FUNN’s anime-themed extravaganza SHASHAH launches in Aljada

Sharjah24: The anime-themed extravaganza hosted by FUNN, a Sharjah-based organization that promotes media arts learning among children and young people, kicks off tomorrow (Friday) in Aljada, Sharjah, with an exciting line-up of activities including interactive workshops, film screenings, insightful discussions, musical performances, contests, and more.
The vibrant community of Sharjah and the UAE can dive into an immersive world of the international pop culture phenomenon with a mix of educational and entertaining events at Aljada, Sharjah, from 4-10 p.m. until Sunday, March 13.

SHASHAH, a biannual creative and educational event, aligns with FUNN’s mission to spark children’s creativity and imagination through new art forms.

Discover the joys of anime with 5 daily fun workshops
Several professionally led anime and manga workshops lasting 50 minutes each, conducted in English and Arabic and open to all ages from 10 years old, will delight the public aspiring to become expert in drawing anime. authentic anime and manga characters.

Five workshop sessions have been scheduled for Friday, which include “Create an Origami-Craft & Stop Motion” at 5 p.m.; “2D Anime Sketching,” which delves into the art of drawing anime portraits, at 6 p.m.; and at 7 p.m., “Creating Visual Novels” will teach attendees ways to add visual appeal and interactivity to novels.

“Coloring Manga & Anime” at 8 p.m. will offer attendees valuable tips and techniques on coloring manga character aesthetics while at 9 p.m. they will learn the art of drawing adorable little caricatures in “Intro to Chibi Style “.

On Saturday, young artists will benefit from two beginner workshops entitled “Introduction to Manga” at 5 p.m. and “Introduction to Chibi Style” at 6 p.m. Kashkool Games will take attendees to explore “The Mindset of an Indie Developer” at 7 p.m., while “Create an Origami-Craft & Stop Motion” and “Japanese Folktales Animation” at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively aim to further develop the creative potential of young anime fans.

The final set of five Sunday workshops includes “Backgrounds for Anime” at 5 p.m.; ‘The Basics of Manga Drawing’ at 6 p.m.; ‘Fundamentals of comics’ at 7 p.m.; ‘Introduction to Manga’ at 8 p.m.; and “Create Your Own Hero” at 9 p.m.

Exciting animated films for movie buffs
Visitors can revel in the gripping storytelling and animated illustrations of two popular animated films at SHASHAH this year.

On Friday at 8 p.m., audiences can watch “The Journey,” directed by Kôbun Shizuno and produced by Manga Productions in Saudi Arabia, which tells the story of a simple potter named Aus who takes up arms against a ruthless invader threatening enslave the people. from Mecca.

Set in an alternate timeline in post-World War II Japan, “The Place Promised in Our Early Days” is the 2004 debut film from critically acclaimed anime director Makoto Shinkai and will premiere in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai on Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in catchy melodies
This year, Shashah will elevate the drama of the rich and exciting world of anime storytelling with high-octane live musical performances that begin with Japanese singer-songwriter Fae Miranda’s delivery of J-pop and Anime OSTs on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Two solo performances are scheduled for Saturday, with pianist Mahmoud Ihab on stage at 7 p.m. followed by anime music guitarist ATS at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, M7MDX, singer of the main Arab animated TV channel, Spacetoon, will perform at 7 p.m.

Hear from anime artists and experts and celebrate the art of cosplay

The founders of UAE Anime Store, a one-stop destination for anime products in Umm Al Quwain, will discuss the journey that led them to create anime heaven on Friday, at 5:30 p.m., followed by an interview with a panel of ‘self-described ‘otakus,’ the Japanese term for devoted anime aficionados, at 6 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., visitors can participate in an open discussion about all things anime. On March 12, the team of young entrepreneurs and creatives who launched Mendhero Academy, the brains behind the Arabic board game and playing card company H2 Games, and the artist who goes by the name of ‘salahcartoonz’ will take part in a conference scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tell about their cosplay experiences.

During a round table on Saturday at 8 p.m., Omar Al Shreif, Mohammed Al Shaibani and Rashid Al Khayaal will share their expertise on the theme ‘How to take advantage of animation content via social networks’ while at 9 p.m. will test enthusiasts of the art form on their knowledge of the anime universe.
Visitors wearing costumes that recreate their favorite anime characters in the most authentic way will be the focus of SHASHAH’s cosplay competition on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Gala entertainment
Visitors can enrich their knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions with sumo wrestling demonstrations held daily in a dedicated area of ​​the Aljada complex between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

A game booth in the VR Zone will allow game enthusiasts to enter the immersive 360-degree world of Tokyo Chronos, a VR Mystery Visual Novel game. VR equipment and disposable masks will be provided to players.

Members of the anime community of all ages and backgrounds – whether enthusiasts, established and amateur artists, collectors or professionals – are invited to gather at Artists Alley during the event to network, exchange ideas, exhibit and share their works.

FUNN’s sponsors for SHASHAH include official partner UAE Anime Store, strategic partner Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), location partner Aljada, educational partners SAE Institute and Sandstorm comics studio (twofour54), and supporting partners Kashkool Games, Gamers Trove, Yugioh, Mend Hero Librairie Academy and Speedy Comics.

SHASHAH is open to all children and young people, anime enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to learn a new creative skill. To learn more and attend the event, visitors can visit


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