Unexpected Steampunk Music: Pan de Capazo

Pan de Capazo
Pan de Capazo perform in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium, May 21 (Hilde Heyvaert)

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) Continue reading “Unexpected Steampunk Music: Pan de Capazo”

Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics

Coalescaremonium Pagan Electrics Etterbeek Belgium
Selfie in progress at Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics, in Etterbeek, Belgium, April 8 (Hilde Heyvaert)

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.

Which, with its many side rooms, is the perfect location for a Gothic event of this magnitude. Continue reading “Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics”

Made in Asia

Made in Asia Brussels Belgium
Visitors at the Made in Asia convention in Brussels, Belgium, March 3 (Hilde Heyvaert)

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 Comic Con Belgium

MCM Comic Con Belgium Brussels
The author at MCM Comic Con Belgium, Brussels, November 6 (Hilde Heyvaert)

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”

Atsusacon

Atsusacon Ghent Belgium
Atsusacon in Ghent, Belgium, August 7 (Hilde Heyvaert)

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”

Coalescaremonium

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”

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”