After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, AFA – Anime Festival Asia will finally return to Suntec City, Singapore, on November 25 – 27. This is the first physical event that the largest and most followed J-Culture and ACG (Anime Comics Games) festival will have since its record-breaking attendance in 2019.
Everyone is excited about the revival of the AFA, a household name for J-Pop culture lovers in South East Asia. Since its inception in 2008, the AFA has held over 30 festivals in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. In fact, it was an almost yearly fixture in Suntec City until the COVID-19 Pandemic struck.
Hyped? Here are some things to look forward to at the event!
All the J-pop culture goodness we’ve come to expect from AFA is back in full swing s at the AFA Day Stage, Akiba Stage, and Night Live! There is so much in store for us across all three days. There are special anime screenings, cosplay competitions, I love anisong concerts, Vtuber talk shows and meet & greets, live panel discussions, and so much more! Expect a jam-packed weekend of fun with something for everyone.
Cosplay and Cosplayer Meet & Greet
Celebrating J-Pop Culture and ACG is inseparable from the cosplay community. Expect the entire festival to be abuzz with the most creative interpretations of your favorite characters from all your fandoms. This year, AFA will bring in six featured cosplayers: Charess (Philippines), Ely (Taiwan), Hakken (Malaysia), Hiroto Karamasu (Japan), Thame Malerose (Thailand), and homegrown talent Xiaouyukiko (Singapore). You can have your selfies with the featured cosplayers taken and instantly printed at the AFA Photo Booth. The all-new Cosplay Hub will also have special activities and exclusive merchandise from the most popular budding cosplayers.
AFA Creator Hub
There will be more than 150 creators showcasing their wares in what is expected to be the largest creator hub so far, as AFA partners with Pixiv, Japan’s biggest online art community. Immerse yourself in a truly global creative community with creators coming from all over the world.
A grand gathering of content creators won’t be complete without Gank joining the festivities. Visit us at Booth B7 near the AFA Day Stage and check out the awesome surprises we have in store! We have fantastic prizes to be won, cool merch to cop, special guests to meet and greet, and we’re even bringing back our 360° video camera for you and your friends to enjoy. For our established and aspiring content creator friends, you can win a one-year Boost+ subscription and make your content creator dreams a reality. Drop by the Gank booth this weekend at the AFA. Who knows? You might just be the next big Gank superstar!
SEE YOU ALL THIS WEEKEND!
This AFA weekend is shaping to be one of the can’t-miss events this 2022. After all, a three-year absence is a long time, and everyone is amped to join this year’s festivities. We are excited to celebrate the return of AFA with everyone, and we hope to see you there!