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Uk Games Expo Reenactors and Cosplay!
Bigger, better, and packing a whole ton of stuff to do!
Always a popular part of UK Games Expo, the costumed groups attending 2017 will be portraying characters and monsters from Doctor Who and Star wars and many other popular shows and films as well as a bunch of hairy Vikings.
The groups include Galactic Knights, Cosplay 21, ICC, Time War, Thanet & Eastbourne Cosplay, the cosplay club (www.thecosplay.club) and the Vikings.
The costumed groups - aka cosplayers at UK Games Expo are all part of the fun and have been gradually expanding year on year. Between them they raise money for three large charities. They are in fact one of Games Expo's main routes to charity donations.
In 2015 All the commision that UKGE took from the bring and buy and collected by these groups and taken on the maths trade (around £4500) was donated to charities chosen by these groups and that will apply again this year.
We want you to be part of the fun! Vistors, including families and children are all welcome to attend in costume. We want UK Games Expo to be a super massive collection of every kind of cosplay and costume you can imagine:
• Original characters?
• Super realistic, space alien fighting, kung fu, laser wielding kittens?
Steampunk Costumes are also most welcome to UK Games Expo, so don your topper, dig out your bow tie, find your petticoats and come to this glorious weekend, the tea is on.
Costume, Props and Weapons Policy
Whatever it is you’re into, we want to see it! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a onesie-wearing-wonder woman or a resin-cast roman renegade; Cosplay is about the love of costuming and being able to be who ever you want to be, how ever you want to be them! (Please be aware that this is a family-friendly event so let’s keep the slave Leia’s covered as much as possible.)
We all want to be safe so please read the UK Games Expo policy on safe and appropiate cosplay and reenactors costumes, props and weapons.
So, “What Cosplay activities are going on?” I hear you cry, well gather round people, because I’m about to tell you!
Cosplay Zone @ UK Games Expo
The UKGE cosplay and reenactors will share an exciting Cosplay Zone in the UK Games Expo Trade Hall. Here the Tardis will materialise (for safety reasons specified by Time Lord Law, this has to occur on the thursday before you arrive - sorry about that) and all the groups will have tables with lots of cool props you can see and discuss with them.
Cosplay Competition @ UK Games Expo
The UKGE cosplay competition aims to reward and encourage great costumes as well as enthusiasm. There will be prizes for adults and children from a prize pool of £200.
We will be using a method used by Thanet Cosplay which has run cosplay competitions all over the country, and has a tried and tested method of making sure that every costume has a fair and just judging. All costumes are judged on a number of different criteria including little details, big details, hard bits, soft bits, effort on hair and make up, complexity, how the whole costume looks as a whole, and even how in character you are! We try to take as much as we can into account so that you’re whole costume is considered.
Please note: We absolutely do not judge anyone on their gender(s), shape, size, skin colour(s), ethnicity, sexuality(ies), age or disability, and we have a zero tolerance policy on bullying of any kind. Anyone found bullying will be disqualified from the cosplay competition and put on Santa’s naughty list for the next 5 years!
To enter the competition: head over to the cosplay desk on Saturday between 10.00-15.00 or Sunday 10.00-12.00 and sign up.
You will need to give us your name, age, a contact email and be there for the 3pm judging on Sunday.
If you are cosplaying as your own character please bring us some information about your character as well.
If you are under 16 you must have a parent/guardians consent and if you are under 14 they must be with you.
The Cosplay competition results are announced on Sunday 4th June. Prizes are handed out as part of our Prize giving at 3pm on the Sunday.
There will be a daily cosplay parade and costume of the day so please join us for this. Everyone is very welcome to join in.
Cosplay Masquerade @ UK Games Expo
Cosplay is largely about dressing up and having fun, but a lot of people put a lot of effort into their costumes,
spending hundreds of pain staking hours fixating on tiny details and sacrificing their social life and bank balance to do so. With that in mind, we think it’s only fair that we give them a chance to show their masterpiece off to an audience of adoring fans and allow them to be in the spotlight for a bit. That is why we host the Cosplay Masquerade. A cat walk type show where cosplayers of any kind can strut their stuff, and allow everyone an unhindered look at their amazing creation.
Photographers are allowed to take as many photographs as they like of the costumes, but we ask that the photographer do their best to get in touch with the model to share their photos.
Cosplay Masquerades are held daily around 2.30 to 3.00 Pm at the Main Stage.
Cosplay Theatre @ UK Games Expo
The only thing better than seeing a costume up close and admiring it’s splendour, is to see it in action, and watching the outfit become a character, and watching that character do what they do best: Be themselves!
