February 24, 2018

RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave., Winnipeg

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Share the experience of Japanese culture, anime, arts and entertainment with your students this year with Ai-Kon!

Ai-Kon is  a non-profit organization that hosts Manitoba’s premier and largest anime convention, a family-friendly event suitable for all ages. We believe in the power of the community to shape and change young lives and are committed to creative development, developing future artists, and helping young people experience, appreciate, and participate in Japanese culture.

Winterfest is our single day convention that focuses on the celebration of animation, Japanese culture, video gaming, cosplay and our local community, held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. This year, Winterfest is will be held on Saturday February 24th, 2018.

2018 marks Ai-Kon’s 17th anniversary and we are offering a special Student Group Discount rate to schools and educational groups that wish to attend Winterfest.

The following information and policies will help you prepare your students for their convention experience. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you for your interest in bringing the appreciation of Japanese culture into your classrooms!


Booking Tickets:

The Ai-Kon Student Group Discount is 60% off the current registration price of a Winterfest Admission Ticket.

To book tickets:

  • Email your order to
  • We cannot add or remove individuals to a group after it has been registered.  If individuals drop out, their slot may be reassigned if prior arrangements are made with Please present final numbers when applying for this discount.
  • Ai-Kon Student Group applications must be submitted no later than February 1st, 2018.
  • Payment in full is due by five days after invoice is sent out by email. If the payment has not been received by this time, it will be considered void and the application cancelled.  If the cheque arrives after the deadline, the cheque will be destroyed and the application cancelled.
  • Payment can be made through the venue’s “tix123” eTicketing system or via cheque addressed directly to Ai-Kon Ltd. or paypal tractions
  • Group discounts are refundable up to five days before Winterfest.

Supervision:  Please ensure adequate adult supervision for your group.

  • To ensure that all schools can meet our supervision requirements, we will provide one complimentary adult ticket per every ten students.
  • Only one group per school is eligible for the discount.
  • There is a minimum of six students in a group with a maximum of sixty students in a group (excluding advisor/chaperone) to be eligible for the discount.
  • There is a minimum of one advisor/chaperone with a maximum of six advisors.
  • The program is targeted to assist junior high and high school students; all applicants (except the advisor/chaperone) must be 19 years of age or younger.

Changes and Cancellations:

If you need to adjust or cancel your order before the final payment deadline, please contact

Requests for changes, exchanges, or refunds will not be accepted after the final payment deadline. Refunds are not provided for patrons who did not attend the convention.

Preparation in the Classroom:

Ai-Kon’s mission is to promote the appreciation and enthusiasm for Japanese culture and animation. To fulfil our mission, Ai-Kon nurtures and unites this community through hosting numerous events throughout the year, including two large festivals, to foster appreciation of Japanese culture, heritage and arts. These conventions provide an enriching environment with on mandate programming and welcoming atmosphere for all to congregate and connect.

Our event programing falls into one of three entertainment exports from Japan: Animation, Pop-Culture or Video Games. Our partnership with the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba allows for on-site cultural demonstrations and instruction on historical and modern cultural traditions.

Before the convention, students are encouraged to look at the various influences Japanese culture and exports have on Canadian society. Iconic brand names, images, food, characters and historical figures are woven into our daily lives. Canadians are connected to our global neighbours in more ways than they may realize.

Career Study Discussion:

Many students find professional inspiration to future career paths and areas of study based on their hobbies and interests.

For art classes, gaming clubs, language classes and textile programs:

  • What made an impression on them?
  • Are there any public figures (authors, artists, actors, producers, etc.) that have inspired or influenced their work and or hobbies?

For film studies:

There is an increasing acceptance and appetite for foreign films in Canadian Theatres.

  • What has lead to this appreciation in a younger demographic?
  • How has exposure to foreign films and television impacted the Canadian market and film economy?
  • What trends are being adapted by modern Hollywood and animated television productions?


Picking up tickets: Tickets will be available for pick up at Ai-Kon’s Registration Desk.

  • At the event, the chaperone/advisor is to proceed to the registration desk upon arrival to receive the group’s admission passes.  The chaperone/advisor will be asked to provide a government issued photo ID.  Only the chaperone/advisor is authorized to retrieve the admission passes.

Please review the following information on convention etiquette with your students before your trip.

  • Ai-Kon is a family-friendly event that is marketed towards all ages; the event is also safe space.
  • Our organization is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of attendees/ staff/ volunteers/ exhibitors/ venue staff in any form.
  • There is zero tolerance for the consumption of alcohol, illegal drugs or inhalation of solvents;
  • Do not disturb, annoy or interfere with any other individuals, includes loud,  inappropriate language;
  • Supervision: teachers and other adult chaperones are responsible for their students’ conduct at all times while at the Convention Center.


Teachers and other adult chaperones are responsible for their students’ conduct at all times while at the Convention Center.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact:

School Group Order Form” pdf