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May 9, 2013
Duluth is the perfect setting to envision the future through the lens of industrial Victorian-era eyes. Gaze into an alternative future driven with the power of steam – Steampunk that is! Duluth’s own Julian Barnes of days gone by – the dress, the swagger, the entrepreneurial spirit and the “Lark of Duluth” would make him a great Steampunk character today. Duluth’s Historic Union Depot offers up the perfect gather space for Duluth Art Institute’s 2nd Annual Steampunk Spectacular bringing enthusiasts, and those who are curious, to this two-day event.
Join DAI as it hosts the 2nd Annual Steampunk Spectacular May 16 and 17 at the Historic Union Depot in Duluth. Two days of indulgent “Steampunk-ification” including all areas of creativity will transpire before your very eyes. The Duluth Art Institute is collaborating with Friends of Industry, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, North Shore Railroad, The Underground (the Playground’s new community arts venue in the lower level of the Depot) and many artists throughout the community to bring this two-day event to Duluth.
“The creative energy behind this event is exhilarating as it encompasses many talented artists of the region, including musicians, fashion designers, visual artists, DJs, make-up artists, dancers, puppeteers, photographers, writers and others,” said Kat Eldred, Executive Director of the Duluth Art Institute, “Last year we collaborated with local fashion designers and Friends of Industry (a local artist’s collective) to bring this event to Duluth. It was received with great enthusiasm and attendees wanted to know if we would do it again next year!” Well, it is happening and it is bigger and better.”
The DAI’s 2nd Annual Steampunk Spectacular begins on Thursday, May 16, with the opening of the Steampunk Emporium (marketplace) and Art Exhibits at noon in the Great Hall, at 6 PM there will be a Steampunk lecture titled: “Steampunk 101: An International Movement & A Duluth Phenomenon” presented by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth and Ed Newman, Advertising Manager, AMSOIL INC.; author, N&L Publishing, and artist. The lecture will be followed by an artists’ reception. On Friday the Steampunk Emporium and Art Show open again at noon, followed by ticketed events including a Steampunk Train Ride leaving the Depot at 5:30. At 7:00 PM, the Fashion Show and live entertainment (including DJ’s from atop the trains and fire dancers) get underway in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The evening wraps up with the Celtic Steampunk band Langer’s Ball from St Paul, performing live in The Underground.
The Emporium, Art Show and Lecture are free. For a more detailed schedule or to purchase tickets in advance go to www.duluthartinstitute.org (under Events). Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Costumes are encouraged!