R30,000 cash prize up for the win at the Rand Show Gaming Entertainment Pavilion cosplay competition

Over the weekends 20-21 April and 27-28 April, the Rand Show Gaming Entertainment Pavilion is hosting two cosplay events, including a cosplay masquerade and a cosplay competition.

Cosplay masquerade

The cosplay masquerade is an informal event, inviting kids and those new to the cosplay scene to get involved. Participants will be required to perform a skit on stage, and prize hampers will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The cosplay masquerade will run over two days, Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April.

Judging categories for the cosplay masquerade are sorted by age, between children 6-12 years, teens 13-15 years, and adults 16 years and up.

Cosplay competition

The cosplay competition is a more formal event, split into three divisions according to the participant’s level of experience – Newcomer, Like A Boss, and Beast Mode. Group entries are allowed, but must be registered by one member. The cosplay competition will run over two days, Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April.

  • The Newcomer division is for new and casual cosplayers, with prizes awarded for first, second, and third place in each category. Categories for the Newcomer division are sorted by age, between children 6-12 years, and teens 13-15 years. Previous competition cosplays are welcome.
  • Like A Boss is an intermediate division, with entry open to everybody except experienced cosplayers. Participants will be subject to pre-judging, and required to perform a skit on stage. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Previous competition cosplays are welcome.
  • The third division, Beast Mode, is for experienced cosplayers ages 16 and up only, and participants will be be subject to pre-judging, and required to perform a skit on stage. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, with the winner in the Beast Mode division winning themselves a grand prize of R30,000.

Other information

  • Online registration is open now until 7 April. Click here to register. You do not have to submit a photo of your cosplay.
  • Entry into the cosplay competition is free, but participants will need to purchase a ticket for the Rand Show at R150 per person. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are also available from Computicket for R100 per person, and all Early Bird tickets purchased online will be entered into a lucky draw to win a Suzuki Swift.
  • The Rand Show will be open from 19-28 April at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec, Gauteng.

Operating hours

Rand Show:

  • 19 – 22 April 2019: 10h00 – 19h00
  • 23 – 26 April 2019: 12h00 – 19h00
  • 27 – 28 April 2019: 10h00 – 19h00

Gaming Entertainment Pavilion (Hall 9):

  • 19 – 22 April 2019: 10h00 – 19h00
  • 23 – 26 April 2019: 14h00 – 19h00
  • 27 – 28 April 2019: 10h00 – 19h00

For more information about the event, visit the Rand Show website.

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