Japan Pop Culture Festival

November 21, 2020
Queen's Theatre, Adelaide

AnimeGO! is a fun and interactive way to explore the vibrant and contemporary cultures of modern day Japan here in Adelaide. 


Joseph Mitchell

Artistic Director - OzAsia Festival (2014-2019)



Japan Pop

Culture Festival 2020

21 November 2020 - Queen's Theatre, Adelaide

Now in its fifth year, AnimeGO! returns in 2020 to bring you Adelaide's very own Japan Pop Culture Festival!



» Live music and performances

» Workshops and demonstrations

» Japanese BBQ and drinks

» Dream Sweet Maid Cafe

» Local Adelaide artists at our Artist Alley

» Consignment stall - buy and sell second hand goods and collectibles.

» Raffle

» Announcement of the winner's of the 2020 Short Anime Film & 4-Koma Manga competition's

» plus MORE!

A full list of events and activities to come.

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About Us


Who are we?


Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA), the organisation behind AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival, is non-profit and volunteer-run, aiming to promote social and cultural friendship between Australia and Japan.


Sound familiar? JAFA is also the organisation behind Adelaide’s largest Japanese cultural festival, the multiple award-winning Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival, which has been held since 1995. With over 25 years of experience, JAFA continues to bring quality community events to Adelaide.


Each year a dedicated team of volunteers make up the AnimeGO! Subcommittee and meet regularly for ten months prior to the festival. Our Subcommittee members are from a range of ages, backgrounds, fields of study and expertise, allowing us to consistently bring new ideas and experiences to the event.

What can I expect at the event?


AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival began in 2016 as a film festival showcasing old and new anime films. It has since evolved to encompass all aspects of Japanese pop culture: art, fashion, food, games, plus more. The festival features workshops, demonstrations and panel talks by industry professionals, as well as stalls by local artists, a maid café and your favourite Japanese arcade games.


AnimeGO! does not follow the traditional convention format – in fact, we’re not a convention at all! As the name implies, AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival follows in the steps of its sister event, Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival, to recreate the matsuri atmosphere from Japan. Our focus is on showcasing the cultural elements of Japan, with a pop culture twist. You’ll find fresh yakitori being served up at the BBQ, complemented by Japanese beer, for that izakaya feel; Japanese sweets will transport you to the backstreets of Harajuku, lined with endless dessert cafes; and our arcade area, whilst not a towering Taito Station in Akihabara, will give you a taste of some popular pastimes. You’ll find lots of anime and manga favourites, but also much more.


We hope you’ll join us on Saturday 21 November at Queen’s Theatre to celebrate all things Japan pop culture!



AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival is brought to you by the Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA)