Regarding AE: Harumatsuri 2020

March 13, 2020 — Due to the effects of the global impact of COVID-19, the Vancouver Anime Convention Society has postponed Harumatsuri 2020 to Saturday, June 6th, 2020 (subject to changes and recommendations set out by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer). Please continue checking recent news on COVID-19 as it is a rapidly evolving situation. As of March 11, the World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The B.C. Provincial Health Officer has recommended citizens to maintain social distance, and banned the gatherings of large numbers of people with expected attendance over 250 people. We believe this decision is best for the health and safety of the anime community.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and support these last few weeks as we monitored the situation and explored our options. The health and safety of our artists, vendors, volunteers, and importantly our attendees is something we take seriously.

We know we will be impacting a lot of our community from our cosplayers, photographers, panelists and especially our vendors/artists. On our website/social media, we will be featuring all our artists, cosplayers, vendors and panelists until our next event. Please support the anime community in Vancouver through their Patreon or buying their merchandise online.

As stated, we will be postponing our date for Harumatsuri to this summer on June 6th, 2020 at the same venue, Nikkei Japanese Cultural Centre. All spots will be held until then. If you are not able to participate, please contact us at or for alternate arrangements.

Thank you again for being such a HUGE support of the anime community. Please stay healthy, wash your hands and see you in June~!!