The Twentieth All-Russian Festival of Japanese Animation and Culture in Voronezh will host more than 5 thousand guests from Wednesday to Sunday, May 1 through 5. Fans of Japanese animation and culture will be able to participate in a cosplay show, an exhibition forum, lectures, master-classes, a costume parade, and a Japanese video game tournament. Also, festival guests will be able to take part in film screenings and a concert of the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Japanese conductor Kenichi Shimura, TASS reported on Tuesday, April 2.

– The festival consists of several events - traditionally it is a cosplay show, a concert, and seminars (at different venues). Plus, an open-air event (an exhibition forum in Scarlet Sails, a free photo session in the park near Spartak, and a parade in the city streets). The cosplay show has over 400 participants, about 2 thousand spectators, more than 100 people take part in the exhibition forum, the fair, and entertainment for the visitors, and 3 thousand people come to the park. We also have almost a hundred volunteers who help the organizers and the participants. Every year these numbers grow, – coordinator of the festival’s social networks Yelena Zherebchikova reported to RIA Voronezh.

The full program can be found on the festival website.

The All-Russian Festival of Japanese Animation is an annual forum of anime fans that has been held in Voronezh since 2000 and is the largest of such events in Russia. In 19 years, the festival has gathered over 50 thousand guests from all over Russia, near and far abroad countries.