Phantasmagoria performs at the Steampunk Industrial Show (Mount Dora Buzz file photo)
What happens when you combine Victorian costumes with innovative technology and the industrial age? To make it really interesting, add heaping spoonfuls of drama and fantasy. The result is Steampunk, a fantastical world where Albert Einstein, the wild west and Mad Max collide. Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show has grown to what is arguably the largest festival of its kind in the Southeast. The free event is set under the oak trees of Mount Dora and features some of the best people-watching in Central Florida. Goggled time-travellers stroll among the show’svintage vendors, steampunk entertainers, impressive live music and artists. The event takes place twice a year in January and October.
“Steampunk,” first coined in 1987, refers to the Victorian age of steam-powered machines melded with the “punk” attitude of non-conformity, creativity and unrestrained individuality. This increasingly popular science-fiction genre is present in art, music, fashion, film and especially literature. The family-friendly Steampunk Industrial Show runs October 17 through 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 US 441, Mount Dora. Watch the local entertainment calendar for the upcoming schedule of events. Parking and admission are free.
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