UUSU Cosplay Society Hosts
The convention, known as Mini-Con, aims to celebrate TV, video game, comic and anime culture in Belfast. It is being brought together by groups of young people from all across Northern Ireland and is sure to bring appearances from characters such as Harley Quinn, Batman, Deadpool, Disney princesses and many others.
Young people bring Movie Characters to life with Mini-con
Mini-Con will also feature among its all-day schedules: crafting workshops, guest speakers, cosplay and artist competitions, film screenings, photoshoots, quizzes, video game tournaments and so much more. The convention is family friendly, with children ages 12 and under allowed in free with an accompanying adult. The prices for everyone else are £3 per day or £5 for both days.
Mini-Con Belfast to feature a mighty line-up
You can see the timetable below.
“It’s fantastically organised and an amazing event that’s been making a real impact!” said Meghan Downey, Ulster University VP of Academic and Student Affairs. “It’s a great opportunity to get the wider community engaged with the staff and students of the University of Ulster that’s been running for the past 2 years!”
In addition to the events of the daily schedule, local barcade, Vandal, will be home to the Mini-Con’s after party (18+) from 7pm-1am on Saturday 17th. The afterparty will be hosted by community media man, Andrew Adams from Comber, who will also be covering the Mini-Con itself.
“It’s really encouraging that passionate young people are putting together a con that’s gonna be great craic,” Andrew said. “Especially since the recent absence of conventions and gatherings like this.”
The young people involved in the convention have acquired sponsorship and support from international brands and local organisations like the Odeon, Red Bull, Farset Labs, Bamboozie Tees, etc. The Mini-Con will also include 40 specialist traders at the event.
The Mini-Con will also hold several cosplay competitions and feature special guest judges, such as local community leader Carmen Hopkins of Carmello-Cosplay from Lisburn.
Carmen told us, “I especially love events like these because they’re a great escape for people. It’s something a bit different from the norm and it’s certainly a great pleasure being able to take part in this!”
Kate Timkin, the lead organiser of Mini-con from Belfast, expressed why she started the convention: “There’s a real creative culture in Belfast, and we wanted to host this event as an outlet for people of all backgrounds so can express themselves and have fun.”
If you are looking for something exciting to do this weekend with family and friends, who may or may not be anime, gaming and cosplay enthusiasts, why not come down and check out what Mini-Con has to show.
Mini-con started as a small gathering of cosplay enthusiasts 2 years ago. After the first coordinated effort to put on a convention saw an unexpected footfall of around 300 people, they continued to bring on more people into the event, culminating to their biggest efforts yet this year.
Andrew Adams is a local DJ and radio host of the Andrew Adams Show. From Comber originally, he started volunteering at Bangor FM and soon rose to community fame through his coverage of local nerd conventions and events.
VP Meghan Downey represents students on the Belfast University of Ulster Campus. She offers advice and guidance while promoting awareness of welfare issues.
Carmen Hopkins is a local cosplay enthusiast, who runs Carmello-Cosplay and is part of the Guild of Nerds. She has become renowned for her incredibly accurate costumes of movie and video game characters.Photo by Peackcok Photography
You can find Mini-con on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1321489327959447/