BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1811@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20090724T000000Z DTEND:20090726T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Originally held at the University of Manitoba campus\, the grow th of the convention necessitated a move to a larger\, more accessible fac ility\; first the Sheraton hotel in downtown Winnipeg\, to its current loc ation at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Once a UMAnime sanctioned event\, Ai-Kon is now run by a nonprofit organization consisting of an independan t board of volunteers who are dedicated to making the convention a memorab le time for all who attend (And in a good way!).\n\nAi-Kon is a three-day event held during the summer\, which runs around the clock from start to f inish. Other than our focus on Japanese animation\, comics and closely rel ated media\, the convention has branched off to include other events that have varying amounts of overlap with our attendees' interests. We host man y anime convention staples\, such as the cosplay masquerade\, assorted vid eo games with tournament prizes\, and rooms for vendors and artists alike to showcase and sell their wares. Thanks to the diverse range of anime fan s in the area\, with each passing year we've been able to host panels and other events covering more ground in other semi-related areas\, from Japan ese Tea Ceremony and Aikido demonstrations from the Manitoba Japanese Cana dian Cultural Centre to panels discussing the finer points of Go and ball- jointed dolls. Really\, we have so much of the latter here\, it's kind of unsettling!\n\nContact: 1-800-565-7776\n$39.00 per ticket available throug h Ticketmaster\nEvents begin with registration starting Friday\, July 24th \, at 2PM!\n\nVisit http://www.ai-kon.org/location/ online for more detail ed info. SUMMARY:Ai-Kon URL:/en/events/2009/07/24/ai-kon/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR