There are these rare, very rare moments when you find yourself sitting at a local festival that couldn’t be further away from anything steampunk or dieselpunk if it tried and you realizes that the band that just started to perform on stage is, in fact… a steampunk band.
That was what happened when I attended the annual Heist-op-den-Berg sheep-shearing festival in Belgium on May 21. (I go for the food, the food is amazing)
Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics, was the fifth (time does really fly) installment of the yearly Grandioso Gothic Happening (that’s really how it’s marketed as, I’m not making it up) taking place at the revamped monastery Bouche à Oreille.
Made in Asia has over the years become the biggest and most popular Asiamania convention of Belgium. This year it coincided with the last weekend of the February school holiday, giving people ample opportunity to visit.
We visited on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of the event, and so this review is only relevant to these days and not to the final day of Sunday. Continue reading “Made in Asia”
MCM Com Con has built up quite a lot of fame with its conventions in the United Kingdom, in particular the one in London. They are now expanding to mainland Europe and slowly building up that same reputation here. If the first edition of MCM Comic Con Belgium is anything to go by, they’re on the right track. Continue reading “MCM Comic Con Belgium”
First of all, let me say there is probably no other convention in Belgium that tries to put as many things on its program as Atsusacon. Nor is there a convention this good at making sure that people know what’s on, when and where during the event. The ICC has a good infrastructure for information, with the screen and first-floor desk, and Atsusacon makes full and great use of both. Continue reading “Atsusacon”
Originally, this convention appeared on the Belgian convention schedule last summer, as a small but fun day. This year, with the name changed to Comic Con Gent (Gent spelled the Dutch way), they came back seemingly out of the blue, bigger (literally) and stronger than the year before. Continue reading “Starcom/Comic Con Gent”
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”
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”
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”
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”