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The Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA) is a not-for-profit group originally formed with the goal of ensuring the continued success of Animethon. Formed under the Societies Act of Alberta in April of 2004, it operates with seven representatives elected from the core membership body. Our mandate is to promote Asian popular arts with our main focus on Japanese pop culture. Annual General Meetings are held every April.


ASAPA Board and Officers

Position Name Email
President Vlad Pohnert president@asapa.ca
Vice President Bryan Kennedy vicepresident@asapa.ca
Treasurer Julia Pylypow treasurer@asapa.ca
Secretary Ann-Marie Przyslupski secretary@asapa.ca
Director at Large Nathen van den Biggelaar director_3@asapa.ca
Director at Large Michael Daly director_2@asapa.ca
Director at Large Martyn Bampton director_1@asapa.ca
Safety and Compliance Officer TBA safety@asapa.ca

Animethon History

Animethon started back in 1994 by the Banzai Anime Klub of Alberta (BAKA), with the intent of promoting Japanese anime. It became a success by presenting well-known and more obscure anime to audiences, and has since grown to what it is now. Today, Animethon is presented by the not-for-profit Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA).

In the beginning, Animethon was a one-day event that allowed people to view different Japanese Anime movies and television shows within two classrooms at Grant MacEwan. Since Animethon 2, the festival has grown to utilize the entirety of the University campus for events, artist alley, education panels, and a large vendor hall. As such, the steady increase of numbers in attendees to Animethon has allowed for various vendors to expose themselves to a unique group of people both young and old.

A Taste of Animethon was first created in 2010. While nowhere near the size of Animethon itself it's been a successful event in it's own right with a steadily growing attendance. As of August 2018 A Taste of Animethon has been placed on hold for the foreseeable future.