Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival Report
The event: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
The Place Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland Oregon
The time: 31 July to 2 Aug 2015; 100pm Session.
Hello Kitty’s Subercute Friendship Festival is touring North America until end of this mounts. There were five sessions available , I selected the 1:00pm to 5:00pm. I started at 1:00pm because I bought a ticket for the Red Bow premium package. This includes and exclusive photo op with Hello Kitty, one hour early entry, ( the main events did not start until 2:00pm and lasted to 5:00pm), and early shopping time.
I stated a day with a brunch at Hometown Buffet because my session would last the entire lunch hour. I got to the Coliseum around 12:00pm. What struck me there was only a trailer that showed there was the event but no lines. By1:00pm there was 50 us who line up for the early in and few others line up for general admission. We who had to premium tickets were led in separate rooms for a photo op and then to the main events section for a chance for shopping a d a few moment to enjoy the display before the general admission people were let in. I bought a few items than took a few pictures before the crowd came in. I also finally got to meet Evelyn, a fellow Hello Kitty lover on Hello Kitty Junkies, a social network for Hello Kitty fans.
There we two stages for shows and interactive displays and items displays featuring other charters and displays lined the outside of the arena Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival borrowed from past events. For example the charter balloons in the rafters came from Sanrio’s 50th anniversary event in Santa Monica, The opening song The World is saying Hello Kitty came was use to promote Hello Kitty Online, and the Slippers Tea Cup and Purse came from the recent Hello Kitty convention. While the display and shows appealed to children it was not dumb down to where adults could not enjoy the festival. I lie how the mascot know there stuff and were expressive in such cumbersome costumes . The best part of the sow to me was Batz Marau showing off his chops in a guitar vs. rock Violin section of the finale. The line were not long and people were able to get pictures with other characters , making the premium tickets not necessary except I look at it as a way to support the festival beyond general admission. The again I think the event was planned to handle a lot more people. Over all I enjoyed the event .
But alas, I wish my fellow Hello Kitty fans in North America would enjoy Hello Kitty’s Subercute Friendship Festival, but this not to be: Vee announced it has canceled the tour after Glendale Arizona this year. I know in back of my mind there was a huge risk having a large arena show. Hey would have to consistently sellout the event o make money. There were indications the show was struggle in Portland like discount tickets and large lines did not materialized. I think Sanrio and Vee is poorly handling that . I hope Sanrio can make good with another be it scale down national touring event .