From Alternate Realities To Alter Egos: Why Are New Zealanders Obsessed With Steampunk?

Penny and Shaun Trousselet attend the Steampunk Festival 2024 in Oamaru. Photo / Dean Purcell
Penny and Shaun Trousselet attend the Steampunk Festival 2024 in Oamaru. Photo / Dean Purcell

The fashion, fantasy and future of a cultural calendar highlight.

In Ōamaru, the annual Steampunk Festival has become a highlight on the cultural calendar for thousands of New Zealanders, fusing the world of fashion, fantasy and the future. Fashion director Dan Ahwa heads down to investigate how one of the country’s sell-out events continues to attract local and international audiences, and whether a new generation is helping move it forward.

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