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Victoria Steam Exposition IV:
Scavenger-hunt in Darkened Alleys, Secret Lodges, The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk Beer Launch, Burlesque Diva Lydia DeCarllo, and More!
The premiere steampunk event in the Dominion of Canada is back for a fourth year in Victoria, British Columbia. Where previous years have been encased in palaces of cut-crystal and gleaming brass, this year it's the gritty back-alleys of the 19th century colonial capital which are brought to the fore – after-hours corners and upstairs dives where the paths of explorers and inventors cross with those of airship scoundrels & duplicitous courtesans.
The weekend is wrapped around Alleyways: An Alternative Reality Game / scavenger hunt specially designed for this event – sending the braver of attendees through brick alleys, half-forgotten nooks, and opulent lodges of secret societies in pursuit of treasure-unlocking puzzle-clues. At the Exposition's old-brick 1909 headquarters there will be merchants, outfitters, panels, artists and authors, speakers and performers, history lections, and craft activities for families.
The Weekend kicks off with Friday Night Reception at the 1885 Bard & Banker, with a history lecture of Victoria's seedy underbelly presented by Chris Adams of Ghostly Walks. Hear the real story of Her Majesty's colonial capital with tales of murder, madness, arson and opium.
On Saturday, we switch venues to the 1909 old brick Victoria Event Centre: set in the dark heart of a labyrinth of storied alleys of the capital's Old Town. Speakers, panelists, merchants, booksellers, artists and artisans will all be on hand to display, discuss and trade in wares. Saturday morning will see the briefing of the scavenger hunt, and teams will be presented with their initial "rabbit holes."
We are proud to announce there will be an exhibition of Bartitsu – the authentic 19th century mixed martial art of Sherlock Holmes – presented by Vancouver's David McCormick of Academy Duello.
Saturday evening Longwood Brewery presents the 19+ Steampunk Cabaret Burlesque, a costume ball and raucous dance suited for this year's theme of discretion, decadence, deviousness & debauchery. Vancouver Burlesque star Lola Frost will tease and titillate, followed by the riotous Folk Glam Gypsy Marching Band Bucan Bucan – in celebration of the launch of Vancouver Island's very own Steampunk Beer.
More presentations, final round and prizes for the scavenger hunt, family craft activities and the fashion show!
Randie Feil, Featured Artist
Kaja Foglio, Author and Illustrator, Girl Genius
Jordan Stratford, Impresario and Author of Mechanicals
James Carrott of Vintage Tomorrows
David McCormick, Bartitsu Instructor, Academie Duello
Lydia DeCarllo, Steampunk Burlesque Diva
$10 Friday Evening Reception (May 31st) (TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE- Sorry!)
Historian & Raconteur Chris Adams returns for an intimate lecture at the Bard and Banker Public House (Sam McGee Room) ** Space is very limited to 60 guests (19+ )**
$30 Adult Weekend Pass (June 1st & June 2nd)(Tickets available at the door until we sell out)
(Saturday, Saturday Night, & Sunday)
**includes Scavenger Hunt entry.**
$20 Youth Weekend Pass (June 1st & June 2nd) (Tickets available at the door until we sell out)
(Saturday & Sunday DAY ONLY)
**includes Scavenger Hunt entry.**
$10 Saturday Pass (June 1st)(Tickets available at the door until we sell out)
$10 Sunday Pass (June 2nd)(Tickets available at the door until we sell out)
** Children 13 years and under: FREE admission with a paying adult.**
Friday Night Reception & History Lecture 8PM - 11PM
Saturday 10AM - 6PM: Merchants, panels, presentations, Alleyways start, tours & lectures, door prizes
Saturday 8PM - 11 PM: Steampunk Cabaret Burlesque
Sunday 10AM - 4PM: Alleyways Alternative Reality Game continues, prizes, meet-ups
Please visit our website www.victoriasteamexpo.com for more information.
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