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Cosplay at Insomnia

See your favourite characters brought to life with Cosplay at Insomnia!

Whether you want to be involved and have a chance to show off your skills in our Community Masquerade or if you want to see the pro’s battle it out in the Cosplay Championship!

Looking to get into the industry of Cosplay? Visit the Cosplay Zone to speak to the pro’s about best practice & techniques or get involved with interactive shows breathing life into the biggest fictional characters from the worlds of gaming and pop-culture.

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The Cosplay Zone

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From the sublime to the intentionally ridiculous, we’ll once again be welcoming cosplayers of any level and ability to our cosplay zone and to take part in our cosplay masquerade. With top prizes on offer, don’t miss the chance to showcase your creativity and costumes live on the Insomnia Stage.

Want to get hands on with cosplay? Ever wondered how to piece together a League of Legends character from scratch? add lights to your cosplay prop? Experiment with sewing machines or try out some amazing weapons? Come and have a go in our maker space; we will be systematically breaking down cosplay techniques by making parts of gaming characters you know and love through the course of the weekend and letting you try too!

Combining ‘Costume and Play’; get involved with interactive shows breathing life into the biggest fictional characters from the worlds of gaming and pop-culture.We’ll feature workshops throughout the weekend explaining the techniques you’ve learnt through our stage epics.

Jam packed with several sets to capture the perfect photo, a myriad of pro’s to chat to about best practice & techniques and several exhibits – including our new interactive Sewing Zone; visit the Cosplay Zone at i65!

Want to connect with the characters that make up cosplay? While we predominantly celebrate gaming characters, we will also be including a series of throwbacks to other fandoms and genres. Ranging from TV, Film, Anime and Comics. All cosplay is welcome at Insomnia Gaming Festival!

Cosplay Facilities at the event will include; Green room and repair station, changing rooms and friendly staff on hand to help. Visit the zone area in the exhibition hall and join the Cosplay Masquerade.

Cosplay Special Guests

Borderlands cosplay competition

Listen up, Vault Hunters! The celebration of all things Borderlands continues at Insomnia with Round Three of the 10 Years of Borderlands Cosplay Competition. 

The contest has been launched to celebrate the community of cosplayers who’ve created amazing Borderlands costumes, props, weapons and make-up styles since the franchise’s inception in 2009.

‘I met my bestest friend of the last 10 years through Borderlands cosplay, so it’s a series close to my heart. It’s such a friendly community, probably one of the friendliest ones I’ve been part of,’ said Ceri Cosplay, cosplaying one of the striking new villains: Tyreen Calypso.

With a wide array of weird and wonderful characters, the Borderlands series has really captured the imaginations of the creative community. The series’ distinctive art style, filled with bold and vibrant colours, and striking character designs have proven highly popular with cosplayers over the years.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the franchise, or coming in new to the series with this year’s Borderlands 3, you’ll love the creations of the Borderlands cosplay family – a.k.a. the Borderfam. The contest encourages any Borderlands-inspired cosplay, from the new Vault Hunters (Amara, FL4K, Moze, and Zane) and villains (Troy and Tyreen Calypso) to well-loved characters from previous games like Handsome Jack, Mordecai, Mad Moxxi, and Patricia Tannis.

Looking to enter and need some inspiration? Check out these cosplay guides.

Take a look at what round 1 had to offer!

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