30 Countries Prepare for World Cosplay Summit 2016 in Nagoya
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Cosplay enthusiasts are preparing to descend on Nagoya City in Aichi prefecture for the 14th annual World Cosplay Summit. A total of 30 countries are competing for the title. Last year's competition ultimately crowned Mexico's Twin Cosplay as champions.
This year, the competition is adding Canada, India, Switzerland, and Sweden for the first time. The championship is also expanding to cover two days, August 6-7, and dividing participants into two groups.
The event will take place at the Aichi Arts Center Concert Hall with multiple events planned. The festivities kick off on July 30-31 with the red carpet cosplay at Laguna Ten Bosch in Gamagori City. Organizers have reserved the open-air architectural museum and theme park Meiji-mura in Inuyama for exclusive cosplay use on August 2, and on August 5, the Bleu Leman wedding hall in Nagoya is reserved for a party and photo sessions. The World Content Forum, Anisong Karaoke King Finals, dance performances, and a cosplay flea market will also be held at the same time.
The main venue will be the Oasis 21 facility constructed in front of the Aichi Arts Center. Organizers added dressing rooms and a lounge to create a more relaxing atmosphere.
Participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Switzerland, Sweden, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam.
Source: Anime! Anime!