Queens for Steam­punk

Ex­plore Steam­punk over Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

Waitaki Herald - - WHAT’S ON -

Tick­ets are on sale now for the 9 th An­nual Steam­punk NZ Fes­ti­val held in Oa­maru, the home of Steam­punk in New Zealand. Kick­ing off May 31 and run­ning un­til 4 June 2018, the fes­ti­val is set amongst orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian stone build­ings and gives a spec­tac­u­lar back­drop to five days of Imag­i­neer­ing and trans­for­ma­tion.

The Fes­ti­val for­mally kicks off with ‘Fire and Steam’ on Fri­day evening; filled with light shows, pock­ets of steam­punk to es­cape in, and daz­zling per­for­mances. As Fire & Steam winds down, Steam­punk Vaudeville and Af­ter-Party hosted by New Zealand favourite, Jackie Clarke, get started and car­ries on well into the night.

Steam­punk NZ Fes­ti­val also fea­tures Teapot Rac­ing, the League of Imag­i­neers Mess Din­ner and Air­ship Rac­ing, Steam­punk Fash­ion Show, Steam­punk Gala Ball, Tea Duelling, Para­sol Duelling, Op Shop­ping, the Steam­punk Mar­ket, the first-ever Awe­some Mon­ster­pot Rac­ing World Cham­pi­onships, and of course the Steam­punk Pa­rade.

Many tick­eted events sell out in ad­vance of the Fes­ti­val Week­end,

An­thonie Ton­non mu­si­cian will be per­form­ing at the Grain­store Gallery, 9 Har­bour Street from 8pm. Ad­mis­sion $20. how­ever, lo­cal venues will of­fer plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to find great food, com­pany, and live mu­sic over the week­end. This event at­tracts Steam­punks from all over New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Europe and the USA. In Oa­maru, on­go­ing ‘‘Steam­punk Sun­day’’ work­shops are help­ing aspiring lo­cal steam­punks to steam­punk their look, build a rac­ing teapot or en­ter the Steam­punk Fash­ion Show.

FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION

head to Face­book @Steam­punkNZFes­ti­val, or www.steam­punknz.co.nz so­cial se­quence danc­ing suit­able for all ages at the Freema­sons Cen­tre, 10 Wans­beck Street. There will be a mix of old time and mod­ern clas­si­cal se­quence and new vogue. At­ten­dees are re­quested to bring a small sup­per plate to share, with tea and cof­fee pro­vided. Raf­fles will be for sale and pro­ceeds will go to­wards the costs of the Mid-Win­ter Ball. En­try is GA $5.

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