AnimeKon postponed til 2021 to save 2020 theme
AnimeKon Invasion poster
There will be no AnimeKon 2020.
However, instead of announcing a cancellation the team behind the event have chosen to preserve the 2020-theme and postponed the event to 2021. Confirmation of this came from one of the Executive Directors and co-owner of AnimeKon Omar Kennedy in speaking to Loop.
The sad news for fans of AnimeKon was officially announced Wednesday (May 27).
The decision comes as a result of rising concerns and restrictions related to public gatherings with respect to the current global COVID-19 pandemic. In their statement, the organisers reassured patrons and let them know that they will be postponing the event until 2021.
"Just like each of you, we all definitely held out hope that it might have been possible to host AnimeKon this August.
"However, as the time draws nearer, and there continues to be ongoing uncertainty about the current pandemic both locally and globally, it became quite clear that the right thing to do would be to postpone 'The Invasion' until 2021."
The position was one the officials involved say they didn't take lightly. When Loopnews reached out for an official statement they reiterated that the health and safety of the AnimeKon fans was their top priority.
"The health and safety of our fans are paramount to us. After careful observation of the ongoing certainty surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic on a local, regional and international scale, we knew the responsible course of action would be to postpone what would have been our 11th event to 2021.
"Until that time, the AnimeKon story will continue to unfold in our signature and unconventional style, so fans need not worry about a complete lack of programming as the remainder of this year progresses.
"We remain grateful for the support of all our fans, exhibitors, partners, and sponsors who have shared their excitement for what they know will be a tremendous showing in 2021."
The island's only pop-culture convention was estimated to draw record crowds for the eleventh year but will have to wait to see if the global pandemic eases up into next year.
In the meantime, patrons can either go about transferring or getting a refund of their ticket purchases from this year's Animekon with instructions on the AnimeKon Facebook page.