Insomnia Gaming Festival | A Celebration Of Gaming


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.


Friday 26th April @ 4PM – Insomnia Main Stage

Honouring and welcoming all ability levels of cosplay, this is a great place to get started in the cosplay world or simply show off your creation! The Community Masquerade will carry a series of categories the judges may choose to award you with.

Saturday 27th April @ 4PM – Insomnia Main Stage

It’s time we had the opportunity to wear the costumes we choose and have a platform that celebrates it! Costume and Play want to give you the opportunity to show off your costume skills, perform as your character and enjoy the community experience of costuming together.


You’re in the zone!

Want to get hands-on with cosplay? Ever wondered how to piece together a character from scratch? add lights to your cosplay prop? Experiment with sewing machines or try out some amazing weapons? whether you want to grab your next amazing photo with our installations, hang out and meet like minded individuals in our community area or experience and learn the techniques and tools of the trade, check out what features we’ll be bringing along!

The Foundry: Armour and Props

The armour is polished and the weapons await; all that remains is for you to visit their resting place. If you’ve ever wondered where the inspiration for your favorite fandom items originates and techniques to make them yourself, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be presenting a curated collection of props from beginning stages to finished pieces, and you could be there to get involved in our live demos and builds!

Sewing and Design

Want to overlock overhead, stitch stalwartly onward or appliqué away? Weaving digital, costume displays and live showcases, we’ll open up the intricacies of fabric, patterns, sewing tools and as many tricks of the trade as we can fit in. This is where beauty meets practicality and we’ll present, show and perform all together to arm you with the techniques for your next costume.

Cosplay: The Gathering

Culture mashups, cosplay experts and community leaders will all be available to talk to. Chat to like-minded cosplayers and brainstorm your next cosplay adventure, all while connecting with the characters that make up cosplay. Fancy some cosplay bingo? You can even leave your cosplay card for others to find and admire your work!

Stage and Performance

Want to get your hands on the latest in cosplay information? Whether you are a veteran or novice head over and catch our talks and shows, Featuring bite sized talks on your favourite cosplay areas from experts, stories about the good, the bad and the emergency repairs in the hotel room the night before, costume & prop production techniques, foundations of cosplay and the immensely popular Cosplay Skits, there’s something for almost everyone.

Photography and Installations

Featuring a series of set pieces to spark your cosplay imagination, we will have active and static sets for you to snap that perfect keepsake of the occasion! While you’re at it, why not see if we can’t help you to discover just the right stance for that signature action shot. Don’t forget to look out for our digital content challenges so you can join in on the action!


We want to take a moment to appreciate and credit the amazing Cosplays Cover Stars that will be featured in all of our promotional material on the build-up to #i69!

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