LONG BEACH — Cultural Alliance of Long Beach and Ray of Lolita Dark present the Cherry Blossom and Anime Festival on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to midnight at 737 Pine Ave., Long Beach.
The event will feature workshops, demonstrations, live entertainment, fashion shows, AMV (anime music video), karaoke and cosplay competitions, and an after-party with DJs. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
12 p.m.: Opening ceremony
12:30 p.m.: Kimono demo
1 p.m.: Ondo demo
2 p.m.: Kendo demo
3 p.m.: AMV screening, Tokyo live broadcast
3:50 p.m.: Karaoke sing-off, hosted by Anton Torres
4 p.m.: Budo taijutsu demo
4:45 p.m.: Lolita Dark acoustic teaser
5:30 p.m.: Cosplay, hosted by Anton Torres
6 p.m.: Awards ceremony, hosted by Erika Mariko Olsen, 2011 Nisei Week Queen
6:30 p.m.: Fashion show by Fairytale Boutique
7:30 p.m.: Lolita Dark concert
8:30 p.m.: Stephanie Yanez concert
9 p.m.: After-party, hosted by Tune in Tokyo
Family Activities (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
California Grill Truck
Tropical Shave Ice
Holley Tea Time
So Kute Creations
Supa Pirate Booty Hunt
The mission of Cultural Alliance of Long Beach (www.CALBarts.org) is to support working artists of all ages in all artistic disciplines and connect them with the public in Long Beach through innovative collaborations, dialogues, promotions, and education in a cutting-edge art environment.
For more information on the event, visit http://cherryblossomanimefestival.wordpress.com/.