Fan Art Contest!

Calling all artists! Nishikaze – Lethbridge’s Anime Festival is hosting it’s first ever fan art contest. The art must feature Ayako, our mascot, and use our theme for 2015 – Idols! Format and medium is up to you but please beware that you will have to submit the art to our email account.  All entries will be posted to our Facebook page where the public will choose their favourite. The piece with the most votes (likes) will win!  The winning entry will be featured in our guidebook, and the artist will receive free admission to Nishikaze 2015.

Guidelines & Rules

1. There is a limit of two (2) entries can be submitted by individual artists only (no collaborations).

2. Entries must feature our mascot, Ayako, and use the theme for 2015 – Idols! (J-Pop/J-Rock etc.)

3. Any entries featuring copyrighted material will not be accepted.

4. No adult-themed entries will be accepted. This will be at the discretion of Nishikaze Executives. Please ensure entries are suitable for all ages.

5. Artists may withdraw their submission from the contest at any time before the contest concludes.

6. Prizes are not transferable, refundable, or exchangeable.

7. By entering the contest, artists grant Nishikaze the right to reproduce their work for promotional use without any further compensation.

8. The Nishikaze Organization Committee reserves the right to alter the rules of this contest at any time.


Read ALL of the Contest Guidelines & Rules carefully to be sure you understand them.

All entries must be emailed to with the subject line “2015 Fan Art Contest”

Please name each file you plan to submit as follows:

Include the following information:
Your legal name
Your email address
How to credit you (legal name, pseudonym, studio, etc)
Contact Information to be posted with entry (email, website, etc)

Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail within a week of submission.


The winning entry will be awarded free admission to Nishikaze 2015. The winner will be decided by vote (likes) on Facebook. All decisions are final.

Deadline & Winner Announcement

All entries must be received by 11:59pm M.S.T, January 11, 2015. Voting will take place online till January 31, 2015. The winner will be announced February 1, 2015.

November updates

Hey guys, Nishikaze will be at Lethbridge Entertainment Expo this weekend advertising and hopefully doing a bit of fundraising. In the mean time, here’s a kinda grainy peek at our Otafest Aurora pin!

More announcements for 2015

We have updated our marketplace and advertising pages as well as releasing the related information packs as PDFs. You can find these under the marketplace listing.

Earlier this fall we held a logo contest for Nishikaze. We were looking for a distinct logo that will represent our event to the world at large. We want to illustrate how anime and Japanese culture exist within Lethbridge.
The winning logo will be used on a variety of promotional material and our official event merchandise.

The winner receives admission to Nishikaze 2015 and $50 cash. The runner up receives admission to Nishikaze 2015 and $20 cash.

The winning entry by Anonymous:

Design Logic: The design is based off of the kanji nishi 西, closing its corners and making it a half circle. The two stems represent Lethbridge, and it’s train tracks. The top represents the wind. The inside of the kanji represent Japan (symbolized by our AYAKO red) and the horizon of Alberta.

The runner Up by Raelyn Cahoon:

Days till Nishikaze


Nishikaze 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Admission (includes guidebook):
General (13+): TBA
Youth (6-12): TBA
Child (0-5): Free (with General Admission)

Admission tickets are available at the door!

Information about Maid Café Ayako tickets for 2015 will be available at a later date.


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