Ai-Kon is run by a nonprofit organization consisting of an independent board of volunteers who are dedicated to making the convention a memorable time for all who attend. It is organized by over 50 dedicated individuals and over 200 hundred volunteers in July.
16 years ago it first started Ai-Kon as an open-house event organized and run by the University of Manitoba Anime Club. The upstart convention grew into this popular bi-annual event bringing together anime fans of all sorts across Canada and even cross-border.
Ai-Kon is a three-day event held during the summer, which 24 hours Friday through Sunday. Our current base of operation is the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre; a long time partner that allows for our continuous growth and accessibility to all attendees.
July event has many anime convention staples, such as the cosplay contest, screenings, video games tournament, and marketplace for vendors and artists alike to showcase and sell their wares. Other than our focus on Japanese animation the convention has branched off to include other events that have varying amounts of overlap with our attendees' interests.
Thanks to the diverse range of anime fans, organizations, and clubs in the area, with each passing year we've been able to host panels and other events covering more ground from Japanese Tea Ceremony and Aikido demonstrations from the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to panels discussing the finer points of Go and ball-jointed dolls. Their continued support has been appreciated by all, as our programming expands to include an assorted entertainment, cultural presentations, and new pop-culture aspect so that there is something compelling for all attendees.