Breaking Euchronia News: LIVE TESLA COIL! ... 3 days to go!

Greetings folks,

We have some amazing, last-minute news: we will have a genuine LIVE TESLA COIL display at Euchronia! This has been quite a thing to organize and we didn't want to announce it until we were pretty sure it would be happening, but we can now confim that senior Physicist Ed Bondarenko, former head of the Telstra Research High Voltage Lab, will be doing live Tesla Coil and Electrostatic Leviation displays throughout the earlier part of the evening, so you'll want to make sure you come early to see this fantastic display of SCIENCE!

We're also quite chuffed to note that we were listed this past weekend as the featured pick for New Years Eve in the Sunday Age: even the city's $2.5M free fireworks display didn't merit that honour!

We also have two new fine artists added to our already amazing bill: Christopher
James Percival
from Perth and Robo von Bismark from right here in Melbourne, with some more amazing artworks for your viewing pleasure. Christopher has also produced some amazing signage work which you'll see around the venue on the night, as well as our spectacular programme book, all new ALTV membership cards (which can be collected on the door) and sundry other designwork. In addition, we also have two new performers to announce: Nikolai and Scarlet will be entertaining you with Fire and Brimstone (or similar — we expect it will smell better) as you enter the venue, so keep an eye out!

We also wanted to make specific mention of our top-billed dance performer, Magdalene from New Zealand, who will be performing not one but two awesome acts. Her first will be more burlesque and Absinthe-themed (ooh la la!) but the second will be her famous Cenobite dance, sure to enthrall and amaze, and as seen at Torture Garden (UK) and the Christchurch Fetish Ball. (This second act is not for the fainthearted and so we're featuring it toward the end of the evening: well worth sticking around for!)

Finally, we can now announce our Drinks Menu for Euchronia, including a range of vintage themed cocktails with recipes from the turn of the century and beyond, and the prices — well, see for yourself!

If you're still looking for sartorial inspiration, please check out our What to Wear and Where to Get It pages. Importantly, for those of you who're keen to add a Holostatic Aetheric Discombobulator or similar to your accoutrements, we have a much more open policy this time around, and will be permitting prop weapons — but please ensure you read the policy carefully.

Please note that tickets can no longer be posted out to you (in case they don't reach you on time), but you can either come in to Wildilocks, Peril Underground or Of Science and Swords to buy your tickets in person up til close of business on the 31st, or you can buy online to pick up on the door from! You can also purchase from Moshtix either online or at any Moshtix outlet up til 6pm on the 31st December. (Limited door sales will be available, with preference for ALTV members.)

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!
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Brisbane Steampunk Museum Meet-Up

Time: Sunday, 09 January 2011 · 11:00 - 14:00
Location: Queensland Museum Southbank


Hello fellow steampunk enthusiasts!

I'd like to add some interest to the second weekend of the new year by way of a costumed trip to the museum. Ideally a fair number of us should meet outside the museum in southbank at 11:00am chatting and so-forth for about a half hour as we wait for all the attendees to show up. Once we have gathered we can take a pleasant stroll inside to see the exhibits, its free _and_ its informative.

Once we've had our fill of Science we could take a wander over to Tlicious or somewhere else, for some tea/snacks.

As a costumed event, I request attendees come in costume. In fact there's interest from some folk from the courier main who would like to do a piece on subcultures, so you could dress prettily and possibly see your face in the paper. (If there is a large enough amount of us - and I should hope there would be - people who are media/camera shy will be able to hide away from all that and not be bothered.)

Its a public event, so if you know any steampunks who might be interested, do let them know about this event so they can register attendance.

Given the large number of people being invited I'm instigating an RSVP date of Monday the 3rd so we can book a place to eat/drink afterwards. Taking suggestions on where that can be, I was thinking Tlicious, but I'm not sure what they provide in the way of food.


I've made a facebook event so I can easily keep track of attendees so if you're interested in coming along it would be helpful to register attendance over there, but if you're unable commenting here would be good. I just need to roughly know how many people are coming so that I know how long to wait for outside the museum, and if necessary book someplace to eat.

A link to the facebook event is here:


EDIT: A comment from Suzanne Dorfield from the Courier Mail was added to the facebook group wall, and I felt it appropriate to reproduce it here:

"As mentioned, myself and a photographer from the Courier-Mail will be there to take photos and do some interviews as part of an ongoing series about subcultures in Brisbane. We won't be too intrusive, but it would be greatly appreciated if some of you could take the time for a chat and a few pics so we can get an accurate representation of Steampunk. See you then!"

