Our friend’s over at the Anime League are always looking into new ways to try and expand the Anime market in the UK and this is generally done in the form of meet-ups throughout the year. Their ambition is to have some form of anime convention or event in every county in the country, this lofty goal will not be met without the help of people like us.
Anime League is a non-profit making entity and requires our help, they recently sent through a press release detailing their ambitions and goals and have asked it to be shared with you – the reader.
MEETS TO BE EXPANDED
We shall be expanding our meet-structure over the next few months. Our plan is to cover every single region in the UK. As you may be aware, we already run a lot of meets (approximately 30 last year). The new plans will see over 50 meetups be run per year. Crucially the meets will happen regularly in EVERY region of the country.
We have split the UK into seven regions – Scotland, North-East, North-West, Midlands, East-Anglia, Wales/South-West & London/South-East.
Each region will have it’s own head-organiser and up to six meetup organisers working underneath them.
These regions will have a meet every two months – Scotland, North-East, North-West, East-Anglia and Wales/South-West
These regions will have a meet every month – London/South-East and The Midlands
Official Meetups will be designed to have between 15 to 50 people attending them. We also welcome people to create their own smaller unofficial meetups.
COSPLAY PICNICS CONFIRMED AS REGULAR EVENTS
On top of all this, we will also be running four free Cosplay Picnics per year in London, and cosplay picnics taking place elsewhere as well (such as the upcoming Cosplay Picnic event in conjunction with AniMedia-East in East-Anglia). We will also be running regular monthly clubs in both London and Birmingham.
The next cosplay picnic for London will be announced within the next week. Expect it to be Easter-themed!
MONEY MADE FROM OUR EVENTS ARE PUT BACK INTO OUR FREE MEETS AND EVENTS
All of our cosplay picnics will have free food and drink (and are free entry), and we are looking toward doing other very fun events for anime fans as well. We can afford to do this thanks to our other larger events. AL is a non-profit making entity, so we always intend to give any money made back to the fans in subsequent events.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! JOIN OUR CREW!
As part of our major expansion, we are looking for volunteers to help organise meets and events. If you have previously organised a meet/event or have an interest, please do get back to us! We are always looking for more people to bring into the fold, even if they’re currently uninvolved with AL. Signup in this topic here – http://www.animeleague.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=107086
MEETS TO BE PLACED ON THE ANIMELEAGUE MAIN-SITE
In future we will be placing links to all of our meetups on the Animeleague Front-page located at www.animeleague.net under Upcoming Meets on the left-hand side. This will be regularly updated, so make sure to regularly check our main site (and hopefully forums as well – we’re a very friendly and fun community) to see if there’s a meetup coming up in your local area!”
So if you’re interested, please contact Anime League directly.