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Our programming schedule will include an exciting variety of panels, lectures, round table discussions, demonstrations, workshops and meetups on a wide variety of costume and community-related topics. Most programming items will last about an hour, but you may see a few longer sessions, especially workshops. The complete schedule will be available closer to the convention!

The programming at Costume-Con is provided by member volunteers. You must have an attending membership to Costume-Con 36 in order to serve as a presenter.

We are currently recruiting participants for the following types of activities:

  • LECTURES or moderated slide shows, are usually presented by an individual and are a chance for a presenter to offer in depth knowledge in a prepared format. Some sample topics could include Dyeing Natural Fiber Fabrics, World War Two and Fashion on the Homefront, Armor and Armaments of the Samurai Warrior Class, or What I learned about the Fashion Industry on Study Abroad in Paris.
  • DEMONSTRATIONS  Do you have a gadget or skill which you'd be willing to demonstrate?  Walk us through the making of a mascot head or show us what you can do with thermoplastics. Demonstrate the routine maintenance on a sewing machine or how to go about tablet weaving. Demonstrations involve the audience watching YOU do something interesting.
  • WORKSHOPS  Is there a technique you'd be willing to teach to others? These limited attendance sessions require advance sign up by participants at the convention and may charge a small materials fee or have a list of materials students are required to bring with them. They could be a simple skills practice or you could start students on a project that they can finish at home.
  • ROUNDTABLES are informal discussions on any topic of interest. Discussion leaders need not be an expert on the topic, merely informed enough to lead the discussion. Example topics could include Steampunk as a Lifestyle, Challenges of Historical Reenactment, or Cosplaying with your Children.
  • PANELS are a moderated discussion among three to five persons chosen for their variety of experience on the topic. Moderators should be comfortable guiding the discussion of a group with varying opinions, as well as facilitating questions from the audience. Some sample topics could include Traveling with Costumes, Lolita Style, or Cosplay on a Budget.
  • MEETUPS are informal gatherings where those with a shared interest can meet. Meetups could be on any topic related to costuming, but must be open to all members of the convention in order to be scheduled in convention space. Meetups require a host, and could be an in-person meeting of an online community, a local guild, or special interest group. This could also be your chance to pull attendees with a shared interest out of the woodwork. Find your fellow LARPers or doll enthusiasts.

To volunteer, to run present, or host a programming item, please fill out the following form: