An event that has been rising up the ranks among popular culture events here is the aptly named International Cosplay Day Singapore (or ICDS for short). Returning for its 3rd run on the 24th of August 2014, ICDS 2014 looks to build on the experiences and success from previous years to transform *SCAPE into a popular culture playground for fans new and old alike.
Spanning 3 levels of *SCAPE this year, ICDS 2014 will not only use the ground theater like the previous year but also have areas for merchandise, doujin, a cosplayer rest area and a media lounge as well. This not only shows the ambition from the organisers, Neo Tokyo Project, but also the commitment from *SCAPE to continue to support youth activities that encourage young people to chase their dreams and showcase their talent.
Visitors to ICDS 2014 will definitely have lots to do this year looking at the released event schedule. Starting off at 11am with the opening ceremony, stage activities will be on full throttle all the way to 8pm with highlights such as the Cosplay Talent Showcase, Cosplay Runway and the 4th Annual Cosplay Chess. Audience can also look forward to performances by Fight Saber, a premier lightsaber choreography and performance group, stage games and an AniDance & Music Party to end the day.
Cosplay fans are also in for a treat as ICDS 2014 will see two big names in the cosplay community gracing the event. They are Kamui who is known for her excellent armor and costumes and Dat-Baka who is known for portraying characters from iconic fandoms.
Both Kamui and Dat-Baka will not only be greeting fans on stage but also having a panel on armor making and cosplay make-up & fitness respectively. Fans of Kamui and Dat-Baka will want to check the event schedule to ensure they do not miss their cosplay idol.
Photography hobbyists and enthusiasts will also want to take note that critically acclaimed photographer Jay Tablante will also be coming down for this year’s ICDS. Having collaborated with D.C. and Marvel to produce some of the most iconic and daring images in comic book cosplay of all time, Jay will be exhibiting his work at ICDS for the third time.
Another highlight to take note, especially for Blizzard fans, is that Asiasoft will be bringing the highly anticipated Blizzard MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, to ICDS 2014. Still in its closed technical alpha stage, Asiasoft will give those without access to the game a chance to try it out at their booth and experience the fun and excitement that members of the POPCulture Online team have been having over the last month.
Video game fans would also want to visit the Game Start 2014 booth to find out more about South East Asia’s answer to E3 and the Tokyo Game Show. All about video games and with Sony bringing in big name titles for the Playstation 4 for the event, fans will not want to miss this one.
Launching at ICDS 2014 is the rewards program called the E.P.I.C lifestyle card. E.P.I.C. is a renewable, annual membership program that offers Enthusiasts, Photographers, Illustrators and Creators – the core segments that make up Singapore’s thriving pop-culture community – exclusive perks and discounts at stores retailing theatrical make-up, art and craft supplies, computer games, geek paraphernalia, photography studios and chic geek hangouts. The program will launch at ICDS 2014 with membership cards coming in four designs by homegrown illustration studio FantaisieNocturne Productions and we look forward to getting our hands on one.
Visitors to ICDS 2014 will also want to take note of ConQuest, a scavenger hunt game that will be happening throughout the event venue. Structured to reward everyone for simply being part of the event, this year’s ConQuest aims to encourage visitors to meet more cosplay friends and take part in the various games throughout the even venue. Attractive prizes such as shopping vouchers and the top prize of a dinner date with Dat-Baka for the Premium ConQuest are waiting so do remember to request for your ConQuest card when you reach.
One interesting thing to note about ICDS 2014 is the tiered ticketing system. While it is free in general for everyone to enjoy the event, those looking for extra benefits such as expedited convention entry, priority access to all signing sessions, panel access and exclusive prints from Kamui and Dat-Baka can look to purchase the higher tier tickets aptly named Rare, Epic and Legendary.
The POPCulture Online team will be down to cover the event next Sunday and even though we are still a week plus away, there is this sense of excitement among the team as we look to conclude our activities for the month of August with ICDS 2014. Do also keep a lookout at the ICDS Facebook Page for updates and for more information on the event, do head down to the ICDS 2014 Website.
Images courtesy of Neo Tokyo Project.
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