Steampunk promises to ‘dazzle, astound, entertain and delight’ visitors of all ages on the seafront this weekend.
The event will include entertainment, live music, a beer tent, stalls and a children’s fair from 10am to 5pm on both September 8 and 9 and spans from the Wish Tower slopes to Eastbourne Bandstand.
Steampunk means many different things to many different people.
To some it is a fashion, style of dress, a persona. To others it is art, craft, design, even a complete lifestyle.
At its heart and in it’s beginnings Steampunk is a genre of science fiction, branching out of the Cyberpunk of the 1980’s but set in a pseudo-Victorian style era instead of the stark futuristic future of Cyberpunk.
Imagine a world where the Victorians where far more technologically advanced than they were in reality, steam driven airships travel the skies, immaculately dressed adventurers and explorers armed with aether powered ray guns, clockwork horseless carriages transporting ladies and gentlemen around large gothic industrial cities, mechanical time machines.
Steampunk comes in many different styles for some it’s all top hats, tailcoats, goggles and gears; for others it’s pith helmets, khaki jackets, moustaches and steam power; for others still it’s lab coats, gadgets, magnifying glasses and mad inventions.
Steampunk has been incorporated into movies, music, literature, art and even the gaming world.
The genre is gathering a substantial following and fanbase in all of these things.
There is a Steampunk ball on the Saturday night at the Cumberland Hotel.
Find out more about the free daytime event and get tickets to the ball by visiting the website at www.steampunkfestival.co.uk.