World Cosplay Summit Executive Office announced today that they will launch a crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter on August 1, 2020, to raise funds for the World Cosplay Summit 2021 event.
The press release writes:
"The World Cosplay Summit is an international event that began in 2003 and has attracted 300,000 people from 40 countries and regions around the world as of 2019. However, due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the World Cosplay Summit, which has been running for 18 years, is in danger of surviving. All of the sponsors who have supported Cosplay Summit until now have been affected by COVID-19 (Most of them are airlines and tour companies). We have decided to hold this year's event online, but there is a very good chance that we won't be able to hold the event in the future.
However, there are many cosplayers around the world who love Cosplay Summit and look forward to holding the event every year. That's why we have decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to continue the event in 2021 and beyond. To all the Japanese culture lovers around the world! To all those Japanese who want to support those foreign people who love Japan! It may be small in size, but when you get enough of them together, they become a force for good! We would appreciate your support."
"Saving the World Cosplay Summit" crowdfunding campaign:
Campaign period: August 1, 2020, 12:00 a.m. - September 13, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (JST) Project URL: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wcs/1043810599
"Saving the World Cosplay Summit" PV 3-minute version:
Yaya Han, a popular cosplayer with over 2.8 million followers, came forward as a support ambassador. She has created nearly 400 cosplay costumes and has served as a judge at WCS qualifiers around the world, and is an active writer and designer. She stood up to help keeping this cosplay culture alive and to support cosplayers who are aiming for Cosplay Summit.
Source: World Cosplay Summit Executive Office press release