So we’re offering “Cosplay Theatre”, a new addition to the Cosplay itinerary that allows cosplayers to perform skits and sketches of their characters to an audience. We find this is a great way for you to get a really good feel of what a character is about (metaphorically speaking, please keep your hands to yourselves!)
The beautiful thing about is cosplay is the huge diversity that exists within it, and with that there are bound to be costumes that not everyone will recognise, especially if it’s an original character, so this is a great opportunity for you to showcase your chosen character and why you love them so much! (We know about that fan-fiction on your computer!)
Scheduled slots are detailed on the Main Stage Time Table TBC
Cosplay 101 @ UK Games Expo
Cosplay 101 is a series of talks about certain aspects of costuming that we’ve found are frequently asked questions, these are all beginner level talks and will cover a range of topics from “What is Cosplay?” to “My wig is the demon offspring of the collective evil of the universe… Help!?” (It sounds extreme, but if you’ve ever had a cosplay wig, then you know the struggle is real!)
These talks are just what the doctor ordered if you are:
- Starting out in cosplay,
- Want to start and don’t know where to begin,
- Have started but have become a bit despondent,
- Or even if you’ve been cosplaying for years and years just want to come along and meet new cosplayers and offer any advice or tips you’ve discovered over the years.
There will be a Q&A session too so, if there is anything you’re unsure about that we haven’t covered then you can ask our panel who are a diverse and strange lot who between them have a wealth of knowledge, unseen outside of an episode of QI … (I may be lying about the QI thing, but they are pretty smart!)
Time table of our talks follows soon.
Cosplay Photography @ UK Games Expo
Coming to a convention, (especially one as amazing and diverse as UK Games Expo) is a great way to display your costume to a whole new audience, or to have your photo taken with your friends.
Which is why we offer a photography service, again completely free of charge although donations are welcome!
We will have a selection of Jedi capes and light sabres for you to use for photos so even if you forgot to come in costume you can still join in the fun.
Our photography suite will be set up in the cosplay zone and will allow you the chance to have a photographer take some amazing shots of your costume, or for you to have your photo taken with your favourite character! The Cosplay team will be there for you to have pictures with too.
So if you want you’re memories captured with one of our guys, all you have to do is ask!
Are you a photographer? Then do not fear, for we have got you covered too! (I know! We’re just too kind!) Our photography suite is open to photographers to use too, to take photos of costumers. We do ask however, that if you do use the suite as a photographer that you leave your contact details with us, including any social media sites, websites, or picture gallery sites so that the costumers, and indeed ourselves can find the photos you use. You will also be asked to sign a “Time for Print” release form, which will allow us to use any of the photos taken in our suite in any UK Games Expo or Thanet Cosplay related media. You, of course, will be credited in the use of any pictures.
Cosplay A&E @ UK Games Expo
Did you get in a fight with an orc, (or a small child)?
Have a run in with an Ent (or the stupid hedge outside)?
Did the ground open up beneath you thanks to a druid mage (or gravity)?
Well, then you are in luck, because our fantastic Costume healers are here to help you! Using arcane magicks and a lot of hot glue, we have a repair for just about every costume imaginable. Hard repairs, soft repairs, flexi repairs, we have a cure-all for it all!
Like the good ol’ NHS this is a free service, however, donations are always welcome which will go to charity.
UK Games Expo will be helping support the supply of materials and help keep our healers on top form… (Have you ever met a grumpy healer? It’s not a pretty sight!)
Cosplay Media Zone @ UK Games Expo run by Thanet Cosplay
Okay, with so much going on it’s hard to believe that we are cramming even more into this phenomenal event. But guess what? WE ARE!
Thanet Cosplay will have a media tent set up, in which surrounded by computers, phones, cameras etc they will try and keep the virtual world up to date with all the amazing things happening in the two massive venues! But I won’t just be talking to the virtual world, I want to talk to you!
Over the course of the event we would love to interview cosplayers from all backgrounds and get an idea of what Cosplay means to us a community. What is it the cosplay world loves? Thrives on? Why do we do what we do?
So if you want to tell us your story, tell us about your costume, your character, why you really love [insert the name of the thing you love so much here], what got you into cosplay, and even what brought you to UK Games Expo then come find us and we’ll have a little chat!
Please note that by taking part in an interview you agree to having any video/audio footage you are included in used by Thanet Cosplay and UK Games Expo.
So if you like the sound of all these magnificent things then you need to head on over the UKGE website and buy your tickets now! Tickets are selling fast and hotels become scarce quite quickly, so make sure you get in as early as possible!