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NY Anime Festival 2011

New York Anime Festival (NYAF) is taking place October 14 - 16, 2011 atnyanime-Naruto-Shippuden the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York City.

This year, fans of all things comic have a treat in store: NY Comic Con and NY Anime Festival are joining forces to present a real mangapalooza for Tri-State area fans.

Kicking off the festivities is a free evening of entertainment with DJ/artist Z-Trip.

"This is the first time that we have kicked off New York Comic Con with an official evening of entertainment and I know that we will have a packed house," notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC.

Special Guests at NYAF include:

  • Digital idol Hatsune Mikumakes her NYC debut at this year‛s NYAF, with her creators in attendance:
    • Hiroyuki Itoh, CEO of Crypton Future Media, the company which created Hatsune Miku
    • Toshihiro Fukuoka, writer, and the Executive Producer of this summer's Mikunopolis LA concert
    • Masataka P, one of the most popular creators of Hatsune Miku dance videos on the Internetnyanime-Hatsune-Miku

The three discuss

  • "Hatsune Miku: Beyond the Character" -- Miku's character, songs and music videos
  • the Miku Miku Dance software
  • "Hatsune Miku: After MIKUNOPOLIS," exploring Miku's US premiere concert at AX Anime Expo in Los Angeles this past summer
  • the world premiere of a special 30-minute MIKUNOPOLIS concert film

Dai Sato and Katushiro Harada will be present at NYAF as well:

  • Sato is one of the biggest names in the anime world and is the writer of Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wolf's Rain, Eureka Seven, Ergo Proxy, Eden of the East -- and the new Tekken: Blood Vengeance in 3D, which will have a world premiere screening at NYAF.
  • Harada is the godfather of Tekken. He's worked on Tekken games for the past 16 years and currently is the leader of the Tekken Project as well as the Chief Producer working on the Soul Calibur series and Tekken X Street Fighter.

Also attending are

  • Hiro Mashima, creator of the successful Fairy Tail manga and anime series
  • Michael Sinterniklaas, dubbing director, and voice actress Stephanie Sheh, with a special screening of Gundam Unicorn 3: The Ghost of Laplace
  • Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice of Naruto, in a special Naruto Shippuden panel
  • Masayuki Ozaki, co-creator and Executive Producer of the hit Tiger & Bunny
  • Koichiro Natsume, President of Aniplex of America
  • Hideo Katsumata
  • Masayuki Ozaki Children-Lost-Voices poster
  • Cherami Leigh
  • Chris Castagnetto
  • Chris Sabat
  • Colleen Clickenbeard
  • Justin Cook
  • Kevin McKeever 
  • Mandy Bonhomme
  • Mario Bueno
  • Misako Rocks!
  • Newton Pittman
  • Roland Kelts
  • Sean Schemmel
  • Todd Haberkorn
  • Tyler Walker
  • Uncle Yo
  • Veronica Taylor

 A Special Guest with a mini-retro is Makoto Shinkai. Although a relative newcomer to the anime feature screen, he already has several potential classics to his credit which will be screening at NYAF:

  • Voices of a Distant Star
  • Place Promised in Our Early Days
  • 5 CM Per Second

Shinkai will introduce the NY Premiere of his latest film, Hoshi O Ou Kodomo / Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.
Shinkai will also be in Conversation with Roland Kelts.

