Anime & Gaming Festival 2021

Anime & Gaming Festival was held for the first time in Plovdiv on June 22 2019, in Hall 10 of the Plovdiv International Fair, as part of the official programme of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019 in partnership with EU JAPAN FEST. The event was attended by over 2500 people - from Plovdiv and guests from all over Bulgaria.

In 2021 the event will be changed in accordance with the situation in Bulgaria and the world. The most significant modification will be the event location - in 2021 it will be outdoors, on the square in front of the Central Post Office in Plovdiv. The change of location will not prevent the holding of most of the attractions related to the traditional and modern Japanese culture!

  • Lectures, demonstrations and screenings related to Japan
  • Cosplay competition with prizes
  • Workshops in various arts
  • Exhibition of works by Bulgarian artists inspired by Japan and its arts
  • E-sports and board games area
  • Partners - stands with goods related to Japan, drawing demonstrations of Japanese comics, thematic and information corners
  • Comic book reading 
  • Foreign guests

The event is planned for 24 and 25th July 2021, on the central square of Plovdiv. Stay tuned.


Event areas

17:00-20:00 Stands

17:00-20:00 Workshops - Ikebana, Kiri-e, Pixel Art

17:00-20:00 Gaming and retro gaming area

17:00-20:00 Comics reading room

Stage programme

18:00-18:30 K-pop buffoonery show

18:30-20:00 K-pop show


Event areas

10:00-19:00 Stands

10:00-19:00 Workshops - Ikebana, Kiri-e, Pixel Art

10:00-19:00 Gaming and retro gaming zone

10:00-19:00 Comics reading room

Stage programme

10:30-11:00 Lecture on Japanese art Kiri-e with a guest online from Japan - Sensei Mayano Onodera

11:15-11:45 Cosplay panel with jury: Dencha Cosplay, Wiccana Cosplay & Art  и Banshee Cosplay

12:00-13:00 Cosplay show and awards

14:00-16:45 Screenings on AMV (Anime Music Videos)

17:00-17:30 Interview with cosplay stars MiyoMayo from Japan

18:00-19:00 Review of Japanese kimonos and a lecture on Kitsuke - the art of wearing a kimono

© NAKAMA - Anime & Gaming Festival - official aftermovie

The project, supported also by EU Japan Fest, is a Nakama Association production and is part of the LEGACY programme of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019. 

Anime & Gaming Festival for second time in Plovdiv



General partners

EU Japan Fest

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