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Steampunk comes to Leicester

New Year event celebrating a Victorian science fiction future set to be hosted in Leicester.

Amy Johnson in the Kings Hall

A society responsible for running the world’s largest Steampunk festival has confirmed that it will be hosting a very special New Year event in Leicester. The Victorian Steampunk Society welcomed over 11,000 people to a Festival in the historic city of Lincoln in August and it is anticipated that the New Year event will bring hundreds of new visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire.

Steampunk was described by IBM’s Social Trend Register as the biggest impact in fashion, retail and marketing of 2014, with the subculture taking roots in art, literature and culture throughout the globe. Taking influences from the steam powered technology of Victorian era, adding a dash of science fiction and a pinch of time travel, the community believe in splendid manners, stunning outfits and afternoon tea.

Leicester Shire Promotions has worked with the event organisers to bring this four-day event to the city, which will be based in the most apt Victorian surroundings of the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel.

The event will take place from 30 December 2016 to 2 January 2017, with event goers enjoying a number of workshops and activities, a New Year’s Eve gala ball and will also discover more about the fascinating 2,000-year history of Leicester on a guided tour.

John Naylor, event organiser, said: “Leicester was a perfect location for us to look at, as it is in the heart of the UK, has great transport links and lots of fabulous attractions to include for our event goers. When we saw the King’s Hall in The Grand Hotel, we knew this was the venue for us. We hope the city has enough space for us to grow year on year, if our Lincoln Festival is anything to go by.”

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions, added: “We are delighted to have attracted the Victorian Steampunk Society Annual New Year’s Eve event to Leicester and that they have selected Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel as the venue for the event. The New Year’s gala ball fits perfectly in the grand, Victorian surroundings of the Kings Hall and I hope that they enjoy seeing in the New Year in Leicester.”

James Conaghan, General Manager of the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel said: “We are delighted that the Victorian Steampunk Society has chosen our great city and us at the Grand Hotel as the venue for their New Year celebrations. We look forward to welcoming them and ensuring that they have a fantastic time.”