Steampunk Festival

Weekend at the Asylum Steampunk Festival 2016

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This past bank holiday weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend the Steampunk Festival in Lincoln, England. This was the eighth year Lincoln hosted the event and my first year.

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I was amazed and astounded at all the splendor, so many people came out in their most awe inspiring finery. The detail and care put into the outfits is indescribable.

So many attendees let me take their photos and I’m so excited to share them. I’ll be uploading them over the next few days, I took over a thousand photos. I’ve got to sort through and edit them all, so please keep checking back for more!

If you’re unsure or have never heard of Steampunk, I’ve cited some information below from the Visit Lincoln website.

Hailed the most ‘splendid in the World’, the longest running and largest Steampunk festival on Earth returns to Lincoln for a Weekend at the Asylum VIII.

Watch the cobbled streets of historic Lincoln become transformed by the VIctorian Steampunk Society’s annual festival – from top hats and flying goggles, to corset and flamboyant feathers – join in with Lincoln’s Victorian fantasy.

Join the event on Facebook for updates and to invite friends. Full programme details are available on the Asylum website.

More Steampunk Festival photos, prints, canvases, and digital images are available for viewing here.

ABOUT

20160826-lincoln-steampunk-003The annual event celebrates a steam powered world in the late 19th century and attracts visitors from all over the world.  Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the biggest Steampunk festival in Europe will arrive in Lincoln, hosting a full convention-style day programme with a fringe style programme of art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and simple good fun.

The bazaar eclectica will arrive in Castle Square to bring a Steampunk market to the city, free to the public, and other events throughout the weekend are open for all to enjoy with a festival wristband including stalls and activities in Lincoln Castle.

There’s no need to dress up to join in the fun and you can be sure of a warm welcome throughout the whole festival from the friendly Steampunk community.

http://www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/steampunk-festival-2016

Steampunks are generally polite, friendly, care about the environment, the past and the future, and creativity & individuality.  Steampunk started as a label for a science fiction genre but it is now a label or signpost to a community.

20160827-lincoln-steampunk-004This is a community which  has its own fashions, music & tastes and enjoys socialising, often dressing in distinctive Steampunk fashions. You
may see Steampunks visiting historical sites as well as enjoying music gigs and performances.

Steampunks often make or modify everyday objects to fit the neo victorian aesthetic. This could be making a wood and brass cabinet for your PC or a mock raygun suitable for an adventure with Jules Verne.
The DIY ethic is very strong in Steampunk and with creativity being the main common denominator this is hardly surprising. It also fits in with the philosophies on sustainability, durability and craftsmanship. It is after all more environmentally friendly to take an object and repurpose it giving it a whole new lease of life than it is to recycle it.

Steampunk has now developed into an extended network which encompasses a wide variety of input from a highly creative and artistic community. It includes writers, musicians, dancers, sculptors, model makers, costume makers and a host of other disciplines and skills. Steampunks try to take some of the very best parts of the past and make them part of a bright future.
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Steampunks value good manners and polite conduct and try to encourage this by setting an example for others. They think things should be made to a high quality and to last thus helping the environment. They value and encourage creativity and indeed have been asked to collaborate in educational and arts projects across the globe.

Whilst things are set in a pseudo historical world which harks back to our Victorian heritage, Steampunks do not promote any of the inequalities of that past. Indeed theirs is deliberately an all inclusive community. You will find Steampunks of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds and abilities. They also come from all walks of life from students to academics and from comedians to solicitors.

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In a recent exercise to “explain Steampunk in a sentence” a group from across the world came up with: “Steampunk is a creative social movement that draws inspiration from Victorian and pre-war history in an anachronistic mix of science fiction, modern values and a sense of fun.”

It should be very swiftly pointed out that this statement, nor indeed this article, acts to define Steampunk. This has proven to be an impossible task. Steampunk is a very personal thing and everyone’s idea of what it should be is individual to them.

The sign of a Steampunk who is confident in the community is that they are prepared to acknowledge that there is no definition and no boundaries to Steampunk other than the imagination of the individual.

There is however one rule: BE NICE TO ONE ANOTHER.

Find out more and experience Steampunk for yourself at Lincoln’s annual Steampunk Festival.

More Steampunk Festival photos, prints, canvases, and digital images are available for viewing here.

More information at the following links:

Asylum UK
Visit Lincoln
Event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595950124066766/
Welcome to the Asylum Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/WelcomeToTheAsylum/
Twitter feed

 

More Steampunk Festival photos, prints, canvases, and digital images are available for viewing here.

Prints and canvases available here.