If you’re a fan of manga, anime and Japanese video games, you’re going to want to be in the capital of Catalonia between October 29 and November 1, when the 22nd Barcelona Manga Fair takes place at Fira Barcelona in the neighbourhood of Montjuïc.
Organized every year by FICOMIC (also responsible for Barcelona’s International Comic Fair), this celebration of Japanese entertainment and culture is expected to once again attract over 100,000 passionate fans to the city of Barcelona. Will you be one of them? Let us tell you what’s in store for you this year.
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Space & Activities
In 2016, the fair will cover a total area of 60,000 m², which includes 3 halls and a stage.
Hall 1 one of Fira Barcelona will be dedicated to Japanese Cuisine. Not only will you have the chance to taste delicious food, you’ll also be able to learn how to cook it – just take one of the various workshops on offer!
Both floors of hall 2 will be used at the fair. On the ground floor, you’ll find booths, a kids area, a video game zone and several exhibitions. It also features a conference room where talks and presentations will take place.
On the upper floor, there will be a meditation zone, a tea lounge, a mind and body room, more exhibitions, an area dedicated to general Japanese culture and another conference room. This section of the venue will also offer workshops on Japanism, Japanese games, macrobiotics and also the traditional kimono.
Fira’s hall 4 (hall 3 won’t be used) will feature some exhibitions, with the rest of its space being dedicated to workshops on manga, anime, cosplay, video games and YouTubers.
Finally, as in former editions, the Plaza Universo stage will host cosplay, dancing and singing competitions.
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The 2016 edition of the Barcelona Manga Fair will feature Japanese writers Banana Yoshimoto and Mitsuyo Kakuta, anime and manga artists Hidenori Kusaka, Satoshi Yamamoto, Junji Ito, Toshio Maeda and Belén Ortega, director Tamura Yoshimichi and cosplayers TWIN, Rian CYD and Never Fear. Renowned potter Chisato Kuroki will also be present, as well as master baker Takuya Taniguchi. The event will also feature live music performed by Band-Maid, Gaijin Sentai and Shogo Yoshii.
Tickets – A one-day ticket will cost you 9€, while a 4-day pass is priced at 27€. A limited number of cosplayers could get a free invitation for October 31, but we’re sad to tell you that those have already sold out. Tickets can be bought either at the venue’s box office or online right now – the opening day is already almost sold out as well, so we recommend that you do it as soon as possible.
How to get there – Fira Barcelona is located at Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, right next to Plaza de España. You can easily get to the venue by metro using either the red (L1) or green (L3) line and exiting at Espanya. If you’d rather go by bus, numbers D20, H12, V7, 9, 13, 27, 37, 50, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165 will take you there. There’s a special 30% discount in place for those who travel to the event by train, which can be very useful if you’re coming from outside Barcelona. You can find out more about it at FICOMIC’s official website.
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