Aethertopia, the Nomadic City of Steampunk Makers, is coming to Tampa Bay on July 7th and 8th! A family-friendly, immersive weekend of sharing and staring as the most amazing Steampunk creations in history await you!
Tickets for this indoor, air conditioned event will be on sale soon. Despite the enormous size of Aethertopia, much of the space will be dedicated to displays, workshops and performances. Do not hesitate to get your tickets when they become available! Early-Bird pricing is guaranteed!
What is Aethertopia?
In the year 1895, I had the incredibly good fortune to stumble upon a crashed airship! On board was a small group of intrepid adventurers who had mastered Time Travel! Using their knowledge, I was able to construct a time travel device of sufficient power and proportions that I was capable of transporting an entire city… through time itself!
Aethertopia is that city. Within its borders you will find the Seven Maker Guild Districts, each dedicated to a different skill of Steampunk making. There are Hatters, Explorers, Story Tellers, Inventors, Seamsters, Artists, and even Assassins! And the beautiful part is you, a person of your time, can join a Guild by submitting their own creations to become part of the show!
A Unique Event
Aethertopia is like no other event ever held in the Steampunk universe. In addition to presentations by artists, musicians, writers and actors of all kinds, you will also have the opportunity to attend symposiums and workshops to help you advance your own creative endeavors as a Steampunk maker! This event is highly interactive, with everyone in attendance being a part of the atmosphere and experience. There will also be functions that carry over from Saturday to Sunday, so be sure you make plans to attend both days! And if you want to get the most from your weekend at Aethertopia, lock in your Premier Passes today!
And if you will be staying for the weekend, be sure you sign up for the Steampunk Banquet to be held on site on Saturday evening. You won’t want to miss this formal event held in a Victorian style venue, right behind the main city!
But who shall win?
The people who are submitting their creations are doing so for the glory and honor of their Guilds, but as well, individual prizes will be awarded in several categories. There are actually two ways to win in Aethertopia: The Judges Awards, and the People’s Choice Awards.
Three celebrity judges will be roaming the event for the weekend, taking notes, comparing creations, and deciding from their expert maker experiences which creations deserve top honors. But that’s not the only way to win.
Bring your friends and family members along, because the People’s Choice Awards will also be open to any and all submitted creations, and those will be based on a ballot system we have utilized over the years for voting in the Guilds themselves. Now, it’s your turn to come in and support your favorite makers in each of the seven Maker Guild categories!
What makes this event even more special is that we will be donating all of the proceeds from our Maker Guild Submissions to the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa... it is a beautifully restored and meticulously maintained 500 room hotel, complete with a museum, gardens… and a whole university! There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient of our submission fees than an institution that keeps the Victorian era alive 365 days a year!
The Seven Districts of Aethertopia
Prepare to immerse yourself in a classic London streetmarket of the Victorian era. Winding paths lead you through the many districts, with shops tucked in corners, or plopped right in the middle of the street! Peruse the delightful Hatters district, sit and drink tea while listening to Steampunk authors read passages from their work, stroll down Regents Park, where you can get your picture taken, or explore the dark recesses of the Assassins District, where Assassins Guild members will make sure you are safe… for now.
You will want to take in the exhibits in all seven districts, and vote for your favorite creations. Aethertopia is all about recognizing and appreciating the genius of Steampunk makers. This is your chance to perhaps launch someone’s career as an artist, writer, seamster or hatter. They deserve our support. We won’t let them down.
The Aether Pavillion
At the center of the Seven Guild Districts is the Aether Pavillion. This presentation is made inside a special big top venue, constructed especially for showcasing the brilliant works of our Guild Masters, and our celebrity judges. These creations will give you an idea of just how far you can take your own art. And the esteemed makers who create these works won’t be up on some stage for a 30 minute Q&A… they’ll be right down on the floor of the show answering your questions, or perhaps even giving workshops and symposiums on how they make their magic!
But Where Will It Be?
We have locked in the temporal coordinates for the only venue in Tampa big enough to hold the entire city of Aethertopia… the Entertainment Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds! This enormous air conditioned venue is just perfect for this event, as it is larger than a football field, provides easy access from major highways, ample parking for any and all at a very reasonable price, and not two, not three, but FOUR hotels within walking distance of the Greatest Show in History! And we are getting special pricing deals put together for our Guests and Makers who are coming from out of the area and want to stay for both days!
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to the Nomadic City of Steampunk Makers before they disappear!
Safe journeys, and we’ll see you in Aethertopia!