Cosplay Competition with ECG participation

European Cosplay Gathering

You may have heard about Japan-Expo in Paris before, because it's the largest Japanese Pop-culture related event outside of Japan. Two years ago, they have started a Pan-European Costume or Cosplay competition where only the Top 11 European Cosplay countries can compete!

The Netherlands is of course considered as one of these ten countries! Japan-Expo, in it's wisdom has chosen the Anime festival as the event that will send the Dutch representatives to the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG) at Japan-Expo in July! You as a solo Cosplayer or a team of two or three persons can win an expenses paid trip including hotel rooms to Japan-Expo where you will have to compete and represent The Netherlands at the European Cosplay Gathering and hopefully win fabulous prizes there!




Is over for the solo competitions

Not required for watching.


Aside from the usual rules, the following applies. Visitors of this specific event are allowed to take pictures of the event. All entrants need to agree to this if they want to compete in this event. A special entry for this purpose has been added to the Cosplay Competition registration form. However it is NOT allowed to use FLASH photography! Remember other people's personal (as well as third parties) rights will always apply, but what you do with YOUR pictures/recordings is YOUR OWN responsibility!


Aside from the usual rules, the following applies.

  • For cosplay weapons guidelines read the house rules/huisregels. Dutch weapons law will always apply!
  • You or your team must wear self-made costumes.
  • You or your team may use small props that were store bought.
  • You or your team must perform an act on stage that may not exceed 150 seconds.
  • You have to provide us with a small storyboard about your act when you send in your entry form. E.g. your act in five-ten lines of text.
  • Once entered you will get a script form to fill in the details of your act. This will have to be handed in on the 17th of May at the latest.
  • You will have to provide Work in Progress and reference pictures.
  • You must attend the Anime festival on Friday.
  • You must be 18 years or older on June 15 if you want to compete for the ECG. 
  • Your Cosplay must be from and Anime, Manga or Game, preferably from Japan. It may not be a fictional character you or your friends created.


If you have questions regarding the Cosplay Competition, kindly direct them to us, using the appropriate forum (Before you submit a question, please browse the forum to see if your question has already been answered) or send us an e-mail using our contact form (choose 'Cosplay Event' from the subject dropdown menu).


'Whole Weekend','Friday' (groups) AND Sunday (Singles) only visitors.


Archonia Room.


Friday: 20:00
Sunday: 15:00

For legal and safety reasons we are not allowed to exceed the Archonia room's maximum capacity. For the people that will miss out we will try to show a recording.

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