Photo credit: DOWNTOWN EAST

Cosfest 2022 returns Oct 15-16 with international cosplayers Neneko and Joo A

There will also be a Japanese-themed Halloween festival at Downtown East later in the month.

Sherlyn Sim

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Published: 27 September 2022, 5:50 PM

Cosfest 2022 is happening at the Downtown East from Oct 15 to 16, over 100 exhibition booths and appearances of  international cosplay celebrities.

A signature event at Downtown East for the past 18 years, this year’s Cosfest will feature anime and cosplay song and dance performances starring the likes of Neneko from Taiwan and Joo A from South Korea, who will deejay on the first day.


International cosplayers Neneko (left) and Joo A (right) will be performing at the event. PHOTO CREDIT: DOWNTOWN EAST


West Winds band will make an appearance on the second day of the festival, performing a number of popular soundtracks from well-known animation and movie titles.

Among the over 100 booths are brands like CAESARS, a retailer and distributor for premium swords and weaponry collectibles in Asia, and Hakken!, a retail and online store featuring official anime products and merchandise. 

CAESARS will also give away a metallic replica sword to three ticketed winners daily during the event.


The booths will be occupied by a mix of international exhibitors and local creators. PHOTO CREDIT: DOWNTOWN EAST


Tickets to Cosfest 2022 cost $12 for a one-day pass and $22 for a two-day pass. The tickets will be available for purchase on the Singapore Cosplay Club website at a later date.

Also happening in October at Downtown East is the Halloween Town: Yokai Festival from Oct 29 to 30. The free event is a Halloween festival themed around Japanese Yokai, or spirits. 

The event will kick off with a parade at 7pm on Oct 29, featuring characters from the Inuyasha anime series handing out free yokai masks.

Visitors can dress up like the characters in the Yokai parade at the Yokai Costume Makeover booth. Filled with a wide variety of costumes, accessories and props, the booth is open from 1pm to 6pm on both days.


Post a photo of your makeover with the hashtag #Yokai2022 and tag Downtown East to stand a chance to win $50 Downtown East vouchers. PHOTO CREDIT: DOWNTOWN EAST


There will be a mask painting workshop at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm daily. Each session is 45 minutes long and can accommodate up to 15 people per session. Visitors can redeem a free slot in the workshop or a makeover at the Yokai Costume Makeover booth if they spend a minimum of $50 for NTUC Members and $60 for Link Members.

There will also be stage performances by Melanie, Singapore’s first representative at the Gyeonggi International Cosplay Festival. She will perform songs from popular series including Demon Slayer and Princess Mononoke. Visitors can also look forward to musicians playing the koto (a Japanese plucked half-tube zither instrument) and traditional Japanese taiko (Japanese percussion instrument).


Melanie will perform at 2pm to 4pm on both days of the event. PHOTO CREDITS: DOWNTOWN EAST


Various promotions will be available at Downtown East in conjunction with these events. From Oct 1 to 28, visitors can redeem a free daruma pouch with $50 minimum spend for NTUC Members and $60 for Link Members. 

From Oct 1 to 31, they can use the code DEYOKAI10 for $10 off their ride to Downtown East if they use private-hire car hailing app Tada. This code is only valid for the first 750 unique redemptions.

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