What kind of festival are you?
We are a multi-media festival for fans of any aspect of Japanese popular culture, like watching movies and videos, reading manga, playing games (both with and without computer), popular Japanese music, sake, martial arts, etc... The festival is highly interactive: most of our visitors come dressed up as one of their favorite movie, comic or game characters, there are many contests and workshops to participate in and many demonstrations, presentation and talks.
Our festival is non-stop: festival activities continue through the night and while there are quiet periods during the night there is always something to do and popular activities continue until 2 or 3 o'clock in the night.
When will my child get bored?
It usually takes at least a few years to get bored of our festival. Seriously! Your child will probably want to stay as long as he or she can. As batteries may be dead or cellphones off often the problem is to pick them up for the return journey.
Is your festival safe?
That depends on how old your child is. We are a 50 hour non-stop alcohol serving festival and we ourselves do not think it safe for children less than 13 years of age to walk around without constant adult supervision.
Having said that we do constantly try to make our festival as safe as we can. We hire professional security and have additional volunteers who are professionally trained for crowd management, EHBO and security. We have been organizing festivals since before our first in 1999 and we haven't had any serious accidents. That is because we are not complacent about security and are known for strictly enforcing our safety rules. In fact we would get a lot less complaints from our visitors if we let people run around with bulky bags and other large props that could cause casualties during any serious mishap. They have complained for more than 10 years and will complain for more than 10 years ahead. We are serious about security!
How old are your visitors?
We have visitors from the age of 7 up to 70, but over 80% of our visitors is between 15 and 25 years of age, with an average age of 22.
Visitors younger than 13 must by accompanied by an adult at all times.
Is my daughter the only girl?
No! Under the age of 22 female visitors are even in the majority. Every year that age climbs and we get more and more female visitors. This year, for the third time in a row we have slightly more female than male visitors.
My daughter says everyone dresses up. Is that true?
Pretty much, for our female visitors even more so than for our male visitors. Also many girls do wear much shorter skirts than they usually do, but they are most certainly not required to do so.
Do you serve alcohol?
Alcohol is served by the catering service, Maison Van Den Boer who has all necessary permits and uses experienced staff during our festival. For our 18+ events all visitors have to show their ID to security. But though alcohol is served: consumption is limited. We are not a drinking feast. We keep our visitors so busy that they have neither the time nor the inclination to consume a lot of alcohol.
Is there anything for me to do?
Actually a lot of parents visit the festival with their children as it is fun for both. We have a wide range of activities for grown-ups, e.g. sake and whisky tastings, several panels and presentations, our video program caters to a wide range of tastes - except we do not show any "adult" videos - and for most people it is just a joy to watch our visitors.
Do I need a ticket?
If you want to go inside the World Forum you need a ticket. Only the hotel restaurant is open to the public.
Many parents not interested in our festival drink coffee nearby and than there is plenty of other things to do in and around The Hague before picking up their children at the end of the day. E.g. you might visit the Tong Tong Fair (also known as Pasar Malam) at the nearby Malieveld.
If you think you might like our festival on seeing it you can usually buy a ticket at the door. Those are only a couple of euros more expensive than tickets bought through this site.
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