Be who you want to be at The Hull Show

Published: Friday 11th August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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CharacterFest is a fantastic new event at The Hull Show that encourages people to dress up as their favourite fictional character.

We caught up with organiser and founder, Rosemary Pearman, to find out more.

“I came up with the idea for CharacterFest as an affordable day out where people can come dressed up and have fun,” explains Rosemary. “It’s completely non-profit, all we ask is for a donation to enter the Best Dressed competitions.”

Rosemary is keen to fit in with the family-friendly atmosphere of The Hull Show: “We’ve got a category for the most impressive costumes created and worn by adult men and women, boys and girls, and even dogs,” she enthuses. “There’s a dog show happening across the weekend, so we thought it would be great to see some of the pets in costume.”

The organiser has already received a lot of interest from cosplayers and pop culture fans.

“We already have a Batman and Ironman coming along, as well as a Lord of the Rings cosplay group. I’ve also invited a street magician to interact with the crowds,” Rosemary tells us.

With Fantasticon already a very popular event in the city, CharacterFest should appeal to anyone who wants to be someone else for the day.

“You can come as anyone, whether they’re from a book, animation, film, comic or even famous people. It would be great to see some local heroes with it being Hull UK City of Culture 2017.”

Rosemary has been interested in putting CharacterFest on for quite a few years, although she’s never donned a costume or cape in her life:

“I’ve always been into fantasy films, comics and animations, but always chickened out when it came to dressing up. This year, I’m going to be making my own costume and wearing it proudly.”

She hopes that, if successful, CharacterFest will become an annual event that is held nearer to the city centre.

“Come along and get dressed up. You’ll stand out more if you’re not in costume!”

There will also be alternative stalls, craft traders and charities set up in the CharacterFest area.

Alongside the costumed antics, The Hull Show will be in full swing and there are promises of thrilling bird of prey displays, delicious street food, a vibrant fun fair and live entertainment.

“It should be a really good weekend, we had over 34,000 people attend last year. We have two full days of incredible entertainment, including medieval jousting, motorbike stunt teams and over 80 stalls selling food, crafts and produce,” says The Hull Show’s Event Organiser, Albert Evans.

“It’s a free event, so great for families to enjoy during the school holidays.”

The Hull Show takes place at East Park on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, 11am-8pm. CharacterFest will be inside the show and continue throughout the day.

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Published: Friday 11th August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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