- Things to Do
The Masquerade is a costume contest and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress as anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters!), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not competing, come cheer on your fellow fen. All entries are judged in three separate categories (Novice, Journeyman, and Craftsman/ Master) to give everyone a fair chance.
The theme for Arisia'14 is "Cross Culturalism" This doesn't constrain your costume ideas but may be an inspiration.
Day ChangeThe Arisia 2014 Masquerade will be Sunday, January 19, 2014! This is a change from the traditional Saturday night. This is to allow more rehearsal slots as well as making the Grand Ballroom more available to other events.
Online Registration & Rehearsal SignupOnline registration will again be available this year.If space permits, you can also sign up at the Masquerade Registration table Friday afternoon/evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Tech rehearsals will be scheduled for Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday 2pm-6pm. You cannot enter the Masquerade without registering and attending your tech rehearsal.
After the costume presentations are done, and while our esteemed judges are off determining the awards for the evening, we don't want you to go away!
This year, our half-time entertainment will be the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers.
The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers reconstruct, teach and perform
American ballroom dance of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (in appropriate costume matching the period in question) .They focus on the Federal, Civil War, Gilded Age, Ragtime and Roaring Twenties Eras. In addition to performing the dances of these periods, they host public balls, dance classes and multi-day workshops for a thriving community of historical dance enthusiasts.