A Letter to the Parents

To all parents and guardians,

                     Your child may want to come to Akumakon, but you might not have heard of us before. If so, we would like to start by giving you some information about Akumakon. Akumakon is a non-profit, student run convention in the heart of NUIG. We offer a place where people of all ages can come to enjoy not only Japanese Anime, Manga and Japanese Culture as a whole, but also Video Games and Cosplay (dressing up in costumes as character from anime, movies, video games, etc.). Everyone organising the convention is a volunteer, with each and every one of us wanting to provide a place to celebrate all things Japanese, and pass on a love of Japanese culture to others.

                     Every year, we take the opportunity to fundraise for charity, with €3,000 being raised last year for Cancer Care West and the Japanese Red Cross. Meaning that since our first convention in 2010, we've raised €13,000. This year will be no different, and the hope is to beat last year's number.

                     At the convention, there are Anime screenings, Cosplay competitions, Panels (interactive discussions or Q&As) run by Special Guests and members of the public, Video Game Tournaments and Special Events (previous years have seen Kendo demonstrations and Fire Shows). There is also a Trade Hall and Artist Alley, where attendees can purchase original drawings, paintings, and posters done by the artists there, along with memorabilia and treats difficult to find in your average shop.

                     In regards to your child, we will take every precaution to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. We do require that children be accompanied be an adult. However, we will of course have security and staff on the lookout for any issues. All cosplayers will be in child-friendly costumes. All of our panels are checked prior to the convention for any 18+ material, and any panel or screening that isn't child-friendly will require personal identification before we allow an attendee entry.

                      We hope we've given you a better understanding of what Akumakon is, and reassured you on the safety of your child at our convention. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. You can find a Contact Us form here or email convention@akumakon.com

We'll see you at Akumakon 2018!

The Akumakon Team