Following on from last year's successful event, Steampunk returns to the Port for a weekend of theatre, fashion and of course, steam trains. Held at the National Railway Museum amidst the collection of historic railway carriages you will find other things lurking.
What is Steampunk? According to the Oxford University Press: Steampunk "began as a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy literature, but has developed in recent years to become a craft and lifestyle movement that commonly features some aspect of steam-powered machinery." Steampunk marries modern day mechanics with science fiction and Gothic inspired clothing.
Kids of all ages can ride on the full size 1919 steam engine "Peronne" for just $3 and the smaller steam locomotive "Bub" at no charge. It will be a perfect opportunity for photographers too, with a mixture of fashion, mechanical function and aesthetics set against a backdrop of powerful steam locomotives.
There will be a variety of stalls selling Steampunk-inspired clothing, accessories and merchandise. Dress up in your best Victorian inspired finery, as prizes will be awarded for the best Steampunk genre outfits.
Take a step back in time and stroll through David Archer's Arcadia, an amazing arcade of automata and amusement machines.
Artists have until April 13th to register for the "Steampunk Derailed" exhibition, which will also be held over the weekend. A weird and wonderful display of quirky, ingenious and colourful contraptions, sculpture, jewellery and paintings is sure to delight and amaze.