ECG Group and Solo 2018 preliminaries

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. A couple of years ago, they started a Pan-European Costume or Cosplay competition where only the Top 13 European Cosplay countries can compete!

The Netherlands is of course considered as one of these thirteen countries! Japan-Expo, in its 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 as a team of two or three people, 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!




You can now sign up here!

ECG Solo and its Waiting List are officially full, so unfortunately this competition is closed for this year!!
ECG Group still has some places open.

When signing up for this competition, you will in any case need to provide us with:
- Small storyboard about your act in 5-10 lines of text
- Ticket number
Without these, your entry will not be valid.

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!


  • For cosplay weapons guidelines read the house rules/huisregels. Dutch weapons law will always apply!
  • The Dutch team will be represented by a team of two or three cosplayers (this team must be in costumes from the same series) and a solo contestant.
  • You or your team must wear self-made costumes.
  • You or your team may use small props that were store bought.
  • The team must perform an act on stage that may not exceed 150 seconds; the solo act may not exceed 90 seconds*.
  • Once entered, you will get a script form to fill in the details of your act. This will have to be handed in on Saturday 19th of May, 23:59h at the latest.
  • With your script, you will also have to provide:
    - Work in Progress pictures,
    - Reference pictures,
    - Any audio/video you want to use during the skit.
  • 3D-printing: Somewhere on the final product needs to be an embossment of your makers mark (your initials) as part of the design. Make screenshots during the designing to add to your WiPs.
  • Teams may not use: Any items that can spill on the stage, like bubbles, glitter, confetti etc.
  • Teams may not use: Live fire, dry ice, live steel weapons or other things that could be a danger to yourself or others.
  • Stage ninjas are NOT allowed. 
  • You must attend the Anime festival at least on Friday if you want to compete for ECG Group.
  • You must attend the Anime festival at least on Sunday if you want to compete for ECG Solo.
  • You must be 18 years or older on June 11th 2018 if you want to compete for the ECG. 
  • You must be able to come to France in the first week of July for the European Cosplay Gathering.
  • Your Cosplay must be from an anime, manga, comic, video game, movie, TV series or J-Music. It may not be from a stage musical or be a fictional character you or your friends created.

*Please note that at the ECG, the solo act has to be 75 seconds max. The representative will have to adjust his/her act in accordance before the finals.


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 (Solos) only visitors.


Archonia Room.


Friday June 15th (Groups): tba
Sunday June 17th (Solo): tba

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.

Ticketbooth Open

Order your tickets now!

J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Wacom
  • Game Mania
  • The Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands
  • The Japan Foundation
  • AFK e-Sports
  • VUE
  • GameRoomS
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