also ordered another run of our scarves so you can get them as well. We will have video games to play and have anime to show!

If you pre-registered for Otafest Aurora and would like to pick up the pre-reg-only pin, please bring your ID.

It starts at 4:30 pm in ICT 114 at the University of Calgary and is free to attend. Click here for the University of Calgary's interactive room finder.

Otafest 2014 - Special Guest Announcement

1 Dec

It's the day after Otafest Aurora and we've already confirmed a guest for Otafest 2014 (May 16-18, 2014)!!

Our first ever JAPANESE VOICE ACTRESS, Yuu Asakawa!

Vocaloid fans know her voice as the model for Megurine Luka. She is also well known for her roles as Sakaki in Azumanga Dai-Oh, Momoyo Kawakami in Majikoi ~ Oh! Samurai Girls, Rider in Fate/stay Night, Motoko Aoyama in Love Hina, Priss Asagiri in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Mizuki Tachibana in Gravion, Shinobu Miwa in RahXephon, and Jura Basil Elden in Vandread.

Click on the image below for more details!

Otafest Aurora - Attendance and Pin Trading Announcement

1 Dec

On behalf of the volunteers, staff, and executives, I would like to thank you for attending Otafest Aurora this past Saturday. The entire team is honoured by your support and love for the events we put on for you. We are proud to announce that we had 1,716 people join us, giving Otafest Aurora the distinction of being the highest attended one day anime convention in Western Canada in 2013. Without you, Otafest would not be Otafest.

Many who attended were interested in the pins we created for Otafest Aurora. Due to issues with shipment, the pins unfortunately did not arrive in time. As the head of the merchandise team, I too share your disappointment. The art team and I have worked tirelessly over the last 6 months to create an exciting set of pins with beautiful designs and magical surprises. It was very upsetting to know that we would be unable to provide you the pins that you have been patiently waiting for.

Fortunately, the pins will arrive soon and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that you have the opportunity to get them as soon as possible.

For our attendees who live in Calgary and area, we will be announcing a Otafest Aurora Pin Trading release party shortly after the pins arrive. The pins we have previously released will be available to purchase. How we handle staff pins will be determined once we announce the date of the party.

For our attendees who live outside Calgary and area, we will be setting up online purchases so that we can ship your pins to you directly. As soon as we are able to allow online purchases for pins, we will let you know. Those in Calgary who are unable to attend our pin trading release party will be able to take advantage of this as well.

Please keep checking back over the next few weeks for more information. We will be moving as fast as we can as we do not want to make you wait.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. I hope you had an amazing Otafest Aurora and I look forward to seeing you again.

Gareth Lypka
Merchandise Head
Otafest Aurora 2013

Charity, Plane Tickets, and VIP Passes!

25 Nov

Otafest is very pleased to announce our charity recipient for Otafest Aurora 2013: Senior Secret Service. This charitable organization operates in the Calgary area, and brings cheer to isolated seniors, one gift at a time.

Items we will have up for auction include:
- A trip for 2 to anywhere Westjet flies*!
- 2 VIP passes to Otafest 2014!
- 1 complete set of Otafest Aurora 2013 pins, in gold!

Otafest would like to thank WestJet for the generous donation!

To bid, please visit the silent auction desk on the 2nd floor by the main stairs at Otafest Aurora! Winners will be contacted in early December!

*you'll also get two general admission tickets to Otafest 2014 and two Otafest Aurora scarves! You thought this asterisk was going to be some kind of annoying condition, didn't you? If you're looking for the actual terms of the voucher, click here.

Online ticket sales have ended

24 Nov

Don't worry if you missed your chance to pre-purchase your Otafest Aurora tickets, we will still be selling festival admission tickets at the door, so come down Saturday at 10:00am onward to buy your pass!

We've sold out of Gala Passes online, so those will not be available at the door.