The Polaris Masquerade is an amateur costume competition for costumes relating to categories of Anime/Manga, Media (e.g. Star Trek, Star Wars, Avengers), Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics, Horror Computer Games and any other related topics. Historical & Steampunk very welcome also.

The Masquerade will take place on Saturday evening. Please see your pocket programme for the exact time.

All contestants must be registered as convention members. Registration for the Masquerade is available at the Masquerade Desk or download the registration PDF. Contestants must register by 2 p.m. on Saturday in order to be in the Masquerade. No late registrations will be accepted.

Contestants should have their cassette/CD queued and ready to play, and hand it in at the Masquerade Desk when they register.

Contestants are to check in at the Masquerade Green Room Desk at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Contestants will be assigned their entry number, have their official photo taken, and be judged for workmanship (if desired).

Historical costumes are now eligible for awards, and no sci-fi/fantasy tie-in theme is necessary. They will be judged in the regular divisions and be eligible for Workmanship Awards, “Best in Division” and “Best in Show” Awards. Our judges will give out awards based on the merits of historical costumes in their designated division, with no specific historical awards allocated in advance.

Please note that Participation Certificates are no longer given out.

Additional Information on Judging Divisions, Presentation and Time Limits, Introductions, Sound and Music, Staging Order and Masquerade Rules can be found here.