Jun 14, 2019Jun 16, 2019
Rotterdam Ahoy, Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA
Various prices, free for children under seven

AnimeCon is an annual anime convention in the Netherlands. This 52-hour fan convention features Japanese movies, video games, characters and merchandise.  

For three days in June in Rotterdam, the thrilling AnimeCon programme brings you an impressively wide variety of activities which set it apart from other conventions of its kind! Run by the Foundation for the Promotion of Japanese Pop Culture, or J-Pop, it is the largest Japan-related event in the Netherlands. 


Costumes and cosplay at AnimeCon

For this year's Animecon, which marks the 21st edition of the event, the theme is "AnimeCon Goes South". There are now over 17 countries participating.

There are all sorts of activities centred around costumes, whether you buy, borrow or make costumes yourself. You can get tips on specific elements of costumes such as footwear, or how to pose for better photos to bring out the best of your costume and how to take better portraits with limited time for a photoshoot. For the fifth year running, AnimeCon will feature a cosplay competition. The term “cosplay” originated in Japan in the 1980s, inspired by conventions like this one.

Many diverse events

You will not have a chance to get bored at AnimeCon, as there will be karaoke, an escape room, talks, workshops, lectures, concerts, food and drinks, speed dating, a pub quiz, an animation workshop for aspiring anime artists, whiskey tasting, and even prop-making.

Buy your AnimeCon tickets now

Buy your Animecon tickets online on the event website. Tickets are free for children under the age of seven, and children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.