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Sydney, NSW, August 16th, 2016 —Let the countdown begin to Australia’s #1 Japanese pop-culture festival! Celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend (August 20th and 21st), SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is returning for another smashing two-day event that fans of geek, anime and pop-culture will not want to miss.

With organisers expecting a massive turnout of more than 15,000 attendees, SMASH! 2016 promises to deliver more colour, action, and entertainment than ever before.

smashcon_artistalley_jixiongBringing back fan-favourite events with a mix of new attractions, attendees will be able to boast their cosplay costumes on and off the stage; dine at the SMASH! Maid Cafe served by Maids and Butlers; purchase art and anime-related merchandise; build their own Gundam model; and learn a thing or two about cosplay and voice-acting from our guests.

Other attractions include Japan Foundation, Sydney’s BAKUMAN exhibition; the Australian Preliminaries of the World Cosplay Summit; Itasha Car exhibition; Madman Entertainment’s Love Live! Sunshine!! display; Japanese Fashion Parade; and the Indie Gaming Alley.

smashcon_worldcosplaysummit_tomsolaradtRenowned for bringing mainstream guests to Australia, SMASH! is once again hosting a spectacular guest line-up that will impress anime and cosplay fans. Special guests include voice actor HIDEO ISHIKAWA (Naruto, Final Fantasy), voice actress AI NONAKA (Madoka Magica, Clannad), and superstar cosplayers YUEGENE FAY and GOLDY.

The authentic Japanese pop-culture experience doesn’t end there! As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, SMASH! will be hosting a special anniversary event on Saturday night complete with activities and performances.

Welcoming old and new SMASH! fans, Prince of Vocaloid HACHIOJI P and NekoNation’s DJ CATALYSTIC will be spinning the decks to mark ten years of SMASH!. And for the first time ever in Australia, Vocaloid pop idol IA will be performing her #1 hits via a concert screening.

smashcon_outdoorcosplaygroup_smashconSMASH! President Andrew Qiu could not be more “proud” of SMASH! and its journey as a convention.

“Created for fans, by fans — SMASH! is truly an incredible event that unites people from across the country and beyond,” Qiu said.

“For fans and non-fans of geek and anime, this is a fantastic event that encourages convention-goers to experience Japanese pop-culture in a lively environment. When you look at the Australian pop-culture scene, SMASH! is on an entirely different level that no other convention can compare with.”smashcon_logo_2016

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is a Japanese pop-culture convention that is devoted to artists, creators and fans alike.

A driving force in Australia’s anime and manga community that attracts thousands of visitors every year, SMASH! has something for everyone. With high caliber guests, exciting activities such as cosplay, panels, games, and an extensive Vendors and Artist Market, SMASH! gives fans the chance to enjoy unique experiences and celebrate their fandom in a social environment.

SMASH! is run by SMASH Inc, a non-profit organisation created by fans for fans. SMASH Inc aims to create an open and affordable avenue that serves as a meeting point for fans with an emphasis on art, creativity and community involvement.

SMASH! 2016 is to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 20th and 21st. Attendees will be able to purchase tickets on the day from $35 – $55. For more information, visit www.smash.org.au.

The Indonesian Anime Times | The information provided are the views of the provider of the press release and does not represent the views of KAORI Nusantara and The Indonesian Anime Times

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