Category: Stage shows

Artist adventures – live art!

27. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Manga/comic library, News, Panels and workshops, Stage shows 0 Comments

There are endless ways to create art and tell stories, and sometimes the more unconventional methods can lead to some of the best results.   In this live-art event we pitch two talented artists against the clock and against the unknown in order to see how far their skill and creativity can take them.


There will be three rounds. In the first, we describe a scene from an original story that the artists get to illustrate within a 20 minute time slot. The catch? The scene is only revealed to them in parts on the 5, 10 and 15 minute mark.


The second round is a showcase of the power of imagination.  We will retell the events of  a scene from a famous book without making it obvious what the source material is. The artists each get to work on their own interpretation. At the end we compare the results to a screenshot of the scene from the film adaptation of the book, and talk bit about the differences.


The last round is a speed round where the artist must take inspiration from their audience to create their final work.
In each round the artist will talk about what they’re doing and their creative process. This event should be interesting not just for aspiring artist, but for anyone who is interested in artistic interpretation, creative imagination and visual storytelling.

Cosplay Talkshow – Nordic cosplay

26. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Cosplay and costumes, News, Panels and workshops, Stage shows 0 Comments

The CosCast take to the stage along with a selection of cosplay guests from all around the nordic region. Since this is a talkshow there will be talking, specifically on the topic of cosplay in the various northern countries. There may also be a game or two and some impro cosplay involved, so make sure you catch it!

The CosCast also hosts the Cosplay Quiz.

NASA – A new rocket for space

26. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Guests, Panels and workshops, Stage shows 0 Comments

We all know Star Trek, Star Wars and tons of other sci-fi space adventures. But the universe doesn’t need Vulcans or Jedi to be interesting. Space in real life is endlessly exciting and intriguing, and we are very happy to have a guy on our stage who knows more about it than most. Join Charles White from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a special presentation on the building of NASA’s new SLS rocket and what is planned in the next few years for manned spaceflight. He’s also going to tell you a few things about the solar system they did not teach you in school.

with Charles White, the Space Pope



25. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Guests, News, Panels and workshops, Stage shows 0 Comments

Hailing from England, Moley works for the Coventry FabLab project teaching people engineering, and for Mandala Studios making costumes and props. Other than that he’s spent years performing at events as a standup comedian. We are very happy to have him back at Banzaicon sharing this variety of skills.He’ll be hosting panels, appearing in the Banzai Show, and more than likely showing up wherever Tab and Christian happen to be to heckle in that way only the british know.

He will be hosting some amazing workshops for us this year, but don’t worry, you’re still allowed to laugh at him!

Intro to papercraft and origami

Engineering ABC’s – Laser cutting, 2D and 3D modeling


25. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Fun and games, Stage shows 0 Comments

Warm up to saturday’s show-extravaganza by cooling  it down with a game of Freeze! This is one of our our traditional Banzai games, where the audience gets to participate in improvising short scenes on stage, until they are interrupted and the scene takes a whole new turn. If you like things that are funny, impulsive and creative, this is your kind of game.

Kpop Dance Roulette

25. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Dances and parties, Fun and games, Stage shows 0 Comments

Are you into Kpop? Have you spent hours glued to your computer or TV screen obsessing over dance steps? Well, here’s your chance to show off your moves in a kpop dance roulette! We’ve made an hour long compilation of some of the most known kpop songs and choreographies in the form of short clips. If you hear a song to which you know the steps, then don’t be afraid to throw yourself onto the dance floor! Each session will last for 1 hour and include a varied mix of songs from girl and boy groups throughout the past decade. This is not a competition so there won’t be any prizes, except of course street cred and maybe some new friendships! And loads of fun! If you like kpop but don’t know any dances yet, don’t be afraid to come and watch, because the more the merrier!

The Banzai Show

21. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Cosplay and costumes, Stage shows 0 Comments

We may have a new venue, but our good traditions remain.  We are delighted to welcome you back to the Banzai-show, where a selection of our invited guests and talented attendees (that’s you guys!) take to the stage to entertain with a wide variety of acts.
Do you want to put on a show? If you’re interested in joining our group of entertainers with an act of your own, simply email us at and tell us who you are and what you want to do! We’re looking forwards to hearing from you!


21. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Cosplay and costumes, Stage shows 0 Comments

Cosplay skits can be funny and dramatic, creative and full of talent, witty, emotional and just plain ridiculous. One thing they definitely are is lots of fun for both participants and audience alike. Have you and your friends got some cool ideas for a show? Why not take them to the stage at Banzaicon for the chance to show off and maybe even win some great prices!

Practical info and rules:
A skit group can have as many or as few people as you want (even just one). You can cosplay from as many films/series/games as you want, or keep it to just one.

Each skit should be between 1 and 5 minutes in length You will have access to microphones, either handheld or head-mounted. Any audio track must be sent to us as an email attachment in mp3 format. You can also email us about specific wishes for light design in your skit, though please keep it simple and precise. You will have some time to meet with our tech crew before the contest to prepare.

We can provide simple props like chairs and tables. Anything else you must bring yourself. You can not bring anything on stage that cannot easily be removed again (such as water or confetti).

Prop weapons that do not follow con rules are allowed on stage, provided they are handed back to security or taken of the premises immediately after. The exception is functional firearms and sharp metal blades. If you plan on having a stagefight we ask that you notify us in advance.


We remind you that we are a family friendly event, so bear in mind there will be children in the audience. In other words innuendo is allowed, but steer away from graphic sexual language and the like. Likewise we do not support  any clearly sexist, racist, homophobic or transphobic content. If you’re uncertain if something you’re planning breaks these rules or not, please just ask us.

Judging a skit is always difficult as there are so many different ways of doing a great skit. Thankfully we have very skilled, talented judges who will do their best to make a fair decision. Some of the things they will be looking at are: the overall narrative/writing of the skit, stage presence and acting, creativity and costumes.

To sign up for the skit contest you need to fill out the form in the link below, no later than the 4th of october. You also need to send us an email to by the same date, marked with your group name and containing the and mp3 file of your audio track. In this email you can also let us know if you have any specific wishes for stage lights.

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