28 may - 1 june 2020
What is steampunk And steampunk NZ Festival?
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction; often incorporating an alternate, futuristic version of 19th century Victorian England. Steampunk also refers many of the artistic forms including; clothing fashions, fiction writing, sculpture, graphic art and film. The versatility of the genre attracts a wide range of people from different backgrounds.
Steampunk in New Zealand has a distinct identity and is internationally praised for its "can do" attitude and Kiwi DIY approach. Whether it is the fashion, accessories, weapons or even means of transport seen sported by Kiwi Steampunkers, it is more than likely that the wearer has made it all themselves. This creativiy is not just limited to wearable items; structural art from recycled materials is common amongst New Zealand Steampunk artists.
Steampunk NZ Festival started in 2009, when 'League of Victorian Imagineers Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be' exhibition was held at the Forrester Gallery. Inspired by the creativity a ball and fashion show were added the next year. From humble beginnings the Steampunk NZ Festival has evolved into three days of events, workshops and activities; suitable for locals, tourists and Steampunk enthusitists. In 2016 The Gardian named Oamaru as the 'Steampunk Capital of the World'.