Cosplay

Cosplay in general

There will be many people in costumes at Blavicon. Someone will put them on just for the heck of it, others will come to compete. The cosplay contest will have two rounds: one non-public online and the other one public at the con. This will help us make sure you will be able to feast your eyes on the very best of what the con brings you cosplay-wise on Saturday. On that day, that is, the best cosplay contest will take place! Special guests from abroad will be present for the entirety of the con – these are the cosplay jury.

We will appreciate if you bring a medieval or The Witcher-inspired costume with any level of sophistication, because you’ll help build the atmosphere of the entire con. However, never forget that the costume is not everything. A real cosplayer is also a theatrical actor and behaves the part even using his body language!

How to compete

It is necessary to register for the cosplay contest in advance, no later than 25th March 2018, 3 weeks before the con. By application we understand buying a ticket online for the entire con and filling up the registration form.

We require submitting the following materials for the contest:

  • name of the character you are cosplaying, including pictures of the model
  • information about the costume (material, creation procedures, own creation etc.)
  • detailed pictures of the complete and finished costume (on your person)
  • cosplays which are approved by the jury to attend the con are required to send these materials and information about their performance

Incomplete costume or materials of insufficient quality may lead to elimination from the contest; however, if we do find an issue, we will let you know.

For the contest, it is necessary for the costume to be finished, complete, allow movement and could be displayed in all its beauty. Should you have any questions, please contact us at cosplay@blavicon.cz.

Special benefits for the contestants

Every contestant which will move on to the public round will have their own bed at Blavicon in the common room for cosplayers. This room is in the building next to the inn. Along the overnight accommodation, you’ll have another room available which you can use as a dressing room. This space will be meant for cosplayers only and will be lockable. Some refreshment will also be served during the Saturday contest. Cosplayers are free to use (or not use) these benefits from Friday to Sunday.

Rules and schedule

Cosplay contest schedule

The contest will have two rounds:

  • The first round will be online. All cosplayes will be judged by the jury according to submitted materials, and approximately top 15 cosplays will be selected (this number is subject to change) by 1st April 2018. It is necessary for the selected contestants to register at the event on Friday 9 PM (no need to have the costume on you then). The place will be specified to the selected contestants. Should there be any problem with the time, you need to notify us about this. Cosplayers who fail to register will be eliminated from the contest.
  • The second round will have two parts:
    • The first part will be non-public in front of the jury on Saturday at 9:30 AM. Each contestant will be assigned an exact time, so that they don’t have to wait for when they are next in line. The jury will evaluate the cosplay as such. Immediately after this part, there will be a sound test at 11:00 AM which everyone has to attend.
    • The second part will take place on Saturday at 1:00 PM on the main stage in front of the jury and the audience. The contestants are required to perform their own sketch, for which they’ll have 2 minutes tops. The minimum time is not specified, so you can just walk around the stage and leave. The whole stage, a microphone, a music background of your choice will be available to you (you need to submit the music in advance, before the event).

After all cosplayers’ performances, the jury will consult for 30 minutes which will be filled with another programme. After that, we will disclose the winners, who will accept prizes for the first, second and third places in the cosplay contest, the people’s choice and the organizers’ choice.

Cosplay contest rules

  • contestants must be 15 or older to attend; contestants under 18 years must have a signed consent from their parents or legal guardians
  • individuals or groups may apply (3 members tops); groups will be evaluated as a single contestant
  • completely store-bought costumes are not forbidden, but not welcome either; this fact will definitely influence the jury’s assessment
  • all realistic weapons such as swords, daggers, etc. are FORBIDDEN for use OUTSIDE the performance
  • disgraceful costumes or those going against moral and ethical standards are not allowed; the organizer and the jury reserve the right to eliminate such a costume from the contest
  • costumes or any characters exclusively from the world of The Witcher are allowed, be it from the book saga, TV series or the videogame adaptation – it is necessary to submit a picture, an image or a screenshot of said character
  • contestants must be able to move freely in the costume and to enter the stage by themselves
  • during the second round of the contest, contestants may perform any performance including their choreography, musical background, monologue or any other element
  • for the purpose of the contest, the costume is required to be complete – it is not allowed to put additional parts of the costume or fix broken parts before the audience
  • each contestants is allowed 2 minutes for their performance
  • by attending, all contestants give the organizer permission to take picture of them during the entire con
  • using liquids, sparkles or fire is not allowed; however, it is possible to make an exception after consulting in person

Jury’s criteria

The jury will evaluate the contestants based on these criteria:

  • own creation
  • quality and detail
  • functionality and execution
  • overall appearance
  • roleplay – performance and acting the part

The jury

Once again, the jury will be formed by five cosplayers from abroad. You can be looking forward to famous faces from the Witcher community from around the globe. We will disclose the jury gradually on our Facebook and then here on the website.

