The Chibi Rouen, dedicated to Japanese pop culture, will be three times bigger this year!

The 2021 edition of the Chibi Rouen welcomed nearly 11,000 visitors to the Parc des Expositions de Rouen. (©Chibi Rouen)

After the great success of the 2021 edition, the meeting place for geeks and lovers of Japanese pop culture Chibi Rouen is back for a third edition October 29 and 30, 2022. Anime, manga, video games, J-pop, conferences, exhibitions, workshops… “More than 12,000 visitors are expected for this edition, as well as a hundred exhibitors”, explains Keyvan Estermann, production director at Swift Events. Something to delight lovers of Japanese culture.

A success for the 2021 edition

La Chibi Rouen brought together nearly 11,000 enthusiasts during the 2021 edition. More than 60 exhibitors were present on site. Hours of concerts, conferences and workshops followed one another over the weekend. In addition, the event had quite a significant impact: among the visitors in 2021, 33.4% came from other departments.

New for 2022

The organizers of Chibi Rouen, Swift Events and Rouen Expo Évènements, have seen things big this year! “The Show will be three times larger, since it will occupy five halls of the Parc Expo”, specifies Keyvan Estermann.
A new space will also be inaugurated, dedicated entirely to Japanese culture.

the gaming village also triples in volume, with a space of 3,000m2. A stage has just been added on which will be linked live commentaries and tournaments.
There will also be more restaurants “to facilitate the time to eat”

Distinguished guests

For this third edition, two dubbing figures will be on hand for discussion and signing sessions:

  • Alexis Tomassian, French voice of Justin Timberlake and Rami Malek, but also one of the voices of Tobey Maguire and Shia LaBeouf. In animation, he lends his voice to Martin Mystère, Light Yagamu in Death Note as well as to Philip J.Fry in the Futurama series.
  • Enzo Ratsito, singer, dancer and actor also specialized in dubbing. He notably lends his voice to the character of Tanjiro in the animated Demon Slayer.
    They will both be present on Saturday, and the meetings will be by registration on site.

All kinds of entertainment

This event promises to be festive with concerts and dances throughout, a space dedicated to the Star Wars universe, with a lightsaber battle arenaa cantinaof the wanderings of droids… but also an exhibition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the One Piece anime.

The Chibi Rouen will also be a selection stage for the french cosplay cup. At the end of the competition, the jury will designate the 3 winners, but also the finalist of the French Cup who will represent the Normandy region during the final.
In the world of video games, make way for tournaments! On computer, nintendo Or on PlayStation, you will have the opportunity to compete and even be rewarded . Virtual reality PCs and retrogaming arcades will be available to you throughout the weekend.

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Chibi Rouen is a selection stage for the French cosplay cup.
Chibi Rouen is a selection stage for the French cosplay cup. (©Chibi Rouen)

A space dedicated to Japanese culture

For this new edition, a new hall will be inaugurated entirely dedicated to the traditional japanese culture. “We wanted to separate pop culture and traditional culture,” adds Keyvan Estermann. On the program: gastronomy, combat sports, artistic disciplines (origami, calligraphy, dance…), traditional products, ceremonies…

We called on locals, in particular Norman martial arts clubs, and the Rouen Japan association for the ceremonies.

Keyvan Estermannproduction manager at Swift Events

On-site catering

Different catering stands will be installed and will offer typical dishes, such as japanese curry and ramen. For the less fond, a stand will offer hamburgers.

Prices: Saturday 14 euros / Sunday 12 euros / both days 22 euros. All prices are on

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