Endymasia Cosfest 2019

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Endymasia Cosfest 2019

Some common-interest communities have become so huge that they’re a unique culture in itself. The cosplay scene has been around ever since the 1960’s and is still on the rise worldwide.

One of the awaited fests this summer was held on the 25th of May 2019, a Cosplay event called “Endymasia Cosplay Fest 2019” was held at Meghalaya Bharat Scouts and Guides, Shillong which gathered 25+ cosplayers from in and around Shillong and also have seen a few participants from other states in India as well. “Endymasia” is taken from the Greek word meaning “costume”.  It was organised by a Shillong based group called PG Arts founded and headed by Phindasieng Giri, Damutskhem Giri and Garry Nelson Syiem.

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Cosplay is the practice by which participants build or make their own costumes of which ever character from a film, book, or video game they want and dress up like them to display their creativity and originality. Although, what is good about these events is that it promotes recycling of old and tattered things which may otherwise be thrown away, the better part of it is, it brings people from different cultures and backgrounds together in one play to share and discover many fascinating things about each other as well as the costumes.

The costumes make it easy and possible for people to openly show what they have in common with each other, and during a Fest, all normal boundaries of society’s conventions are placed aside as perfect strangers chuckle and giggle over conversations. Participants and viewers bond over their fan groups, spotting others and sometimes even taking on the personalities of their characters.

 

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Cosplay events have been an integral part of Shillong ever since it was first included as a part of 18 Degrees , in 2014. Ever since then, it has grown and inspired many passionate people to get out there and take part in such events. The most notable groups being the NEOtakus who have ties with international events such as World Cosplay Summit.

Endymasia Cosfest 2019 was a huge success bringing people together to participate and have fun and it gathered an audience of 500 people. The event also had different stalls selling merchandise and food for the crowd.

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Endymasia Cosfest 2019 was a huge success bringing people together to participate and have fun and it gathered an audience of 500 people. The event also had different stalls selling merchandise and food for the crowd.

Endymasia , used Digital Marketing as a means of spreading news and awareness about their event, platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram which proved to be effective and fast , not to forget very economical and trouble-free. It was essential to tap into the world of social networking to expand the reach and got people talking about the event. Social media is about more than just reposting content. Endymasia used it in creating a buzz; giving followers something to share and discuss.

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All Photographs are used with permission from the photographer (Sengrik Sangma).
Follow the photographer on instagram : @gumballinator_9700

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