AnimeCon 2019

For the 21st time as an N.P.O (Non Profit Organisation), Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur (J-POP Foundation) proudly presents AnimeCon 2019: AnimeCon Goes South. Our theme reflects AnimeCon’s exciting move to Rotterdam Ahoy from World Forum The Hague and it is a cheeky pun on the idiom “to go south”, though we are definitely planning on finding true north. Whether visitors plan to go East or West, we hope they’ll think of AnimeCon as the best. 

Photo by Kristof Nachtergaele

When, where and how

AnimeCon 2019 will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy from Friday June 14th to Sunday June 16th 2019. Make sure you don’t miss out on this 56-hour pop-culture festival by purchasing a ticket right now. Please refer to our FAQ for questions regarding tickets ahead of time. We cannot guarantee to have tickets available at the door, because there is a limit on the visitor capacity. By purchasing a ticket early, they are not only cheaper, but you also support the festival.
We open on Friday 12:00 and close on Sunday 20:00. With a weekend ticket, you have access to the festival at any time between these days and hours (all 56 of them). However, with a day ticket, the times are slightly restricted. 
• A Friday ticket grants you access to the festival from 12:00 to 24:00. 
• A Saturday ticket is from 10:00 to 24:00. 
• Finally, a Sunday ticket allows entry from 09:00 to 20:00. We expect that there will be long queues.

If you would like to help tidying up on Sunday then you have our eternal thanks. However, you can also help out as a gopher during the weekend for a free ticket, more details and application here.


Why this theme?

Each year the staff tries to choose a theme for our festival to inspire our program. The theme is used for only a part of the video program and for banners and other media. We endeavour to make sure that nobody will be bored, so there are plenty of anime and events to enjoy that are not directly related to the theme. For a full list of themes and illustrations please click here.

More information

If you’re a familiar face at AnimeCon, then you know that the festival is not only about animation and film. Our event program offers a prolific amount of lectures, workshops, tastings and cosplay shows (including our international cosplay competition titled the Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup). 
And there’s more! You can play the latest, oldest and indie video games at the Game Room. You can purchase the newest or second-hand merchandise as well as hand-made goodies or drawn art at the Dealer Room. 
For practical information, please refer to the location page. Here you will find details about the venue, hotels, parking facilities, and public transport. 

Ticket Sales Closed

Booth open: 01-Feb-20

J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Warner Brothers Games
  • Hercules
  • Mindscape
  • Nationaal Videogame Museum
  • Samsung
  • Ziva Events
  • AFK e-Sports
  • Vertigo 6
  • Koch Media
Design & development by Bit Agency