Between the 28th February to the 1st March there will be a two day art and cultural festival occurring at the Richmond Adult Community College in Richmond Surrey which will include a Manga and Anime Art Exhibition. This festival celebrates all that is Japanese and is naturally entitled the Japanese Art Festival.
The Japanese Art Festival will feature Sonia Leong, who is a professional comic artist specialising in anime and manga who was the winner of Tokyopop’s UK Rising Stars of Manga competition and the winner of NEO Magazine’s 2005 Manga Competition. She’s best known for her work at Sweatdrop studios.
The organiser and keynote speaker will be Akemi Solloway, a descendant from an old Samurai family and is an expert in a wide range of subjects relating to Japanese history and culture.
The author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, Paul Gravett along with the legendary Helen McCarthy, of 500 Essential Anime fame, will also be speaking on anime and manga in the UK.
Entry to the event is free and will run from 1200 – 0000 on the 28th and 1100 to 1900 on Sunday. It’s located at Richmond Adult Community college and the details are listed below:
Richmond Adult Community College
Richmond station is on a direct rail link from London Waterloo with trains running approximately every half hour at non-peak travel times. It is close to many bus routes and is adjacent to the A316 which is one of the main roads into central London.
From Heathrow central tube station take the Piccadilly Line to Earls Court and change onto the District Line to reach Richmond.
H22, H37, 65, R68, R70, 190, 290, 371, 419, 490.
Mobility buses: 938, 963, 964, 967. For more information visit the TFL website
There is a taxi office located next to the venue.
Car parking space at the venue is limited. Please email us if you have specific requirements.
The Richmond Business School is located next to the large Old Deer Public Car Park, accessible off the A316 and off Parkshot. Pricing details:
Short Term (nearest section to the Business School)
60p per 30mins
MAX STAY 4 hrs
Long Term (furthest section from Business School, near to entrance off A316)
60p per 30 mins up to 4 hrs
6 hrs – £6.00
24hrs – £8.00
Mon – Sat 8am – 18.30pm
Sun & B/Hols 11am – 17.00pm
There are also other local car parks in the area including an NCP facility at 1 The Quadrant Richmond TW9 1BP.
Source: Japanese Art Festival (and for all of the travel information as well!)