There’s revenue to be gained from Barbados’ pop culture.
At least that’s the belief of co-creator of AnimeKon, Melissa Young, as the convention sets to come off at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this weekend.
Themed Living Legends, AnimeKon, which is the island’s first and only pop culture convention dedicated to engineering a robust creative industry throughout the Caribbean, will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
Since its 2010 start, AnimeKon the convention has grown, with about half of LESC being dedicated to the event this year.
Like any other new emerging business they were challenges, and Young said one of these challenges were getting people to understand pop culture and that revenue could be gained from it.
Despite this, AnimeKon had reached across the Caribbean and as far as Portugal, India, and Malaysia.
The Living Legends theme was carefully chosen because AnimeKon creators, Young and partner, Omar Kennedy, wanted to pay homage to those who would have contributed positively to pop culture.
Kennedy said thus far planning the event was going “fantastic” and he was ecstatic at its development.
“Everything has gone beyond my expectations,” he said.
This year’s event between Saturday and Sunday will feature writers’ workshop, costume design workshop, Viking tournaments, gaming competitions, among many other activities. (CJ)