Czequestria is a “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” convention (meeting of fans) for approx 400 attendees held in Prague every other year, usually the last or before-last week of August, from Friday to Sunday.
The event is not affiliated with Hasbro, which owns the rights to the brand “My Little Pony” – Czequestria is organized by the non-profit organization CZ/SK bronies z.s., whose members work in their free time without any financial or material reward (“from fans, for fans”).
On Friday, an all-day LARP with an MLP theme takes place – participants in small groups walk through Prague, gradually revealing the story and performing various tasks. The game is intended for all participants in the con (the basic entrance fee covers participation in LARP) and the difficulty is adapted to complete beginners. You just walk through the Crystal Mirror portal and as a group of ponies, you spend a whole day in the world of humans.
You can think of participation as a typical LARP (no cosplays needed), or as an orientation game around Prague – the main thing is to have fun with others. Friday night includes a pre-party in the form of a meetup in a restaurant inside or outside, usually near the end of LARP.
The Saturday and Sunday program belongs to the classic con program with panels, interviews, workshops, a hall full of vendors, etc. Saturday evening belongs to the concerts of the brony musicians and the subsequent DJ party until later hours. The whole program takes place in one venue.
The program blocks have longer breaks in between, so there is plenty of time to meet people and other activities, such as music games (My Little Karaoke, DDR Trotmania, My Little Rockband …), QR codes hunt game, etc.
Con organizers usually invite one foreign guest who directly participated in the production of the series (writer, voice actor…) and at least one guest from the Czech and/or Slovak dubbing who participated in the Czech or Slovak version of MLP: FiM. You will also find community guests and creators of fan content of all kinds, both from the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as from abroad.
The event takes place in a cultural house, which is adjacent to the park, where you can relax or participate in chalk drawing. The end of the event includes – as became MLP conventions tradition – a charity auction.
The event is aimed primarily at teen and adult fans “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”, but it is suitable for attendees of all ages. The whole program is held in English (local VA panels are translated from Czech and/or Slovak when needed) and about half of the visitors come from abroad, mainly from Germany and Poland.
The whole event is carried in a mostly informal community spirit but retains the features of a classic con scheme with an official program. Ideal for all who are looking for smaller events, which in addition to the classic program offers plenty of space for informal community entertainment and relaxation among other fans.
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