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Welcome to Ai-Kon 2023!

Ai-Kon Winnipeg is Manitoba’s premier anime, video game and Japanese culture convention. Our inclusive and diverse convention is one of the largest in western Canada and is being held this year at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg from July 14th through the 16th. Conveniently located in Downtown Winnipeg, Ai-Kon is dedicated to the celebration, appreciation, and enjoyment of Japanese animation, video games and culture. Thousands have attended Ai-Kon over the past 20 years for opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals who share their interests. 

Our last in-person event had over 8,000 fans came out to the RBC Convention Centre to spend their weekend with us. 

As part of its mission, Ai-Kon brings fans together from across Canada by securing international guests from the anime and manga industry, which this year includes voice actors Greg Ayres, Ryan Colt Levy, Mike McFarland, Zeno Robinson, Ben Diskin, and Lucien Dodge; cosplay professional A.K. Wirru; and artists Sugarbones and Birdy. Tried and true content our attendees have come to love and enjoy include dance workshops, Japanese cultural demonstrations, Japanese media-related panels, the Ai-Kon Maid Cafe, our video game lounge, round-the-clock anime viewing rooms with featured, exclusive screenings; our cosplay contest filled with amazingly talented cosplayers, a large Marketplace hall selling innumerable amounts of pop culture merchandise and goods created by local artists, and so much more. In 2023, our Marketplace has grown to become the largest it has ever been, and we’re excited to be able to include the most artists, vendors, and exhibitors we’ve had since our humble beginnings at the University of Manitoba in 2001.

At Ai-Kon, one can expect to find amazing cosplayers who dress up as their favorite characters, one-of-a-kind events, concerts, dances, competitions, video gaming, and individuals of all backgrounds and ages who appreciate anime, video game and Japanese culture. The first child under 12 accompanied by a paying adult is free, with each additional child accompanying a paying adult costing $5.

703-177 Lombard Ave
7th Floor
Winnipeg, Mb Canada
R3B 0W5

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