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Ministry of Steampunk Reveals Online Program for Sanctuary Festival

Friday, August 28, 2020
Sanctuary Guests
Photos (clockwise from upper left): Feline Lang of Feline & Strange (photo by Roger Steen), Christoph Klemke of Feline & Strange (photo by lichttakt), Alice Strange (photo by Gary Nicholls), Madam Misfit, Victor Sierra (photo by Mark Bestford), Karen J. Carlisle (photo by David Ruwoldt), Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Frenchy and the Punk.

The Ministry of Steampunk has big plans for Sanctuary, the online event happening this weekend in place of the Asylum Steampunk Festival. One highlight will be Friday night’s Steampunkavision, featuring performances by Madam Misfit, Captain Kuppa T, Lindsey Tutt & Zingaro Blue, Frenchy and the Punk, Scarlet Butterfly, Violet Hugh, Victor and the Bully, Feline and Strange, and Victor Sierra. It begins at 8 p.m. British Summer Time (UTC+01) and runs through midnight.

Other musical acts this weekend include The Cogkneys and Alice Strange (formerly Alice’s Night Circus). The program also includes teapot racing along with presentations on literature, costuming, prop-making, crafting, and cooking. Guest authors include Carolina Cardona, Karen Carlisle, Raven Dane, Keith W. Dickinson, Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Gary Nicholls, Steve Turnbull, and Nils Visser.

The event will have a real-world component at Kelham Hall & Country Park near Newark, UK with a picnic, promenade, and merchants.

Content will stream on YouTube and the Sanctuary Facebook page. Some videos will be archived on YouTube, but other content will be viewable only during the festival. The Facebook page will also have live feeds from the real-world event at Kelham Hall.

Schedules for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are posted on the Facebook page. Times are all UTC+01. Subtract 5 hours for U.S. Eastern Time and 8 hours for Pacific Time.

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