With gear and cylinder: Steampunk celebrates its premiere in Chemnitz | Free press

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Chemnitz. Nothing went on in the parking lot after noon, the industrial museum had already counted up to 1000 visitors around 1.30 p.m.: The first steampunk event in the facility on Zwickauer Strasse turned into a visitor magnet on Sunday. Although both inside the museum and outside due to the …

Chemnitz. Nothing went on in the parking lot after noon, the industrial museum had already counted up to 1000 visitors around 1.30 p.m.: The first steampunk event in the facility on Zwickauer Strasse turned into a visitor magnet on Sunday. Although only 300 people were allowed into the museum and outside due to hygiene requirements, there were still no waiting times, said spokeswoman Claudia Wasner.

Steampunk celebrates its premiere in Chemnitz. The English word is made up of steam, in German steam, and punk, which is intended to emphasize the freedom and otherness of steampunk fans. Behind this is a retro-futuristic movement that is at home in the era of industrialization, but, like Jules Verne, thinks into the future. Her time-traveling followers dress like in Victorian times with top hats, frock coats and high collars, the women often wear dresses or skirts with petticoats and corsets, but they can also be on the road as technology-loving pilots, for example.

The program in Chemnitz, which will be shown until 6 pm, is organized by the Meissen association “With gear and cylinder”, whose members have dedicated themselves to steampunk, as well as various bands who performed Steamfolk. Another characteristic of steampunk are the makers or hobbyists. It is important to them to build something new that can be operated analogously and set in motion, explained Jens Mahlow, treasurer of the association. These include, for example, a steam bike and a time travel machine built by the Nautilaus project, the so-called Nautilaus, which can be viewed on the grounds of the industrial museum. (hfn)

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