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Walhalla to host Steampunk Gala this August


It’s full steam ahead for an event to take place in Walhalla that melds Victorian era fashions with futuristic techno gizmos.

The inaugural Steampunk Gala in Walhalla is set for 28-29 August and is expected to attract Steampunk fans from near and far to the historic gold mining town.

Getting a handle on just what Steampunk is remains mysterious, but it’s safe to describe it as a cross between Victorian era fashions, music and art powered by steam, along with futuristic technologies that featured in the works of such well-known nineteenth century authors as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Deputy Mayor of the Baw Baw Shire Council, Michael Leaney, said: “Walhalla’s historic gold-mining past and beautifully preserved 19th century streetscape makes it a perfect backdrop for a Steampunk event.

“We look forward to hosting this event in the town and welcoming many new visitors to the region after a very difficult year for tourism,” Cr Leaney said.

The two-day event will feature rides on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, tours of the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine, themed magic shows, a fashion parade, tea duelling, horse-drawn carriage rides, colourful musical performers, and many other fun-filled Steampunk-inspired activities.

Tickets will go on sale shortly and numbers will be limited to ensure those in attendance receive the full Steampunk experience.

The event will be run in accordance with COVID Safe guidelines.

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