“[Steampunk] is Victorian, it is science fiction, it is a subculture growing out of an aesthetic,” said Nathan Barnett, a quasi-authority on the subject, having been involved with Seattle-based Steamcon, which is recognized as one of the largest annual gatherings of steampunk enthusiasts worldwide.
“Steam” represents a time when steam-powered engines represented a new era of technology and transportation. “Punk” symbolizes the timeless struggle of the oppressed. The term steampunk has gained recognition through pop culture and recent films such as “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “Wild Wild West,” which portray early societies possessing advanced machinery and tools. Often, the genre incorporates elements of the supernatural and plot lines can include apocalyptic themes.
Port Townsend will host the first annual Steampunk Festival called the Brass Screw Confederacy June 8-10, 2012. The Brass Screw Confederacy is a three day event from Friday, June 8, to Sunday, June 10. Set in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend and historic Fort Worden, festivities shall embrace the weird and wonderful of the region including a Victorian boudoire turned saloon on the warf, purveyors of mercantile marvels, entertainments to delight and titalate, absynthe, musicians, magic, mysticism, mayhem and mayhap even zombies. Yes, zombies.
Specific details about the schedule shall be forthcoming, but you may fully anticipate the following:
- Friday evening, June 8th: Victorian Boudoire-saloon featuring The Crow Quill Night Owls and a Steampunk pubcrawl
- Saturday day, June 9th: Vendors, makers, bodgers and artists fair and performances at Key City Theatre featuring Girl Genius Radio Show, Master Payne's Flea Circus, readings and guest appearances.
- Saturday evening, June 9th (still): Vaudeville show featuring live bands, burlesque dancers, magicians, pyromaniacal entertainments, and more!
- Sunday midday, June 10th: The living confront their ancient and recurring nemesis... Who. Will. Win?