On 18 March 2016, the Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Facebook page announced that Singapore’s annual Funan Anime Matsuri (FAM) will return for its fourth year and be held at the atrium of the electronics and lifestyle shopping centre, Funan Digitalife Mall in City Hall. The convention will run during the school holidays from 6 – 12 June 2016.
As with previous years, admission to FAM will be free to the general public. The general attractions of FAM are its Main Stage events featuring anime music performances, artist workshops, commercials of recent/upcoming anime series and music videos as well as guest appearances by cosplayers usually invited to AFA. The remainder of the convention comprises goods, games and food exhibitors and in FAM 2014, the event space was expanded from just the ground floor atrium to include an artiste alley on the corridor of the mall’s 5th storey for artists to sell their anime-based artwork and merchandise.
Thus far, figurine company Good Smile Company, Genesis Frontier, the distributor of TCG products by Bushiroad (Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, ChaOS, Luck and Logic and Future Card Buddyfight), and Takara Tomy’s WIXOSS, have been present in all 3 previous incarnations of the event.
The lineup of invited artistes and exhibitors will be announced at a later date. Fans can watch the space at the FAM official site, which, at the point in time the article was written, displays information on last year’s event that can be used to get a gist of how this year’s event may be like in addition to the above trends.