Manifest (convention)

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Manifest (Melbourne Anime Festival)
Status Defunct
Venue Melbourne Showgrounds
Location(s) Victoria
Country Australia
Inaugurated 2000
Most recent 2013
Attendance 7,100 as 2009[1]

Melbourne Anime Festival, colloquially known as "Manifest", was a three-day fan convention held in Melbourne, Australia. It focused on the art of anime and manga, East Asian culture, and its associated fandoms. Manifest was held at the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne until 2009, when it moved to the Melbourne Showgrounds. It was held in August each year. Following the 2013 convention, Manifest closed its doors.

Manifest was run by the not-for-profit organisation MAFI (Melbourne Anime Festival Inc.) and staffed entirely by volunteers. The organising committee held regular meetings to plan and organise the event, and was made up of 30-75 people. In addition, more than a hundred individuals volunteered their time on the event weekend to help run the convention.

History[edit]

Manifest was originally held at the University of Melbourne until 2009, when it moved to the Melbourne Showgrounds. On 1 December 2013, it was announced that Manifest would not be running again in 2014 due to financial and staffing issues. [2]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attendance
11–12 October 2001 Melbourne University
Old Arts Building
Melbourne, Australia[3]
10–11 August 2002 Melbourne University
Melbourne, Australia[4]
8–10 August 2003 University of Melbourne
Economics and Commerce Building
Melbourne, Australia[5]
14–15 August 2004 University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Melbourne, Australia[6]
23–25 September 2005 University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Melbourne, Australia[7]
22–24 September 2006 University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Melbourne, Australia
3,500 (estimated)[8]
14–16 September 2007 University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Melbourne, Australia
4,400 (estimated)[9]
26–28 September 2008 University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Melbourne, Australia[10]
4,800 (estimated)[10]
21–23 August 2009 Melbourne Showgrounds
Melbourne, Australia[1]
6,750 (estimated) [1]
20–22 August 2010 Melbourne Showgrounds
Melbourne, Australia
26–28 August 2011 Melbourne Showgrounds
Melbourne, Australia
8,900 (estimated) [11]
17–19 August 2012 Melbourne Showgrounds
Melbourne, Australia
16–18 August 2013 Melbourne Showgrounds
Melbourne, Australia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Manifest 2009 Information". Melbourne Anime Festival. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/MelbourneAnimeFestival/posts/777817638911442
  3. ^ "Manifest 2001 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Manifest 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Manifest 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Manifest 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Manifest 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Manifest 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Manifest 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  10. ^ a b "Manifest 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  11. ^ http://animecons.com/events/info.shtml/2397/Manifest_2011

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