Nishikaze (nee-she-ka-zay) is Japanese for west wind, a common occurrence here in Southern Alberta. Nishikaze is a local gathering for fans of Japanese anime, manga, and related media such as video games. While we showcase anime, we strive to expand our event into other areas of interest like live-action movies and Asian culture.

Our annual event is an occasion where fans can show their passion and appreciation of the hobby; to meet other like-minded people; to have open discussions about popular topics and to just have a good ol’ time!

What is Anime?

Anime is a form of animation from Japan. Unlike it’s American counterpart, Anime has something that anyone regardless of age, gender, or interest can enjoy. In recent years, Anime has become quite popular in North America. You can see several Anime programs on local and cable television today.

Why have a festival in Lethbridge, Alberta?

We believe there is an untapped fan base here in southern Alberta. We are well aware of the other festivals/conventions running in Alberta, but think that the Lethbridge fans are in need of their own gathering. In many cases, the local fans are unaware of the other events or how many people in their own community share their interest in anime and manga.


Event Date Attendance
Nishikaze 2012 June 30, 2012 Approx. 225
Nishikaze 2013 June 15, 2013 Approx. 275
Nishikaze 2014 June 28, 2014 Approx. 350
Nishikaze 2015 June 13, 2015 405
Nishikaze 2016 May 20-21, 2016 650+
Nishikaze 2017 May 19-20, 2017

Charitable Efforts

Starting in 2014, Nishikaze attendees have made charitable donations through various fundraising activities!

Event Funds Raised Donated To
Nishikaze 2014 $1,535 Last Chance Cat Ranch
Nishikaze 2015 $1,525 plus 120 food items Interfaith Food Bank
Nishikaze 2016 $1,500 Lethbridge & Area Humane Society
Nishikaze 2017