Cité Des Arts and The Lafayette Science Museum are teaming up for the fourth year of the innovative joint venture called the Steampunk and Makers Fair, a hands-on celebration of the connection between the arts and science at Downtown Lafayette’s Parc Sans Souci and The Lafayette Science Museum.
The Steampunk concept is 19th century science fiction fun. “Steampunks” are diverse innovators, many of which come to showcase their own music, stories, art, costumes and creative 19th century paraphernalia.
“Steampunk being if one were to go back to Victorian times and electricity had never been invented and everything would be run off of steam,” says Kevin Krantz, director of the Lafayette Science Museum. “There’s a lot of gears and spectacles and theatrics that go with it.”
“Makers” are diverse innovators, many of which come to make their own work, designs, inventions and dreams.
“The Makers Fair is a little more steeped in the sciences and reality,” adds Krantz. “Whereas we bring on schools, institutions and individuals who have a penchant for technical stuff for inventions and things like that. We are more focused on the people who make things and the people who make industry.”
For those looking to take a trip back in time, the Steampunk and Makers Fair hosts inventors, aficionados, and newcomers who are interested in all things piston-powered and steam-engineered. Part costume play, part something entirely new, the fair is an all-ages festival that showcases and celebrates science, education, technology, art, and mathematics in Downtown Lafayette. So bring your favorite goggles and don your steam-powered suits for this unique event.
The Festival will feature live performance, including robotics, music, food, vendors and contests of all kinds including fashion, literary, beards, liars and storytellers demonstrations.
The Steampunk & Makers Fair will be held from Saturday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 6, starting at 10 a.m. at Parc International and the Lafayette Science Museum in Downtown Lafayette. Admission is $5. For more information, visit SteampunkandMakersFair.org.