Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates steam­punk

Otago Daily Times - - Regions -

OA­MARU’S Steam­punk Fes­ti­val is on again at Queen’s Birth­day week­end, with a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment, ta­lent, and art — all span­ning four days.

Steam­punks from around New Zealand and over­seas will gather for the an­nual event, held in the his­toric precinct of Oa­maru from June 1 to June 4.

The fes­ti­val, in its eighth year, is the largest and long­est­run­ning fes­ti­val of its kind in the south­ern hemi­sphere, and it is a cel­e­bra­tion of the art and cre­ativ­ity of steam­punk.

‘‘It is about how Vic­to­ri­ans viewed the fu­ture — a world of time ma­chines, steam power, and mys­te­ri­ous crea­tures,’’ fes­ti­val or­gan­iser He­len Jansen said. ‘‘But most of all it is about in­ven­tion, ad­ven­ture, and dis­cov­ery.’’

A high­light of the fes­ti­val this year is the Splen­did Teapot Rac­ing — a chance to take on all com­ers with your rolling teapot. The event in­cludes a slalom, ob­sta­cles and drag rac­ing plus best dressed and best tea cosy. This fan­tas­tic event is held on Sun­day June 4 from 2pm to 4pm at the Oa­maru Club, 32 Sev­ern St.

An­other high­light is the Steam­punk NZ Mo­ments in Time Fash­ion Show — a se­ries of tiny theatre pieces. These 90­sec­ond episodes de­pict a char­ac­ter in its own steam­punk world, com­plete with cos­tumes and props. The best mo­ments win! This event will be MC’d by the fan­tas­ti­cally funny en­ter­tainer Jackie Clarke.

For most, the fes­ti­val be­gins with the Oa­maru Fire and Steam Fes­ti­val in the streets and venues of the his­toric precinct on the night of Fri­day June 2. This event in­cludes food, mas­quer­ade, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment.

Fes­ti­val­go­ers of­ten move on from there to an evening of vaudeville at the Loan and Merc venue in Har­bour St from 9pm. The show, MC’d again by Jackie Clarke, will in­clude per­for­mances by mem­bers of the steam­punk com­mu­nity it­self, and is R18.

Other events in­clude a steam­punk ta­lent quest, writ­ing work­shop, tea­duelling, book and beer launch, art exhibition, gala ball, mar­kets and much more. For more in­for­ma­tion on the events and book­ing

links, visit www.Steam­punknz.co.nz

Im­ages from the Teapot Rac­ing event held dur­ing the 2016 Steam­punk Fes­ti­val.

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