SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is Australia’s premiere Japanese Pop Culture convention and in 2018 is making a triumphant return to the International Convention Centre Sydney for their biggest weekend ever.
Exploding with the excitement and energy of Japanese Pop Culture Australia’s biggest Anime and Manga convention brings Sydneysiders a huge array of activities across the weekend of July 14th-15th including Cosplay, Anime, Manga, Gaming, Art, and Entertainment for fans, by fans.4
“Bringing SMASH! back to the ICC Sydney is a great opportunity for us to engage the wider community,” says Andrew Qiu, President of SMASH! “We want to make sure everyone who is a fan of Japanese Pop Culture finds something they enjoy at SMASH! 2018.”
To celebrate their return to the ICC Sydney SMASH! has invited international stars of Anime, Gaming and Cosplay to join the fun. Japanese Voice actors Ryotaro Okiayu, Tsubasa Yonaga, Cosplayer Mon, American Voice Actor Spike Spencer, Director Takahiro Omori and acclaimed Video Game Director Taro Yoko are set to give Australian fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet, greet and have their questions answered across the weekend.
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Attendees can browse the ever popular Artist Market where over 300 booths of local artists will be on display. There’s also time to check out the Gundam Builders World Cup or have a go at building Gunpla yourself. Once that creative urge is fired up the SMASH! Art Area has Origami, a Graffiti Wall, Cosplay Life Drawing and much more for to see and do for free! When you need to burn some energy and unleash your inner Idol there is a dedicated Karaoke room as well.
Anime Screenings are available in the The AnimeLab Theatre and HIDIVE Theatre. These adjacent silent screening areas offer the audience members the option to choose which anime they listen to with the flick of a switch on their headsets. There’s also the chance to see video gamers battle it out in our Gaming Area and Trading Card Game competitions to watch and enter. An array of Live Music, Dance Performances, Art Demonstrations, Panels and Workshops on a large variety of subjects for people to enjoy are all included for free with your entry pass
Cosplay is the art of dressing up as your favorite character while embodying their personality and style and SMASH! is the perfect place to enjoy this wonderful hobby. For those who are new to the hobby the Cosplay Masquerade provides a chance to show off your outfit and pose on stage in front of an adoring crowd. If you are a veteran of the scene the World Cosplay Summit Preliminaries are where you can earn yourself a trip to Japan to represent Australia in the World Cosplay Summit finals. There will also be plenty of Cosplayers and photographers all around the convention.
Courteous Maids and attentive Butlers eagerly await your return as the SMASH! Maid Café opens its doors in 2018 to provide the unique maid café experience! A chance to relax, watch an Idol dance performance and recharge for the rest of the day with personalised service at your table. Take the opportunity to play games plus take a photograph with your assigned Maid or Butler