Cosplay Competition

Dr Horrible cosplay at Nine Worlds Geekfest 2013

Nine Worlds Geekfest is delighted to announce that it is holding a cosplay competition during the convention at the Radisson Hotel, Heathrow, from 8-10 August. Prizes will be awarded on the Sunday afternoon of the convention.

The inaugural Nineworlds Geekfest took place in August 2013. Innovative and groundbreaking, it brought together a plethora of strands, from the more typical sci-fi tracks featuring comics, gaming, literature and film, to Queer Fandom, Steampunk, Geek Feminism and Film. This year, new tracks will include Food Geekery, Whedon, Podcasting, Future Tech, and Race & Culture.

Cosplay is a big part of the geek scene, and costumes are a hugely important facet in creating the atmosphere at sci-fi events. Nine Worlds will be hosting workshops on costuming so everyone from newbies to seasoned cosplayers can learn something new from all aspects of costume creation and design. Sessions will be headed up by Cosplay UK, a two-person grassroots British business consisting of Rose (the stitcher) and Lee (the engineer). “We love taking on new challenges”, said Rose.

Costumes are just the beginning. Independent film-maker Fabby Styles, the Nine Worlds SFX guru, will be running interactive workshops on creating realistic theatrical wounds (on a budget). “Last year, the wound workshops were very popular and a lot of fun. It was great to see such a range of people – friends, families – all coming together to create gruesome fake injuries on each other!”

This year, Fabby is also running new classes on various styles of vampire effects, and how to create medieval fantasy hairstyles, collaborating with the Game of Thrones track. “I love the detail that goes into the production of Game of Thrones, and hairstyling is such an important feature of many characters. I'll be demonstrating styles for both short and long cuts; you don't need two-foot-long tresses.”

In line with Nine Worlds Geekfest’s policy, the programme will be both inclusive and interactive, with diverse programming a variety of guests, for audiences of all ages and interests.

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Press information: Claire Powell