DBS Marina Regatta Takes a Pop Culture and Cosplay Spin

Singapore’s biggest watersports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta returns for its fourth consecutive year to Ignite the Bay! Held in conjunction with the 28th SEA Games, and Set against the iconic skyline of Marina Bay, this year’s DBS Marina Regatta takes place over three weekends, from 30 May to 14 June.

Apart from exhilarating sporting action in the water such as dragon boating and sailing, the event will feature a host of other  exciting activities – these include cosplay, cheerleading, dance and music competitions, extreme sports, a dedicated kids zone, a fantastic food festival, stand-up paddling and more!

The DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup, organised by Neo Tokyo Project (the people behind the annual International Cosplay Day Singapore convention and Doujin Market, a local illustrator’s showcase), will feature celebrity cosplayers such as Dat-Baka and Tessie as well as see more than 100 cosplayers showcase their craft.

Leading up to the DBS Marina Regatta, the bank has also commissioned local illustration team DatWorks to create a short manga – “Dragonboat of Miracles”. The sports-themed manga celebrates the teamwork, passion and zeal of athletes as they paddle towards a common goal. Pages of the manga will be released www.dbsmarinaregatta.com, with the conclusion to be revealed at the regatta.

Key highlights of the DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup include:

–       Cosplay competition with cosplay celebrities Dat-Baka and Tessie as guest judges. More than SGD 2,000 of cash prizes to be won on Sunday, 7 June.

–       Conclusion to online manga “Dragonboat of Miracles”. Dat-Baka and Tessie will play the lead characters, bringing the manga to life at the DBS Marina Regatta (6 June)

–       Dat-Baka and Tessie fan meet-and-greet sessions (6-7 June)

–       Epic performances for Star Wars fans by Fightsaber, Singapore’s only Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber choreography stunt troupe (31 May, 6-7 June)

–       Kawaii dance routines and refreshing ice cream served up by popular meido performers from Pika Pika Meido Café (31 May, 6-7 June)

For the first time, the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 will offer new experiences such as Paddle for Good, where the public are challenged to form teams with and paddle alongside persons with disabilities (PwDs). For every one kilometre paddled, DBS will donate SGD 100 to organisations that will use the funds to organise sports activities for PwDs. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Care and Share movement led by Community Chest.

Attendees will also be treated to an urban beach with pop-up cafes as well as popular events such as the food festival and cosplay performances.

Cosplayers taking part in this year’s regatta can enjoy the comfort of a fully air-conditioned rest area, complimentary beverages and take part in a survey where they stand to win up to SGD 400 to help create their dream cosplay costume.

Visit www.dbsmarinaregatta.com/cosplay.php to register for the Cosplay Competition.