EDIT: Just a reminder that there is a meeting tonight from 6-8pm at the University of Lethbridge. We’ll meet in Physical Education, in front of the climbing wall (think Registration & Marketplace for 2017)
It has been quiet since Nishikaze 2017 for several reasons. One reason is much needed rest and downtime after our event. Another reason is for squaring our accounts with the various groups we work with. Yet another reason is to contemplate the future of Lethbridge’s Anime Festival.
Some people out there know that putting on an event like this takes a lot of time and resources. Expenses keep increasing while we fight to increase our income. This year saw a dramatic increase in expenses, primarily our venue, but unfortunately we had a down turn in attendance. So much so that we barely broke even. We still have outstanding bills that if all were collected today, we would have negative dollars in the account.
The stress of organizing & executing this event, even as small as it is in comparison to our sister events in Calgary and Edmonton, is too much for a single person to organize. That’s right, Nishikaze is effectively run by one person for most of the year and they can not do it anymore. The struggle to wrangle venue, guests, programming, merchandise, public relations, graphic design, and so many other pieces is primarily done by a lone individual with some support from others that come in about one month before Nishikaze.
Nishikaze is effectively dead. But there is still hope out there. There will be meetings organized shortly in August. Their purpose is two-fold: 1) You can come for live feedback and suggestions to how Nishikaze can move forward, and 2) Discuss becoming involved in the organization & operation of Nishikaze. Part 2 is the most critical. Yes, we don’t have much money to launch the 2018 event, what we really need is energetic and skilled individuals to handle critical parts of the organization to ensure that they get the dedication they need to improve Nishikaze. One person handling all roles means all roles are poorly executed.
Should we get the right people in the right roles, Nishikaze will still most likely have a significant change in the event itself. Restructuring the event will be critical in being able to continue. We may have to scale back or completely change the format of Nishikaze. This is also another reason to why you should come to one of our August meetings. Help us continue being an event you want to attend. If you can’t attend, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments & suggestions.
The meetings are slated for August 20, 2017 from 4 PM – 6 PM, and August 25, 2017 from 6 PM – 8 PM. All meetings will be at the University of Lethbridge, in Markin Hall Atrium.
Nishikaze – Lethbridge’s Anime Festival
These are key positions in Nishikaze that need to be filled in order to operate. The listing below is a sample of the duties required for each position. Some of those duties will require additional staff to assist [i.e. Guests] but the lead position must be filled first before any assistants can be assigned.
Works closely with Sales & Human Resources
– Venue Negotiations
– Equipment procurement
– Attendee Registration
– Information Desk
– Policy Enforcement
Works closely with Human Resources
– Videos (Selection, Scheduling)
– Panels (Recruitment, Selection, Scheduling)
– Events (Planning, Execution, Scheduling [i.e. Cosplay Contest, Charity Auction])
– Guest Negotiation & Liasons (Potentially independant staff position)
– Cafe Ayako
Works closely with Operations, Sales, Public Relations / Marketing
– Marketplace (Vendors & Artists)
– Partners & Sponsorships
– Advertising (Guidebook, Website, Social Media)
Public Relations / Marketing
Works closely with Programming
– Website & Social Media presences
– Traditional Media (Radio, TV, Print)
– Design & Publications
– Community Outreach
– Street Team
Human Resources (Volunteers)
Works closely with Operations and Programming