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London Barbican Cosplay Extravaganza - November 2010

Date: 2010 October 27 16:16

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While cosplays in London will be busy gearing up for the London MCM Expo this weekend, you shouldn't forget that there's more fun to be had in London the weekend after. On Saturday 6th November 2010 The Barbican will be having a special late night event - the Cosplay Extravaganza.

They'll be a Cosplay Parade, workshops, a Goth Loli Fashion Show, Video Game Tournaments, some live J-Pop and Japanese Punk. Resident anime expert Helen McCarthy will be there to give a talk on Cosplay: A Short History (as well as being an anime expert Helen's also the author of Manga Cross-Stitch and is knowledgeable about cosplay to say the least).

The event is set to run from 6pm until 1am.

Entry to all the Foyer Events is free. This does not cover entry to exhibition, theatre or Kamikaze Girls screening.

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Press release as follows:

Barbican Lates: Cosplay Extravaganza

Saturday November 6th, 2010

Barbican Lates: Cosplay Extravaganza

This November, join us for a fun-filled Cosplay LATES night, inspired by the Barbican's Japan season. Manga heros and magical princesses invade the Barbican's foyer from 6pm with a Goth Loli fashion show and parade by some of the UK's best cosplayers! Or if Japanese music is more your thing, party with live bands and DJs until 1am!

Other highlights include a Puri Kura booth offering free prints, Japanese street fashion photographs projected across the foyer, video game tournament (sponsored by Tecmo-Koei) and a talk by celebrated author Helen McCarthy on the origins of cosplay and "otaku" culture. A number of stalls will also be present, selling manga artwork, anime merchandise, fashion and cosplay accessories.

If you are a cosplayer or lover of Japanese fashion, be sure to wear your best outfit - Cosplay Fever's Rob Dunlop and Pete Lumby will be on hand snapping away so you can get a photo with the Barbican's unique architecture as backdrop!

The event coincides with the Barbican's exhibition Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, running until February 6th 2011. On Saturday, 6th November the exhibition will be open until Those with a flyer for Barbican LATES: Cosplay Extravaganza may claim a £2 discount on tickets for the exhibition.

A late screening of Kamikaze Girls will also take place in the Barbican cinema at 11pm, as well as Japanese theatre production Shin Ten, taking place in the theatre at 7:45pm. Tickets are available on the website.

For a full schedule of events, please visit the Barbican website:

Barbican Lates: Cosplay Extravaganza
Venue: Barbican Foyer
Date/time: Saturday, 6th November, 6pm - 1am
Entry: Free (does not include entry to exhibition, theatre or Kamikaze Girls screening).
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