62,000 fans: record attendance at Fantasy – those were the highlights

published29. May 2022, 14:51

It is the largest convention for cosplay, games, films, series and entertainment technology in Switzerland. In 2015 it started with 20,000 guests, this year there were more than three times as many.

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Fantasy Basel recorded a record number of visitors in 2022: According to the media release, 62,000 fans came this year.

Fantasy Basel

Cosplay (Costume Play) is a central part of the fair.  Amateurs and professionals dress up as characters from games, films, series or books and play them.

Cosplay (Costume Play) is a central part of the fair. Amateurs and professionals dress up as characters from games, films, series or books and play them.

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This year, too, the Swiss Comic Con attracted visitors with cosplay worth seeing, including international acts such as Yaya Han from the USA (centre).

This year, too, the Swiss Comic Con attracted visitors with cosplay worth seeing, including international acts such as Yaya Han from the USA (centre).

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62,000 fans came to the this year Fantasy Basel, Never that many before. The organizers announced this on the weekend after the fair. Fantasy started in 2015 with 20,000 visitors, now it has more than three times as many. For comparison: the Art Basel art fair, probably the best-known fair in the city with a global reach, attracted around 93,000 visitors in 2019. The species had six days to do this, and the fantasy managed more than two-thirds of that in half the time.

The organizers of Fantasy are satisfied: “The mega-event has definitely established itself internationally and is one of Europe’s leading conventions for pop culture,” they say. Despite the success, they want to concentrate on the main goal: “visitor satisfaction”. “We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback from all sides. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who makes our festival so unique.” The next Fantasy Basel is scheduled to take place from May 18th to 20th, 2023.

70,000 square meters, 450 stands

For the second time in its history, Fantasy Basel exhibited on an area of ​​70,000 square meters in the halls of Messe Basel. This year there were 450 stands, starting in 2015 with 15,000 square meters. In addition to the extensive program with international acts from pop art and culture, several exhibitions were also shown, including meter-sized “Star Wars” models and pieces from real space history and space research.

20 minutes was allowed this year Cosplayerin Raahega before and during Fantasy Basel. The 29-year-old won the Cosplay Happening competition with her giant winged Lyra Dawnbringer costume from the card game Magic: The Gathering. She worked on it for two years before it was met with a torrent of applause from the audience. “It was nerve-wracking for me because I was the last one,” she says in the video. “I was super happy when the applause came.”

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