Aniplex of America presents:

  • the US premiere of the highly anticipated anime series Fate/Zero. This screening features the first 2 episodes of the series.
  • the world premiere of the first 2 episodes of Guilty Crown
  • the first 3 episodes of the series Madoka Magica
  • the New York premiere of Onigamiden / Legend of the Millennium Dragon

Several excellent Panels are being presented, including:nyanime-Tiger-Bunny

  • Unusual Manga Genres
  • Mythbusters: Anime Edition
  • Evangelion, Deconstructed
  • The State of Mecha
  • Conventions, Cosplay, Masquerades & YOU

plus panels with

  • Anime News Network
  • Aniplex of America
  • Bandai
  • Crunchyroll
  • FUNimation
  • Gaia Online
  • Vertical, Inc.
  • VIZ Media
  • YEN Press

Other events are:

  • Live performances by singers and other artists, including:
    • HITOMI
    • Yani
    • Ayumi Nini
    • Sneko
    • Nekomimi
  • Autograph sessions with artists
  • Announcement and screening of Anime Music Video Contest winners
  • Apple Kissa Maid Café – entertainment area that includes karaoke, dance, contests, and How Well Do You Know Your Vocaloid Songs?
  • Cosplay! - it wouldn‛t be Anime without it, culminating in the Saturday Night Masquerade

Fundraising for Japan relief efforts continues. There will be an Art for Hope preview, as well as a limited edition poster available for a suggested minimum donation of $5 (all proceeds benefiting Architecture for Humanity).

For more information, go to

New York Anime Festival
October 14 - 16, 2011

Jacob Javits Convention Center
55 West 34th Street
New York City

The 7th Annual New York Gypsy Festival

The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its seventh year with another outstanding performance schedule and a total of nine shows from September 9th – October 1st, 2011.

Gabby Young and Other Animals

Since its first show seven years ago, this grassroots festival has reached thousands of fans and immigrants in New York, transcending barriers and celebrating the music of the people of the Roma (ie. Gypsies).

Over the last seven years the infamous festival's reputation has grown to one of national prominence. That which defines the Gypsy diaspora, tenacity, vivaciousness, variety and spirit, in turn defines the entire festival.

 In preparation for the epic 7th edition of the New York Gypsy Festival, 15 headliners haved been lined up for the "loudest and proudest" festival New York has to offer.

Highlights include:

  • The US debut of Italy's much revered Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
  • New Mexico-based A Hawk and a Hacksaw
  • Austria's Electro Swing masters Dunkelbunt & The Secret Swing Society
  • Barcelona's wild and creative band Freak Fandango Orchestra

From klezmer hip-hop to flamenco funk, Balkan jazz & blues to indie-pop there is a little something for everyone on this year’s menu.

For more details, visit

The New York Gypsy Festival
September 9 - October 1, 2011

85th Ave A (between 5th and 6th Streets)
New York City, NY

Bumbershoot, Seattle's Premier Music & Arts Festival

Seattle may be notorious for its cloudy weather, but there's a voluminous silver lining to be found in its thriving arts scene. Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, is an annual Labor Day weekend event not to be missed.

Since 1971, the festival (named after a Jazz Age slang word for "umbrella") has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance and visual arts.

North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Over 100,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend reveling in the world of Bumbershoot, experiencing everything from regional favorites to international superstars across all arts disciplines.

So bring your bumbershoot just in case -- unless you, like most Seattle folk, shun umbrellas -- and you'll be ready to start singin' in the rain at Bumbershoot!

To check out the lineup and many activities scheduled for the event, go to

September 3-5, 2011

Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, Washington

Bluestock Blues - New Music Fest Plays the Catskills

The Bluestock Blues Music Festival is being held August 26 - 28, 2011 at the Hunter bluestock-buddy-guyMountain Ski Center in Hunter Mountain, New York.

This debut of a major Blues Festival in the northern Catskill Mountains of New York State, features a wide variety of great performers that represent all aspects of Blues music. Bluestock is co-presented by Radio Woodstock and Steve & Jeff Simon Present.

Radio Woodstock produces the annual Mountain Jam Festival which, after a mere six years, has become one of the top festivals in the country.

"This is a great next step for us. We have wanted to promote another annual music festival and co-promoting a Blues festival with Steve & Jeff Simon Presents is the perfect scenario", said Gary Chetkof, Founder and President of Radio Woodstock.

Read more: Bluestock Blues - New Music Fest...

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