Anime Weekend Atlanta®
September 24th-27th, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel + Cobb Galleria Centre
+ Sheraton Suites Galleria
AWA Animator's Guild "Ink and Paint" Ball


Honoring the arts behind the medium of Animation, this year's Ball is the AWA Animator's Guild "Ink and Paint" Ball. Join us Friday September 26th for a Hollywood styled evening, complete with a red carpet walk for photos.

Our beloved Dada String Quartet is back playing your ballroom dance and anime theme favorites. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served from 8pm to 9pm, including the following selections -

Breads and Spreads:

  • Hummus
  • Spinach Dip
  • Warm Crab Spread
  • Pita
  • French and Rye Breads

Cheese Table:

  • Array of Soft Semi Soft and Hard Cheeses
  • Fresh Berries and Seasonal Grapes
  • Display of Artisan Breads and Crackers

Fresh Vegetable Harvest:

  • Selection of Garden Fresh and Baby Vegetables
  • Crispy Flatbreads and Grissini
  • French Onion and Buttermilk Ranch

Coffee and a selection of deserts will be served from 10:30pm - 11pm

There will be a non-alcoholic cash bar for sodas and mock cocktails.

A Ballroom dance class will be held at 5pm in the Willams Ballroom, for those who need to brush up on the Waltzes and Foxtrots.

The AWA Formal Ball is the highlight of the convention season. It is a chance to mingle with other Anime fans in an elegant atmosphere of class and sophistication. In order to maintain the proper atmosphere, we ask that our attendees respect each other and the event by following our dress code.

Our policy can best be described as a modified Black Tie. Tuxedos and Ball Gowns are preferred and will always be appropriate. Suits and cocktail dresses are also allowed. Cosplay is encouraged, but must fit the formal nature of the event. The costume must either be something the character has worn to a formal event or would wear to something this special. A great way to attend as your favorite character is to find a formal outfit that echoes the characters color scheme, then add the appropriate hair and makeup for the character. Stealth Cosplay using tuxedos and ball gowns. Dress uniforms are always appropriate, provided they are in fact accurate. Current Military personnel understand that duty wear is not at all appropriate and have been trained to wear the proper ‘Mess Dress’ for the situation.

Crossplay is allowed, if done seriously and with the tone of the event in mind. Dressing in drag as a joke or prank is not allowed. As previously stated, Tuxedos and Ball Gowns are the preferred attire regardless of gender. We want to see you in your finest whatever you are wearing.

No jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirts, sportswear, or trenchcoats please. Converse All Star sneakers are not allowed, even if you are cosplaying as the Doctor. He knows when to wear the proper footwear and would do so for us (we asked).

Masks are discouraged as they can impede vision, which can be dangerous on the dance floor. We also request that any wings or other items do not extend beyond the shoulder. Large wings can also be a hazard while ballroom dancing.

No replica weapons/props please. This is an evening of refined entertainment, not a place for the tools of conflict.

Tickets are $35 if purchased online before AWA, $45 at the door. On site sales will begin around 5pm Friday outside the Williams Ballroom.

Questions or comments? Contact Jason R. Merrill, the Events Administrator at