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Anime Milwaukee Celebrates 11th Anniversary

Event to welcome more than 10,000 attendees Feb. 16-18

By - Feb 12th, 2018 10:22 am

MILWAUKEE (Feb. 12, 2018) — Anime Milwaukee (AMKE), Wisconsin’s largest anime and Japanese cultural event, will host its 11th annual event at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Wisconsin Center the weekend of Feb. 16-18, 2018.

AMKE expects to welcome more than 10,000 attendees to downtown Milwaukee for an expected $3.8 million economic impact. The entire three floors of the Wisconsin Center will be booked full with vendors, artists, video game entertainment, programming, over 20 special guests, and more. Connected by skywalk, the Hyatt will also host events for AMKE attendees.

AMKE offers 24-hour entertainment for the duration of the convention, providing night owls and early birds alike with plenty of fun! This year, the popular event pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of science fiction and fantasy media mega-hit Final Fantasy, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, with special guests and an exclusive, star-studded panel on Saturday night.

This event features popular attractions for the whole family, including the Cosplay Competition Masquerade and the Charity Ball, in support of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center — this year’s chosen charity beneficiary. The all-ages anime convention also features two high-energy, all-night dances led by deejays from around the world, cultural programming in association with numerous local Japanese and Asian businesses and educational organizations, and new for 2017, a fashion show with designer MINT NeKO. La Parfait Maid Café, a small business based in Indiana, will host an authentic Maid and Butler cafe experience in the VUE ballroom at the top of the Hyatt.

Other special guests include local and international illustrators, writers and cosplay experts, led by prominent Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro. AMKE will also welcome voice actors from multiple titles like Final Fantasy, Naruto, Overwatch, Pokemon, Viz’s Sailor Moon, One Piece, Durarara, Lucky Star, Hellsing, Duke Nukem, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, the Seven Deadly Sins, and more.

Don’t forget about the kiddos! AMKE hosts family-friendly activities, including children’s programming, the Manga Library, and the exclusive Cosplay Combat Chess event.

About Anime Milwaukee

Anime Milwaukee (AMKE) is an annual three-day all-ages convention celebrating Japanese animation and culture. Organized by parent company Entertainment & Cultural Promotion Society (ECPS), AMKE contributes $3.8 million in total economic impact and boasts an attendance of over 10,000. To register, or for more information about the 2018 Anime Milwaukee event and its programming, visit www.AnimeMilwaukee.org.

About VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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