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New convention center's second event will be Anime & Japanese Culture Festival


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Aniwave is Wilmington’s only Anime film and Japanese Culture Festival, an event started in 2007. It is a one day festival this year, and will be held on November 20th, 2010. The venue will be the Wilmington Convention Center, and will in fact be the second event to take place at the new center.

Aniwave is a non-profit event that demonstrates and promotes Japanese Animation and Japanese Culture, and the rising global culture the two have influenced. Each year, Aniwave, Inc.organizes programming that provides the public the chance to gather and experience examples of Japanese Anime and media, as well as
work inspired by it.

Sponsorship for Aniwave is generously provided by local businesses Digieffects, BuenaSpace and

Programming for Aniwave 2010 includes films screenings, cultural workshops, cultural demonstrations,
cosplay, cosplay contest, guest voice actors, an artist’s gallery, artist and merchandise vendors, and door

Japanese Anime and Manga Events
Film Viewings: Full-length Japanese Anime and Live action movies, Original Video Animations
(O.V.As) and select episodes of Anime series will be screened. Movie and series titles to be released.
Voice Acting Panel: Local Voice Actors will join Aniwave to talk about their professions as well as
particular works they have done. Guest voice actors include Marc Matney, Langly McArol,
Shaun O’Rourke, Tamara Mercer, Scott Houle, Patt Noday, and Chuck Denson.

General Cosplay: Aniwave invites those who enjoy cosplay to wear their favorite costume to Aniwave, as
well as traditional Japanese clothing (i.e. Kimono). Aniwave will also offer professional photography for
attendees who cosplay.

Cosplay Contest: Costume craftsmanship and presentation contest. Prizes, such as DVDs, will be

Fan-dubbing Workshop: An introduction to fan-dubbing workshop will offer attendees a chance to try their
hand at dubbing a clip of Anime, to give them a chance to see what it’s like to be a voice actor.
Cosplay Workshop: This panel is for those who always wanted to cosplay, but don’t know where to start
and those looking to improve their cosplay. The panel will include information on various ways to pull
together a great cosplay costume for a wide range of budgets. Full, handmade, costumes including
accessories, shoes, wigs, and weapons props, will be brought in for the audience to view up close and be

Cultural Events
Tea Ceremony Demonstration: A local Tea Master and her students will conduct a demonstration of the
Japanese Tea Ceremony, with an opportunity for audience participation. The event will include a brief
history of the ceremony, as well as an introduction to the various forms of the craft, and a chance for the
audience to view, up close, the various beautiful utensils used.

Japanese Crafts Workshop: This hands-on workshop will give attendees an introduction to Mari, the
thousand year old craft from Japan. Other crafts such as Origami or Calligraphy may also be added to the

Iaido and Aikido Demonstration: Iaido is the art of drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword. Aikido is
a defensive martial art which focuses on using an opponent’s momentum against them. The Garden of the
Spring Wind Dojo is led by Keith and Deborah McDuffie, and will conduct a demonstration of both arts
Art and Dealers

Artist Alley: Local artists will have a change to display and sell their Japanese culture, Anime and Manga
inspired art.

Dealers Room: This year there will also be space for dealers, and local comic book stores as well as small
dealers will join us.

Art Gallery: A showcase of Japanese inspired art from the local community and beyond.

More to come
Other events that are being planned for this year’s festival include an Origami or Calligraphy Workshop, a
Kimono wearing workshop, and a Karaoke room. These events have yet to be confirmed, however.

Pre-registration membership to Aniwave is $5 a person, and includes access to all of the events held at the
festival as well as a commemorative badge. At the door rates will be slightly higher, likely $6 or $7.
For more information about this year’s Aniwave Festival, please contact either Whitney Rooks at, or Alejandro Canosa at

For more information about the festival, you can also visit Aniwave’s website,,

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