Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival


After-party | Raffle | Culture | Language | Food & drink | Fashion & cosplay | Games | Films | Music, dance & performance | Art | Martial arts

Below are details of the events that are confirmed to be taking place at the 2020 festival so far.

Please note all hour long talks and the film screening will now take place in The Sandbar which is next door to our venue's main entrance.

Details of the events that took place at the previous festivals are available: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2011


In the evening following the main festival, there will be a cosplay after-party co-hosted by the Manchester University Animation Society (MUAS), with DJs playing J-pop/rock/dance, anime and video game themes.

It will be held at The Sandbar (next door Sugden Sports Centre), from 21:00 until 01:00. Entry will be free-of-charge and open to people aged 18 and above only.


The raffle will be taking place on Saturday.

A raffle, with all proceeds going to Doki Doki's supported charity. Please be aware the raffle will be drawn out on Saturday afternoon at 16:00 and you must be present at the ticket drawing to win any prizes.


Talks, panels, stalls and workshops on various aspects of Japanese culture.


Activities involving the Japanese language.

Japanese language competition

This event will be taking place on Sunday.

We are holding a competition for people learning to speak the Japanese language. It will be split into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advance. The Manchester Japanese Study Group will host the event. This event will be held in a small meeting room upstairs from Sugden Sports Centre main hall starting between 12:00 and 12:30 and finishing at 13:30. This area has a new disabled lift for access, please ask the sports hall staff to assist you.

For an application form, please contact us. Or sign up at the main desk on the day

Food & drink

Fashion & cosplay

All attendees are encouraged to attend wearing traditional or contemporary Japanese fashion or cosplay.

Please read the cosplay rules on the Doki Doki FAQ, especially the props rules, which apply to all attendees.

There are male and female changing rooms with coin-operated lockers available on-site.

CLAM Activities: All proceeds go to Aid For Japan

CLAM will be running various charity activities on their table throughout the weekend for our sponsored charity Aid For Japan. Turn up at the CLAM table for drawings, makeovers, tarot readings and general nonsense.


Video games


Anime film screenings throughout the day.

Film screenings will be announced shortly.

Music, dance & performance


Various activities involving different forms of Japanese art.


Lessons in origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding will be run by the Japan Society North West team on Saturday only, with proceeds going to Doki Doki's supported charity.

Art competition

This competition session will be taking place on both days with prizes on both days.

Draw a piece of art inspired by anime, manga, video games, Japanese culture, etc. The only rule is that the entry must be drawn on the day on official competition entry paper. The event will run from 12:00 to 15:00 in Hall A&B seating area and is judged by this years artist guests.

Martial arts

Demonstrations of various forms of Japanese martial arts.

More to be announced!
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