International Steampunk Symposium
The International Steampunk Symposium (aka Steampunk Empire Symposium) started in April 2012 and has grown by leaps and bounds each year ever since. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio it is perfectly placed for central access from all over the United States, and many cross state borders and international borders for this annual gathering of ladies and gentlemen who commonly enjoy reenacting the future that never was!
Voted the Best Steampunk Convention in the Midwest, this three day festival offers all that you would expect from a fandom convention such as panels, workshops, guest speakers, vendors, music, dancing, and parties, but there’s even more.
The signature event of the Symposium is the Symposium Games, a sort of “Steampunk Olympics” in which Airships and Steampunk Groups from various cities come together to compete against each other in “gentlemanly” and somewhat “eccentric and extreme” games such as Tea Dueling, “Penny-Farthing” races, and the delightful RC Dirigible races which originated at the Symposium in 2012 and is now seen at various other Steampunk events. Indeed, the International Steampunk Symposium is an interactive weekend with some of the friendliest ladies and chaps that you shall ever meet.
Strange things are afoot in Cincinnati . . . sightings of white rabbits with pocket watches running around, girls all called Alice chasing after them, tea tables surrounded by “mad” hatters, and various other unearthly characters fussing about the place . . . some have claimed that tears are opening up in the fabric of time and space that separate us from other worlds, but the Mayor’s office has dismissed such claims as “Poppycock!”
Meanwhile The Pandora Society is busy organizing an expedition party of various airships and adventurers to venture into this other world, known as “Wonderland,” to investigate this whimsical anomaly . . . the expedition is set to leave on April 7th to 10th, 2016, and you are invited to join the adventure!