24 April 2023

Step back to a time that never was at Nimmitabel’s Steampunk@Altitude Festival

| Gail Eastaway
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Man on penny-farthing

Sanjex Seratti on his penny-farthing at Nimmitabel’s Steampunk Festival 2022. Photo: KyloFoto Images.

Fancy a weekend away in a quaint Monaro village, in a time that never was?

Need a break from the daily humdrum and a dose of other-worldly activities to recharge and reinvent yourself?

Steampunk might be just your ticket to fun. Steampunk is a design style inspired by Victorian-era industrialism.

Science fiction author K.W. Jeter is created the term steampunk in 1987 to describe a style of fantasy fiction that featured Victorian technology, especially technology powered by steam.

So, whether you are coming for a look or whether you have costumes to get organised, mark it on your calendar now. On May 6 and 7, Nimmitabel will again be transformed into a steampunk hub.

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Nimmitabel’s Steampunk@Altitude Festival has an abundance of activities to join and events for visitors and locals to attend.

From 10 am Saturday and 9 am Sunday, there will be activities and vendors on the street, markets in the hall, stores to peruse and cafes to cruise.

The list of guests and activities is extensive.

Sanjex Seratti, with his Vintage Wonders and Entertainments, will demonstrate penny-farthing cycling and have a selection of vintage-inspired toys and games.

Nimmity’s streets lend themselves to the spectacle of penny-farthing riding and racing.

Dijor’s Re-purposed Fun and Folly will attend with Rivets the Parrot and a Vardo display made from repurposing toys and materials that have been discarded.

Come and ask him about them.

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The Show and Shine is all set for showing off your steampunk mobile and will be open each day in the Geldmacher square.

Bring your bike, steed or contraption and demonstrate your style.

The Capital Tea Duelling Society returns with its festive tent, providing the tea and biscuits for the duel, where it’s all in the dunk and the hold to see who wins.

Come find Who Took the Toy, a searching game for adults and children.

Skav’s Steampunk Workshop, and TOT Custom Designs with his Mobile Steampunk Emporium will also be set up on the street.

You won’t see these displays at any other time of the year, just these two days in Nimmitabel.

High tea will be available at the Royal Arms, where bookings are required.

The Royal Arms will also have the Sundowner Cafe open. Entry is free for many activities, but a few events are ticketed and have costs (see www.steampunk.in/ticketed-events).

Include the Nimmitabel Leather Shop, Luv Me Again, Woolly Wonders, Archers BNSH & Nimmitabel Lolly Shop, the Antique Store, Bertie’s Cafe and the Nimmitabel Bakery as things to investigate on your wandering list.

To find out more and to book, check out the website or on Facebook.


Saturday, 6 May:

10 am to 4 pm, street activities and markets; from 4 pm to late, evening activities.

Sunday, 7 May:

9 am to 3 pm, street activities and markets.

Phone 0497 261 605 (text welcome) or email [email protected].

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