Multi day conventions can be a lot of fun for the attendees, and inspire some yearning for those of us who weren’t able to make it. They are a great place to meet other steampunks, and a great opportunity to learn from others, be it panel discussions or hallway conversations.
Teslacon, held each November in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, is one of the must-attend events on my yearly list. People, fashions, and live entertainment all play into the enjoyment of the weekend.
Eric Larson, aka Lord Hastings Robert Bobbins III, Prime Minister of England, spends more than a year planning every detail of the convention to create an immersive environment with an overarching story line, annual theme, and frequent skits which support both.
Each year find Lord Bobbins escorting his guests to adventurous locations, finding time for tea and conversation, while confounding his nemesis, Dr. Proctocus.
Attendees have traveled the skies in an airship, the seas in a submarine, rocketed to the moon, and drilled out of the center of the Earth! After a vacation trip to the Wild West in 2015, everyone is headed to the City of Lights – Paris, France – in 2016.
Aside from the LARPing and storyline, guests can relax in the Tea Room, with their choice of tea and biscuits, perambulate through the stalls of the vendor market, and show off their finery at the evening galas and dances. Last year, there was a live circus and everyone was treated to amazing acts of human strength, agility, and creativity.
Each day, there are panels about history, art and literature, and DIY, as well as fashion shows, fashion competitions, and a Maker’s Exhibit.
All in all, this convention of about 1500 people has become one of my very favorite events. If you like a bit of a story, a lot of creative outfits, and a chance to easily make new friends, then this might be a convention for you, too.
See you in Paris!