Parent FAQ

  • 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, food, games, 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 turned 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 under 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, First Aid (EHBO) and security. We have been organizing festivals since before our first AnimeCon 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 15 years and will complain for more than 15 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?
    Most certainly not! 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. Most years we even 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. But certainly not everyone dresses up.

  • Do you serve alcohol?
    Alcohol is served at some locations, but most catering locations do not sell alcohol. Alcohol is only served by professional staff and they will ask for ID when someone looks to be under 25. For our 18+ events all visitors have to show their ID to security, regardless of looks. In general: although 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, however, 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 Rotterdam Ahoy you need a ticket. Only the reception is open to the public.

    Parents who are not interested in our festival can drink coffee nearby and there are plenty of other things to do in Rotterdam before picking up your children at the end of the day. 
    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 the site.

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