Everyone knows how popular the Whitby Steampunk event are and now there is a new event the block as Hartlepool hosts the Hartlepool Steampunk Weekend.
Sept 8th & 9th
Free entertainment during the day including Captain Leaky and his steampunk camper van.
The Saturday evening sees and evening of Entertainment inside the Old Town hall. Including in no particular order of fabulousness, local North East band The Pastures, Illusionist Foxee Stole, legendary swamp-dwellering slaughterhouse blues band The Wattingers, multi-talented Greg Chapman (Juggler, Comedian, Unicyclist, Escapologist, Storyteller, Magician….), the very lovely Burlesque Dancer Pansy Cheung, and headline act, The Filthy Spectacula. (I am advised to issue a health warning here – under no circumstances get into a drinking contest with The Filthy Spectacula, hospital food is disgusting.) You can get tickets online, £18 and no booking fees, http://www.crewe-steampunk-convivial.co.uk/?
And for those wondering what the heck is Steampunk the answer is
So, a Steampunk Festival in Hartlepool!! But what on earth is Steampunk?
Well, it is nothing whatsoever to do with mostly absolutely dire 1970’s “Punk Rock”. It is a genre loosely based on re-imagining Victorian Science Fiction and Fantasy, such as the works of H G Wells, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mary Shelley.
You can see it’s influence on television and film productions – the recent Kit Kat Advert’s Time Machine, films such as The Golden Compass, Hugo, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Wild Wild West, and the upcoming new Peter Jackson blockbuster, “Mortal Engines” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRsFc2gguEg&t=48s
It spreads through literature, fashion and music, and best of all it is easy and inexpensive to join in! The basics are probably in grandad’s wardrobe or the nearest charity shop, and from there you can bling it up to your heart’s content as you go along – the only limit is your imagination! And you won’t find a more welcoming and friendly bunch of people. In fact, I’d say it’s probably the most fun you can have with your clothes on!
This is a first for Hartlepool and if its successful it will be back so please attend we need more local events like this is our fab area.