We love filling the schedule with panel applications from you guys, the attendees, but here are some of the highlights we've put on just for you.
The Opening Ceremony is our formal welcome party to the convention, don’t worry, attendance isn’t mandatory but who knows what announcements you might miss if you're not there.
Charity Cosplay Cafe:
Doesn't everyone fancy a bit of tea and cake on a Sunday afternoon? Indulge yourself and enjoy the service of our Cosplay Maids. All profits go to the Con Charity.
Pop Up Vendors at the Charity Cosplay Café:
We lay out some tables around the Cosplay Café which are yours to occupy and sell your wares in exchange for a donation of your choice to the Con Charity. These are for attendees who want to try peddling their products at a convention without the pressure of committing a whole weekend, buying in enough stock and ransacking Ikea for table dressing. So why not have a wander while enjoying tea and cake on Sunday afternoon and support your fellow creators.
Got stuff cluttering up your desk? Pushed under the bed? Falling off your bookshelf every time you read your manga? Stuff that Ebay or the Bring and Buy just don’t seem right for? Out in the bar we’ll be managing a ‘freecycle table’. If you put it down, it’s fair game for another attendee to treasure forever. But don’t go overboard and leave the kitchen sink, okay?
On your marks, Get set, Cosplay!
Words pulled from a hat create your prompt...Random items (some may even call it junk) are your materials. From there you have a time limit to use the items provided and your own imagination, and a member of your team as a model to create your cosplay. The loudest cheer at the Closing Ceremony wins!
Whilst HotaruCon won’t be entirely over, this is our formal way of closing out the weekend on Sunday afternoon where we announce the winners of our competitions (or we let you decide), total what we raised for the Con Charity and wrap up any loose ends.
Dress to impress and dance the evening away to a mixture of live music, dance tracks from MamaBear’s ballroom dance lessons and a setlist we’ve cultivated just for you.