Initially launched for schoolchildren, Cité Geek has been open to the general public since yesterday. What is it about ? From the computer pop culture festival with video games, manga, comics, cosplay, sci-fi… in short, this is nothing but a continuation of the Geekali fair that was organized in the exhibition park last August. and which attracted 15,000 visitors.
“It was imperative for us to restart the operation,” admits PR officer Gwendolyn Fonteyn, “so we restarted the experience at the Cité des Arts, but this time with more emphasis on K-pop, because there was also a different request from the public.”
Thus, while players compete in the four legendary games (Fifa, Rocket League, League of Legendary and Valorant) indoors, visitors enjoy the many entertainments available to them in the courtyard of the cultural site. . Here is a place for dancing, there is a stall to sell manga, albums or figurines, then a photo booth to commemorate his visit to the festival with friends… The young fans were happy to participate in the event anyway. Some of them were also from afar, such as Eloise, Anna, Idris and Florian, 4 friends aged 18 or 19 who came by bus from St. Pierre.
“There are a lot of things to see, we are really not disappointed, they are delighted. It’s so nice to meet fans of the culture that unites us. We feel less alone in our passion.”
The event is fun. A slight regret, however, on the side of cosplayers who would like this art to be valued more for disguise…
“There were free parades at the Geekali show, which was good. They forgot about us a little there … ”, laments Blondie, Roan and Pauline, three young girls in disguise.
The first two are from Le Tampon, the third is from Saint-Denis.
“In real life, the three of us are very shy by nature. But once we’ve put on our favorite characters’ costumes, we’re more confident, like we’re taking on our favorite characters’ personalities for a while. “cosplay…” three friends admit.
The visitors are mostly young, mostly between 15 and 25 years old. The few parents present, more cautious, prefer to stay away. This is the case with this mother who perched on a low wall to breastfeed her child.
“I am accompanying my daughter and two of her friends who are K-pop fans,” she said with a sigh. “It’s clear that I don’t recognize myself in this culture, but I wanted to please them.”
For fans who weren’t able to attend, the event will continue this Sunday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and there are three main events not to be missed: Just Dance Tournament from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM; K-pop Run Contest from 13:00 to 15:00; and the award ceremony of the Semi-Pro Esport Championship, 17:00-18:00.