Nevermind thinking of lions and lambs, have some retrofuturistic adventures this March! Visit fesitvals in France, Argentina, and Tuscon, Arizona, get a taste of the Victorian Gothic in New York, or wander around Wales. Join Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributor author Ellie Ann Soderstrom as we highlight our favorite events from around the world.
Descriptions are taken from the events Facebook or website, unless stated otherwise.
The Airship Ambassador Recommends:
March 23—Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hosted by The Argentina Steampunk Society, this one-day festival event will include vendors; a textile exhibition inspired by the film 9 (Nine); film screenings and shorts all day (Mélies Shorts, Hugo Cabret); panels; Literary Mesa with the official presentation of their new steampunk novels & more!
Steampunk at the Seaside
March 28—Camber/Rye, East Sussex, UK
Hundreds of steampunks taking over the Park Resorts Holiday park for a long weekend of talks, workshops, games, markets, and zombies! Live music from Mr B, Pocketwatch and Sunday Driver. Further information from the VSS website at www.britishsteampunk.org
Steampunk at The Griffin
March 30—Dudley, England, UK.
An evening of Steampunk at The Griffin in Dudley featuring Birthrite and Crimson Clocks as well as burlesque with a Steampunk twist from the lovely Steam Tease and a selection of artisans vending their wares. Entry is free.
Ellie Ann Reccomends:
Don’t you think March is the longest month of the year? Christmas is over and spring seems so far away. It’s filled with bad weather, school, long work hours, cabin fever, darkness, wailing, mourning, gnashing of teeth...uh, sorry, I got a bit carried away. It’s not that bad. A good book and warm chocolate chip cookies are usually a good fix. But another good way to beat the winter doldrums is by going to steampunk events!
Wild, Wild West Steampunk Convention III
March 7-8 2014—Tuscon, Arizona
Everyone knows steampunk and the Wild West go together like biscuits and gravy. The good convention leaders at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention have put together an amazing weekend with awesome guests and fantastic events. Steam Powered Giraffe, The Cog is Dead, the one and only Professor Elemental, a Land vs. Sea Steampunk Ball (great theme!), tea tastings, Steampunk Boba Fett, Airship Isabella, Brian Kesinger, Kato, and Loop Rawlins are some of the people and events they’ve lined up. So come forth from your winter caves and partake is some wild, western, steampunky fun.
Sounds of Steam podcast
every Monday at 9 PM EST—The Aethernetz
This was the very first steampunk podcast I heard and I was hooked. The hosts, Travis I. Sivart (I stands for intelligent) and Wendy L. Callahan (L stands for lively) have developed an excellent concoction of steampunk news, interesting trivia, excellent guests, cool music, and a big crowd of fun-loving people that tune in every Monday night. Sometimes I listen to the podcast during the week, but the best is listening to it live and chatting with the group on Facebook. Check it out!
Additional Events from Around the World:
Victorian Gothic Reading & Discussion presented by the New York Nineteenth Century Society
March 1—New York, NY
We all have our favorite 19th century authors. Mary Shelley, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe. Join us with our panel of authors and academics as we meet old friends and make new ones in the discussion of Victorian literature and the Gothic genre. Panelists include: Veronica Schanoes, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Curt Herr, Leah Richards, Bridget McFarland, Mary Holzman-Tweed, Catherine Siemann and more! Afterwards we will be having an impromptu party located at the Chelsea Pub located on: 362 West 23rd Street, neat 9th Avenue.
Gail Carriger at WORD Bookstore
March 5 at 7 PM—Brooklyn, NY
Join us for a reading, discussion, and signing with Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series (SOULLESS, CHANGELESS, BLAMELESS, HEARTLESS, and TIMELESS). She will be in conversation with Diana Pho (Ay-leen the Peacemaker) and a prize will be awarded to the best steampunk costume!
Steampunk U Presents: Beautiful Science & Mad Creatures
March 7–9—Enid, OK
We invite you, of all ages and prospectives of “your” inner Steampunk, to share in this wonderful world, feeling empowered, connected to your alter-ego at this photoshoot/ model search. Friday, the 7th, starting around 4:00 p.m., with “dress up and shoot”...open to all, and moving into Saturday, the 8th until around 1:00 p.m. After 1:00 p.m., we will be “gearing up” for the main event, including, but not limited to, Steampunk, etc, Photography tips and tricks of the trade, MUAH Artistry, Direction/Posing for Models, Fashion/Trunk Show and Showcase. Modelling workshop will also be held on Sunday.
Steampunk Meander Around Cardiff Museum
March 9—Cardiff, Wales
Two very good exhibitions about to finish at Cardiff Museum that we think are worth a visit: Wallace The Forgotten Evolutionist and Peter Blake Illustrates Dylan Thomas. Indoors so not weather sensitive and free entry. Dressing up in our finest...essential! Details on our Facebook page.
Chimères et Légendaire 2014
March 29 & 30—Mariembourg-Couvin, France
A two-day music festival, featuring Pegan Noz, Nook, and Derwid.
Ellie Ann Soderstrom is a science fiction and comic writer, Her works include steampunk, The Silver Sickle, comic Tale of Frida, and the multi media adventure, Slice of Life. Come say hi! She won’t bite. Unless she’s been turned into a zombie. You can find her on twitter, Facebook and her website.