Atelier Lalicorne

We are Lalicorne atelier, a French-German duo which is absolutely crazy about the world of The Witcher. We started making cosplay in 2014 and since then we focus on producing the costumes related to The Witcher as best we can.

Only Philippa will be in the jury; her escort Regis will be our guest.

Corneline

I’m Corneline, 23 from France. I’m a professional costume maker, and I also create costumes and cosplays during my free time. Priscilla is my first cosplay, out of five Witcher cosplays (Priscilla, Dandelion, Dandeliona, Iris, Vernon Roche). I also sing her song! I love how Witcher costume designs can combine historical accurate details and Fantasy creativity. I’m glad to join Blavicon and meet you all there!

Skunk & Weasel

We are Skunk and Weasel, a German couple who loves videogames! We’re also a cosplay couple and make costumes together. Weasel will attend as Lambert and Skunk as Triss, maybe a different character as well.Only Lambert will be in the jury; his escort Triss will be our guest.

Abigail

I’m Abigail, an artist, a cosplayer, and a gamer. Although I’ve been a Witcher fan for a long time, I started to cosplay only a couple of years ago. My first costume was Yennefer, a basic and a cheap one, but I just couldn’t stop. My next cosplay was Triss Merigold. I made her 3 years ago, but have been improving her since. I also made masquerade ball dresses, and more Triss dresses await me still, because I just can’t get enough of Witcher cosplay!

Tarrer

I’m Tarrer’s Costumes and Props, and I’m 27. I love costumes and videogames, and I work for my favorite game studio CD PROJEKT RED as a Community Manager. I started doing cosplay in 2011, but I’m still pretty new to this world. My hobby is to make big/detailed costumes, and I always take my time to make them as good as possible! I made two of the Wild Hunt characters, because I’m in love with The Witcher universe and their design (especially the masked characters).

Registration form

Register by filling in this form. Pictures will start uploading from your form computer after clicking „Register“. The submitting can therefore take a while based on your internet connection.

Please double check if everything is entered correctly and truthfully. You can send additional information at cosplay@blavicon.cz.

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Above all, this is the band who was behind the recording of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soundtrack.

A musical band of four members coming from the South Bohemian town of Tábor, playing historical music ranging from the 13th to the 16th century, i.e. Gothic and early Renaissance. They welcome you wherever there is a need for the rumbling drums, hooting horns, mighty tones of medieval bagpipes and pipes, squeaking hurdy-gurdy and vielle and the rhythmical attack of sistrum. The whole experience is enhanced by songs sung in original old, often long forgotten languages.

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Now, after their first concert, they come to the next Blavicon, this time with their own stuff dedicated to the world of The Witcher.

In their songs, the band Druga tells stories inspired by Czech legends and Slavic mythology. The name itself came from a free translation of the Old Slavonic word for “friendship”. The band uses this to express that music is about mutual sharing of human experiences and stories, whose essence does never changes, not even through the course of centuries, regardless of history or technological advances.

Reference

Letho of Gulet

“The last year might be great, but this one will be better for sure. I’m talking royal entertainment, man!”

Letho of Gulet
Brewess

“I can see your future! You will go to Blavicon. And there you’ll experience what you have never seen or heard! I will tell you what life has in store for you!”

Brewess
Thaler

"Who’s not comin’ to Blavicon is a right fucken prick in my book!"

Thaler
Bart

"Grrrrrhghg... Me not remember, me not brainy much. Stew good, Bart good..."

Bart
Gaunter O'Dimm

"Never before have I got so many contracts in a single weekend. It was really demanding. For everyone."

Gaunter O'Dimm
Lambert

"I really enjoyed the con and the concerts, but people were going around, telling an awful nasty poem about me, a totally untrue one at that. So I’m not sure yet whether I want to go. But I guess I will. And will sharpen my swords real good."

Lambert
Uma

"Uma, uma umaaaa. Uma? Uma umamama!"

Uma
Dudu

"I was there last time as well, but I guess you didn’t recognize me. "

Dudu
Zoltan

"Well, finally some mighty fine shindig again! Fightin‘, drinkin‘, cards, wouldn’t miss this for the world!"

Zoltan
Shani

"And no drunk sword fighting! Last time I had to put one guy together, and given all the mead I drank, I almost sew his leg to his shoulder."

Shani
Eskel

"I've never, after a bender… woken up wearing nothing but my knickers. Well, except for Blavicon. I'm a sucker for women with horns! "

Eskel
Orianna

"It is forbidden for the children to drink alcohol, but is it forbidden for me to drink from children?"

Orianna
Filippa

"Not sure yet whether I’ll go. I’ll see…"

Filippa
Dijkstra

"My spies told me it was a big event. last time. Now I’ll attend myself – if the fate of the North is at stake, the head of Redanian intelligence can’t miss it."

Dijkstra

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