They’re back in black for second Gothic and Steampunk fair
Bradford’s Steampunk and Gothic Fair is back this Saturday, (December 10) raising funds for two deserving charities.
The fair goes on from noon to 5pm at the award-winning Brew Haus bar and Stein Bierkeller in Great Horton Road, alongside the Alhambra Theatre.
The events are held in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice, near Wetherby, and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which raises awareness of hate crime against people from alternative sub-cultures.
The first Steampunk Fair in September attracted enthusiasts from across the UK and raised £600 – to be split equally between the two charities.
With 25 stalls, spread over three floors, the December fair will feature a wide selection of both Steampunk and Gothic traders. Stalls will range from alternative arts, crafts and gifts to clothing, accessories and jewellery, soaps, candles and photographic prints.
Once again, there will be chance to indulge in a popular Steampunk pastime – known as Tea Duelling – which requires some creative sleight of hand involving a mug of tea and dunking biscuits.
Gothic-style poetry readings are back, with well-known local performance artists, Saul Cameron and Tasha Webster and open mic opportunities for any poets and musicians who’d like to take the stage. Tasha will perform her “fright night” poems, such as “Alice in Cyberland” and “Mr Wolf the Ladykiller” which she describes as “sort of Dr Seuss for Adults”. As well as his poetry reading, Saul Cameron will sign copies of his book “David Dracula”.
New to the authors’ corner is Craig Hallam an “Uber-geek and author from Yorkshire, who is summed up by his motto “Embrace the Weird”. His novels range from horror and Gothic fantasy to Steampunk adventure tales.
There will also be a book signing by Dawn Singh, writer of paranormal/fantasy novels and CEO of Follow This Publishing. Dawn is heavily influenced by Young Adult novels, sci-fi and fantasy, being a huge fan of the genres. Her books make up a trilogy –“Regina: The Monster Inside”, “Regina: The Darkness and Dead” and “Dead Normal”.
Renowned Bradford artist and author Razwan Al Haq returns to the December event to sign copies of his latest book “Sultan Vs Dracula”, which features a magic realism that Razwan describes as “Islamic Science-Fiction” and there will be musical entertainment from Goth songstress Emma Sharrocks.
A highly popular attraction from September, a vintage 1976 Mini Clubman Hearse, will be back outside the venue where visitors can snap a selfie in exchange for a charity donation. The 40-year-old classic car, affectionately named Phobia, will be brought to the event by Birstall undertaker Damon Schofield and his wife Su, both Goths and keen Steampunk enthusiasts
The Fairs are organised by Baildon-based Catherine Gilford of Purple Butterfly Jewellery (Goth name Lucrezia Raven) a regular stallholder at the BrewHaus Friday Night Markets.
She said: “We were absolutely over the moon at the support for the first event, both from the Goth and Steampunk stallholders and all the lovely Bradford folk who turned out to enjoy the day. It’s a great chance to find out a bit more about alternative cultures and browse through some fabulous creative work and maybe pick up some truly alternative Christmas gifts.
“As well as being able to raise funds for the amazing charities which are so close to my heart, I was really thrilled that the fair attracted enthusiasts from far and wide. We were able to give visitors a warm Bradford welcome and showcase what our city now has to offer – and we hope to see even more enthusiasts joining us this Saturday.”
“The fair, which was initially going to be a one-off, is now going to be an ongoing fixture on the Bradford calendar and we are already taking stall bookings for 2017.”
Entry is free but with donations to Martin House Hospice and Sophie Lancaster Foundation gratefully accepted. Stalls cost £20 with the fee donated directly to the charities.
For further information visit the Steampunk and Gothic Fair Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781202568776281/
To apply for a stall at future events email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up after the teenager’s tragic death to raise awareness of, and challenge, prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures. Sophie died in 2007 after she and her boyfriend were attacked as they walked home through a park in Bacup, Lancashire. The judge recognised Sophie’s murder as a hate crime because she was targeted for being a Goth.
• Martin House Hospice provides support for children with life-shortening conditions and their families.
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