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CONNICHI-2011-078Manga fans will be visiting Kassel in the next few years too. 

Colourful costumes and bizarre heroes: last September, Germany's largest and most popular manga and anime convention, Connichi, took place in the Kongress Palais Kassel for the tenth time – and established a new attendance record with around 21,000 visitors. 

And in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, the manga and anime fans, often wearing imaginative costumes, will enrich Kassel's cityscape once again: a multi-annual agreement to this effect was signed between Kassel Marketing and the organiser a few days ago.

Oliver Höppner, Division Manager at Kassel Marketing and responsible for the marketing and operation of the Kongress Palais Kassel, says "this is excellent news and confirms that Kassel, as a destination, and the Kongress Palais, as a location for major events, are extremely attractive and, in many respects, provide the perfect conditions." 

The Connichi spokesperson Melanie Pickut is also convinced about the Kongress Palais as an event location: "The event in 2012 confirmed that, due to the extension, the Kongress Palais can easily accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors every year and is ideally suited for the implementation of the event concept. The numerous modernisations in recent times, particularly in the area of IT, are also impressive." 

Connichi has taken place in the Kongress Palais Kassel since 2003. The organiser and the participants are still delighted by the documenta city of Kassel and by the Kongress Palais. It was not least the extension by the colonnade wing that was completed in 2011 that was decisive for the convention being organised in the Kongress Palais in the next few years too.  

Further arguments in favour of Kassel were the first-class infrastructure (hotels, local public transport and services) and the optimum accessibility due to its central location in Germany. "At the same time, as a cosmopolitan documenta city, Kassel offers unique basic conditions for spectacular, unconventional, innovative and trendsetting events", says Angelika Hüppe, Managing Director of Kassel Marketing. 

In 2013, Connichi is to take place in and around the Kongress Palais Kassel for the eleventh time. Dates: 13th -15th September 2013. 


The largest German anime and manga convention by Animexx e.V. is an arena for cosplay, anime and manga fans from throughout the world. In addition to numerous retailers, exhibitors and show acts, the visitors, who numbered more than 21,000 at the last convention, can participate actively in workshops and competitions. International guests of honour, such as the most important directors, including the world-famous Japanese anime studios GAINAX round off the event concept. 

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