Coalescaremonium Etterbeek Belgium
Coalescaremonium in Etterbeek, Belgium, April 2 (Hilde Heyveart)

Despite the recent terrorist events in Brussels making it hard (or harder, depending on which transport you were using) for people to get into the city. As well as pretty late timed necessary changes to the program, Coalescaremonium once again established that, at the moment, they are the premiere, family friendly, Gothic event that Belgium has to offer as none of these misfortunes stopped them from putting on a great show. Continue reading “Coalescaremonium”

Made in Asia

Made in Asia Brussels Belgium
Visitors at the Made in Asia convention in Brussels, Belgium, March 13 (Hilde Heyveart)

The past couple of years, there had been a lot of critique on Made in Asia: it was overcrowded, hardly any room to move, and especially to sit and relax. After the especially flawed 7th edition of last year, however, the organization finally realized that changes had to be made, and actually went ahead and made them. They clearly based themselves on the lay-out of Japan Expo near Paris, but hey, if it works, then it works. Which it does. Continue reading “Made in Asia”

Swamp Steam

Swamp Steam
Swamp Steam

Sousaphones, bagpipes, valve trombone and ukulele, oh my!

These are some of the extraordinary and unusual (for steampunk at least) instruments you can find on Swamp Steam and let me tell you right now, if this is what comes out of the swamp then sign me right up for a visit!

It may all seem strange at first glance, but it’s a musical gumbo that not only works, it leaves you constantly wondering, wanting to move to the groove and wanting more. It’s the kind of CD to listen to when the fancy for a good mix of different genres strikes or simply to play in the background. Both work and that in itself is quite unique. Continue reading “Swamp Steam”

Dapper Day at Disneyland Paris

Dapper Day Disneyland Paris France
Dapper Day at Disneyland Paris, France, September 26, 2015 (Hilde Heyvaert)

Many people into fashion, Disney parks or dieselpunk know Dapper Day. The US initiative where on some days Disney Parks in California and Florida are turned into a veritable congregation of people dressed in retro fashions of the diesel era and contemporary chic and rockabilly styles. In the US they are huge, they are the bees-knees, there are even Dapper Day Expo events, and now they started bringing them to Disneyland Paris also. Albeit in much more modest form. Continue reading “Dapper Day at Disneyland Paris”

Elfia Arcen

Elfia Arcen Netherlands
Steampunk family at Elfia Arcen, the Netherlands, September 19 (Hilde Heyvaert)

Just like previous editions of this event, this year’s Elfia Arcen was a fun, varied and diverse fair. I’m using the term fair, because while it is in theory a fantasy fair, in reality it has surpassed that label significantly by the sheer diversity of it’s program. They don’t just cater to fantasy fans, but also to fans of sci-fi, pop culture, J-culture and history, which makes that Elfia appeals to pretty much everyone. Continue reading “Elfia Arcen”

Coalescaremonium Picnic

Coalescaremonium Picnic Etterbeek Belgium
Coalescaremonium Picnic in Etterbeek, Belgium, September 13 (Hilde Heyvaert)

To celebrate the upcoming 4th edition of Coalescaremonium, Art Nouveau Noise, Jardin des Poupées, moved their Gothic picnic event to the Brussels area rather than sticking around the Antwerp area. So quite a few people turned up for a fun picnic in the Jubelpark, sharing food, drinks and general good times. Continue reading “Coalescaremonium Picnic”

Prague, Czech Republic

Reasons to Visit Prague

That the capital of the Czech Republic is a beautiful city is not news. But did you know that it is also excellent when it comes to steampunk?

I have visited Prague twice so far and admittedly only stayed in the Praha 1 district, so I can only guess what hidden gems lie in the other parts of the city.

Prague is full of beautiful Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Jugendstil architecture. You can walk through the town and you’ll be amazed at the beauty of the buildings everywhere, from high streets to small streets that seem to be hardly used other than by those that live there. Continue reading “Reasons to Visit Prague”