Insomnia Gaming Festival – i65 (23rd – 26th August)

Cosplay Zone

From the sublime to the intentionally ridiculous, we’ll once again be welcoming cosplayers of any level and ability to our cosplay zone and to take part in our cosplay masquerade. With top prizes on offer, don’t miss the chance to showcase your creativity and costumes live on the Insomnia Stage.

Want to get hands on with cosplay? Ever wondered how to piece together a League of Legends character from scratch? add lights to your cosplay prop? Experiment with sewing machines or try out some amazing weapons? Come and have a go in our maker space; we will be systematically breaking down cosplay techniques by making parts of gaming characters you know and love through the course of the weekend and letting you try too!

Combining ‘Costume and Play’; get involved with interactive shows breathing life into the biggest fictional characters from the worlds of gaming and pop-culture.We’ll feature workshops throughout the weekend explaining the techniques you’ve learnt through our stage epics.

Jam packed with several sets to capture the perfect photo, a myriad of pro’s to chat to about best practice & techniques and several exhibits – including our new interactive Sewing Zone; visit the Cosplay Zone at i65!

Want to connect with the characters that make up cosplay? While we predominantly celebrate gaming characters, we will also be including a series of throwbacks to other fandoms and genres. Ranging from TV, Film, Anime and Comics. All cosplay is welcome at Insomnia Gaming Festival!

Cosplay Facilities at the event will include; Green room and repair station, changing rooms and friendly staff on hand to help. Visit the zone area in the exhibition hall and join the Cosplay Masquerade.

Cosplay Event Highlights

Saturday Insomnia Championship

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Sunday Cosplay Community Masquerade

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Event timetable

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Cosplay Special Guests

Enayla Cosplay

Enayla Cosplay

Cosplay Guest

Enayla is a cosplayer, armorsmith, and propmaker from the USA. Specializing in costumes with meticulous detail, massive scale, and complex engineering, she is always looking for ways to expand her skills and challenge reality. When not working on a project, she is active in sharing techniques and encouragement with the cosplay community, and is excited to see what attendees bring to Insomnia 65!

SDola Cosplay

SDola Cosplay

Special Guest

Stephanie Dola is one half of the 2019 World Cosplay Summit UK representative team. She has been cosplaying since 2009.

Stephanie’s cosplay specialties include pattern drafting, historical costume and not getting any sleep before a convention.

Lola In Progress Creative

Lola In Progress Creative

Cosplay Guest

Laura Benson, also known as Lola In Progress Creative, is a multi award winning cosplayer with a decade of experience.

She began her hobby in her home country of Australia. After attending her first convention she realised she could become her favourite childhood heroes. She has since completed costumes from a range of Anime, Games, Movies and TV and has had her work featured in multiple publications and exhibitions world wide.

A long time nerd, Laura has a passion for comic costumes but a good design with plenty of detail is all it takes to grab her attention for her next project. She enjoys learning new skills and improving on current ones and is entirely self taught, delighting in sharing and learning new techniques with fellow cosplayers.

You can find the lions share of updates and new work on Laura's instagram.

She is also available on a variety of platforms which can all be found here;

Geckozilla Cosplay

Geckozilla Cosplay

Cosplay Guest

I started cosplay in 2014 with my amazing cosplay buddy Half Pint Cosplay. Cosplay has become my main passion throughout my time at University (although my course was completely unrelated). I love being able to loose my self in a new project and also meeting amazing new people out at conventions.

 Fantail Cosplay

Fantail Cosplay

Cosplay Guest

Fantail Cosplay’s Luna has been cosplaying for 14 years. Always loving a challenge when it comes to Cosplay, whether it be a limiting budget, to something more mechanical like a pair of folding wings. She loves making Cosplay and the craft side always trying new techniques, but never limiting to one media, exploring into multiple areas with each costume from using Worbla to paper mache and from blanket stitching to embroidery. She is very excited to be able to attend Insomnia65 and meet all the Cosplayers and attendees.



Cosplay Guest

Hi I'm Cosqueenie,
Nice to meet all you lovely gamers and Cosplayers alike. If you want to know a little bit about me, I have been a avid Cosplayer for 6 years now and still loving every minute of it.
I wear a combination of homemade and bought Cosplays, although as time went by I found simply getting into a costume my favorite part! Cosplay to me is bringing the characters I love to life, and with that bringing smiles to both kids and adults; as I bring there beloved characters to life in the real world!

Fantail Cosplay

Fantail Cosplay

Cosplay Guest

Cosplayer down to the core, Silantre has been dedicated to making cosplays since 2005. She has proven her crafting skills with the creation of many different award winning costumes, ranging from armour to fursuits. She’s a firm believer that anything drawn on paper can be made into a costume, whether it be from cardboard and duct tape or with the latest materials and gadgets!

Atom and Katawa Cosplay

Atom and Katawa Cosplay

Cosplay Guest

Having recently performed alongside microsoft, with his costumes appearing in various promotions to syndicate videos, Atom Cosplay will be joining us in the Props Zone.

“I never really knew cosplay existed at first. I made costumes for fancy dress parties and Halloween, I entered my first Masquerade and fell in love. I work mainly with eva foam, expanding foam, cardboard etc, and love to upcycle/recycle anything into a costume. Since getting the hang of Foam Smithing, I’ve started adding motors, LEDs and even home made smoke machines into my cosplays.

Welcome to the Cosplay and Culture Zone

Cosplay Guests and Community

There are so many incredible ways to cosplay! We celebrate all of them!

Cosplay Props, Armour and Weapons

everyone from gauntlets to guns and worbla

Cosplay Fabrication, Sewing and Fabric Techniques

Hands on experiences to full costume displays.

Deadicated Cosplay Panels Stage

A dedicated cosplay and culture stage

Cosplay Photography

Photos under the sakura tree with Japanese clothes to try on

Cosplay Culture

Spanning multiple genres such as Anime, Film, TV, comics and even steampunk.

Cosplay Features and Zones

Digital Cosplay

Everything from animatronics to 3D printing and model making.

Cosplay Masquerade

Repair station, sign-up and help.

Workshops and demonstrations

Create and take home a cosplay project

Props, Armor and Weapons

Weapons and props of all varieties to interact with.


The Sewing Zone will teach you everything from fabric to various stitching!


The tools to construct your own costume alongside geeky merchandise!


An array of characters for you to interact with


Learn about Cosplay and meet guests

Zone Area

Get up close and personal with cosplay


Grab amazing shots of your cosplay


Make friends and meet like minded cosplayers

Buy Tickets

Join the fun!

Photography Credit: David Portass.
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