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Steamposium Is Canceled

Organizers of the Seattle steampunk convention cited low ticket sales

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The organizers of Steamposium announced late Tuesday that they have canceled the event. It was scheduled to take place Oct. 26-28 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. The announcement appeared on the event's website and Facebook page.

“We have done everything in our power to help bring this event to fruition, but unfortunately, with the low ticket purchases we are unable to make this event financially feasible,” the statement read. “. . .with growing attendee numbers over we had hoped for a late surge in ticket sales to help get us close to our financial needs to keep the event running. Unfortunately, this was not the case. We are working through the financial situation now. The venue has already taken most of the funds, and it is extremely unlikely that we will receive anything back.”

The organizers had lined up celebrity guests Sean Maguire, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, and Anna Hopkins, along with familiar steampunk faces such as Doc Phineas, Unwoman, and Frenchy and the Punk.

Update: Some folks in Seattle have set up a Steamposium Refugees Facebook group. The description: “Steamposium 2018 was just canceled, but Steampunks are still coming to Seattle with non-refundable flights and hotels. Vendors need to sell their stuff. Performers are ready. Let’s create solutions, find fun things to do together, and help each other out!”

Here’s a list of vendors who had planned to be there. Canceled events are tough for everyone involved, but especially the vendors who had to pay in advance for booth space and now won’t have an opportunity to sell. You can help them by buying stuff.

Editor’s note: This story was originally a preview of Steamposium. Elements of the original story (headline, description, etc.) may still appear in social media postings.

Photo: Adobe Stock. The photos that originally accompanied this story showed attendees from Steamposium 2017. They were taken by Britany Quinn and used by permission of Steamposium.

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