EUCHRONIA final lineup, artists & DJs announced, + XMAS SPECIAL!

Are you still ummming and ahhing about NYE? Need a few more reasons to be convinced that Euchronia this year will utterly eclipse 2008's hugely successful event, and you'd be completely mad to miss it?

Read on, for there is much to tempt. (If you're already convinced but still ticketless, feel free to skip to the end for details of TICKET DISCOUNTS.)


Many, many of you have already purchased your tickets (and we're particularly overwhelmed by number of interstate visitors this year!), but if you still haven't gotten around to it, or if you're looking for a perfect last-minute gift idea, we're offering a little incentive to buy earlier rather than later.

Euchronia's XMAS SPECIAL: if you buy before 25 December you can receive 2 tickets for only $125, a discount of $15 off current prices (and $45 less than you'll be charged on the door)!

Euchronia Ticket - Standard Release x 2 +postage options

In addition, ALTV memberships are still available ALL the way up to NYE, providing tickets at the presale price PLUS 4 free standard drinks, entry to the member's lounge (now with FREE TEA and COFFEE ALL NIGHT LONG!) and membership package, all for the modest sum of $85 per combined ticket. Bargain!

Euchronia Ticket w/ALTV membership + postage options
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Please note that we are expecting the event to reach capacity, so don't leave your decision too late. Remember, any tickets remaining for sale on the door will be $85 each, and ALTV members will be given preference.
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How we made the Euchronia 2010 Tesla coil poster image - a world first for steampunks!

Gosh, it's now less than a month til Euchronia! As in 2008, we've had so many compliments on our 2010 Euchronia poster we felt some information on how it was created would be of interest, even more so than last time.

Because our 2010 venue is a former power station, we felt a theme of electricity was the most obvious choice - and what better way to do it than with REAL lightning, conjured up just for our use?

While many may have assumed that the lightning in the image is solely the result of some clever Photoshop - (and yes, our first teaser flyer was indeed all digital) - while there may have been a little bit of image manipulation involved - the reality is, our lovely model Helen was in fact actually being shot with real lightning bolts from a very impressive 2 meter tall Tesla coil! In fact we believe we are the first steampunk group to have had a genuine Tesla coil photoshoot and this is something we're very proud of! To get a bit of an idea of what the shoot looked like, check out the animated gif put together by Peter Terren, below:

(Click through to see the full size .gif on Peter's site)

If you'd just like to see some of the behind the scenes images, you can check out our Flickr set here or Peter Terren's very comprehensive set of images and amusing back-story here.

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I'm going to be visiting Sydney and Melbourne and am looking for shops that carry things that might be of steampunky interest. Does anyone have any recommendations or can point me to an existing resource?

Stunning new Tesla Coil poster and swathe of new Local & International Acts announced

It is with very great pleasure that we can finally announce a major update to the Euchronia bill, and reveal our new poster (click for large version) - which has a fantastic story of its own involving death-defying feats with Tesla Coils c/o the very talented Peter Terren of Tesla Down Under! But that's a longer story, and deserves an entire post of its own — which we shall bring you very soon, but not today. Today is dedicated to our exciting new international and interstate attractions!

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Melbourne: Steampunk @ Sinthethic this Saturday Night..

Hello there steamy folk!

Something a bit different happening this weekend in Melbourne you might be interested in: 

For the first time Omega is bringing some Steampunk Stylings to one of Melbourne's best alternative clubs, Sinthetic. Come along in your finery for a walk on the dark side..

It's a great venue with a welcoming atmosphere, and if we show up in force, we will be able to secure a steampunk-only night for ourselves in the future.. I've long wished for a regular nightclub event again and I'm sure I'm not the only one.. here's our chance to make it happen..

... hope to see you there! 

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Australian Steampunk Short Story Competition

Greetings ^_^

I hope it's okay to post this here.  I wanted to share this competition with everyone.  It's a steampunk short story comp with a twist, and it's only open to residents of Australia and New Zealand.  

The stories you weave for the competition will need to embody the height of steampunk – all that is daring and unique and sweepingly epic about it. This will be the first step in a battle of the two great punk genres. Next years competition theme will be cyberpunk. When both comps are complete we will choose a selection of stories for our next anthology. As yet unnamed, it will be a flip book with two covers - cyberpunk on one side, steampunk on the other. So this year, represent steampunk with everything you’ve got, because next year it’ll be cyberpunks turn.

All the details and entry guidelines can be found here.

My most humble thanks for reading.


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