Cosplay, or Costume Play can be seen at all Anime and Game-related events. Cosplayers are people dressing up like their favourite cartoon, comic or game character. Quite a lot of people cosplay at AnimeCon. The Cosplay Competition at AnimeCon is more than just showing your cool outfit! At our Cosplay Competition we require contestants to not only wear a great, self-made costume, they also have to perform an act; in-character as the character they are portraying.

Sign up here!

Sign-up starts on 05-03-2022 at 12:00 here

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 reference number
Without these, your entry will not be valid.


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. Dutch weapons law will always apply!
- Teams may consist out of 2 to 7 people.
- There are no age restrictions.
- There are no nationality restrictions.
- You and your team must wear self-made costumes.
- You and your team may use small props that were store bought.
- You and your team must perform an act on stage that may not exceed 180 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 a date yet to be determined, but will be 4 weeks before the convention, 23:59h at the latest.
With your script, you will also have to provide:
- Work in Progress pictures from all parts of the costume and relevant props,
- Reference pictures,
- Any audio/video you want to use during the skit.

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 allowed in a small way: our staff can hand you a prop or item from backstage or press a button for you. Interaction with the cosplayers on stage is NOT allowed.
You must attend AnimeCon at least on the day of the preliminaries.
Your Cosplay must be from an 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). 

Want to be there?

If you would like to be there, as a visitor or as a participant, make sure to get either a Saturday or a Weekend ticket!

Time & Location

The AnimeCon Group Cosplay Competition will be at the Hus Zaal on Saturday. The exact time will be announced!


You can watch this event via our livestream at

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