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The Pyrkon Fantasy Festival is currently taking place at the Poznań International Fair. It is one of the largest events of this type in Europe. This year, Poznań was visited by, among others: the actress who played the role of Princess Eowyn from “The Lord of the Rings” – Miranda Otto.

The Pyrkon Fantasy Festival started on Friday. The event attracts several dozen thousand people to Poznań every year.

Famous guests from around the world

As the organizers declare, it is one of the largest events of this type in Europe. As in previous years, it takes place at the Poznań International Fair. Co-organizer of the event, Łukasz Kaczmarek from the “Druga Era” Fantasy Club association, says that if the fair space were larger, the event could grow even more and gather even more participants.

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He admits that the magnet that attracts many people every year is the group of invited guests from around the world, including popular actors and renowned creators. – I can proudly say that we are already at the stage where guests recommend us to each other. They are conveyed by the positive atmosphere of this event and they feel taken care of by us, he says.

This year, Poznań was visited by, among others: Miranda Otto, an Australian actress known primarily for her role as Princess Eowyn in the “Lord of the Rings” series, and Kevin McNally, an actor remembered for his role as the pirate Gibbs in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. In total, over 200 guests are expected to appear at the event: authors, actors, creators, as well as representatives of the world of science.

A significant part of the guests invited to Pyrkon are book authors and comic book creators. This year in Poznań there will be, among others: Siri Pettersen, Brent Weeks, Jarosław Grzędowicz, Elżbieta Cherezińska and David Lloyd. This year's novelty of the festival will be the “Star Wars” fan zone. “Star Wars” fans will meet, for example, Joonas Suotamo, who played the role of Chewbacca in the latest installments.

Cosplayers' ambitions

Every year during Pyrkon, you can meet cosplayers all over Poznań, people dressed as princesses, knights, magicians and “Star Wars” characters. Pyrkon co-organizer Laura “Asgardian Fraud” Czerwinski emphasizes that for many cosplayers, it is a point of honor to prepare a new outfit for each large event.

– You can use anything, even plastic spoons found in some cafe. However, cosplay usually uses very specific materials. Of course, many people who come to Pyrkon buy ready-made costumes – cosplay is, above all, fun, there is no obligation to create a costume yourself – she said.

There will be a costume rental and a cosplay photo studio at Pyrkon. There will also be a competition for the best design.

Main photo source: PAP/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

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