Æther Feature — The 2012 European Steampunk Convention

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. on September 27, 2012

 Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community of steam and cog, or perhaps remind you of one artisan’s successful efforts to bring the past that never was to the here and now.

This week’s Æther Feature for September 27, 2012, submitted for your pleasure:

The European Steampunk Convention (EuroSteamCon for short) is the first event to connect the individual Steampunk scenes in every European country.

Europe needs a pan-European Steampunk event

The steampunk scene is growing in Europe. When you explore the ætherweb, it is hard not to notice the presence of steampunks from the Straights of Gibraltar to the Urals and from the Arctic Circle to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Alas, all the different scenes have thus far been local affairs, the same is true for events. There have already been a number of events in Spain, in France, in the UK, in Germany, in Poland. Sometimes steampunks from neighbouring countries hear about it and come along, but there has not been an encompassing event to connect all the scenes across the continent.

The Mission of the European Steampunk Convention

It is our vision and mission to connect all the steampunks all across Europe. Since parts of the event will be held online, it will be easy to just tune in, read the streams, join a chat and participate, even if you are alone.

The official hashtag for Twitter is #eurosteamcon, you can find Eurosteamcon on Skype and we will also have a hangout on Google Plus. For all the updates and last-minute changes, it is best to check out the official Facebook page.

In times like these, when Europe is in crisis and governments blame governments for things other governments messed up, we want to celebrate our lifestyle in unity and have fun with and for everyone.

What happened so far

After getting in touch with fellow steampunks via the ætherweb, the response was tremendous. Within days, there were people showing interest in Portugal, Spain, France, and even Slovenia and Belarus.

Coordinating things and thinking about infrastructure was a nightmare for a time, but then we decided to do it decentralized. Everybody plans their party how they want. Now, we have events all over the Europe: Porto, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Luxembourg, Marburg, Mansfield, Ljubljana, Prague, and the list goes on. Not all of them will be able to join in online, but that is a secondary concern. The main thing is: Having fun steampunk style.

We also had a number of bands get in touch with us but so far, we do not have the funds to hire many. But: Victor Sierra and BB Black Dog will perform in Luxembourg and Mansfield respectively.

What is going to happen

We will party like it’s 1899! We will connect across the continent via Skype, Hangout, Twitter (the last one can be done with every smartphone, I was told…) . And since this is online: Everybody can joiun in, European or not. Yes, this means you, too!

We will take photos and make videos and have a compilation at one point to share with everybody involved and whoever is interested. Most important of all: We hope this is only the first and there will be many more to come!

 faithfully presented by Marcus R. Gilman of the Daily Steampunk blog

 

Do you have a steampunk musician, artist, short film, designer, or maker that you wish to see in our Ministry Æther Feature? Contact our journalists at tee (at) teemorris (dot) com and pip (at) pjballantine (dot) com, and they will labour to feature you here. If selected, the artist-in-question will be notified. Thank you for your continuing interest in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

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