Sunday, March 8, 2015

Neon Pop

Last weekend I attended a small cosplay opportunity event held at South Bank in Brisbane called Neon Pop. It was run in conjunction with the Bris-Asia festival.  I attended for a few hours with a fellow Lolita. I took a few photos of the event but as I only had my phone with me and the evening was rolling in fast, light disappeared quite quickly.

 We arrived in time to get organised and lined up for the cosplay parade. It turned out to be a very big line up of fellow cosplayers. We all walked through the crowd to line up around the stage for some group photos. Unfortunately there were so many of us that it didn't really work out that well. As for my costume, it was such a hot and humid day, that I had very few options that would not leave me in a pool of sweat. So, I chose to wear my Ariel Kiss The Girl outfit. It was still incredibly warm out.

 As for the event itself, I was rather disappointed with it all. The only entertainment were some kpop dancers that were on before we arrived, the cosplay parade and a couple of stilt walkers. I guess you could call the dj's entertainment, but it was a really terrible choice. What I could hear of the music was what sounded like pretty ordinary american rap. So, after the cosplay parade, the entertainment seemed to end. I picked up some food from one of the few vendors there. Only one was actually selling asian food, which I found really odd. My takoyaki was awesome, but it would have been nice if there were more options.

After eating and mingling for about 20 minutes, we decided to head home. Overall, the event was a bit lack lustre. There were so many things that could have been provided as entertainment. I think the organisers just didn't realise that they would need to put things on the stage and provide some form of entertainment for their attendees. I'm not sure that I would bother going again next year. It doesn't help that it was on in February - the middle of our horrid, humid Aussie summer. And while I am not a fan of cosplaying in summer, it was made even worse by the fact that this was an outdoor event with no air-con relief. 

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