Welcome to Cogs & Corsets
The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln. The galleries will be featuring local artists’ new work and even hosting visiting artists whose pieces exude that Steampunk vibe. The Museum of History will be the site of history presentations and our Tea Room, and one block away a stunning Tesla Coil demonstration will light the night. Enjoy dining, dancing, workshops (and a cabaret/burlesque show!) in restored buildings from the 1860s–1930s. The streets will be bustling with a costume contest, promenade, Splendid Teapot Races, and Makers’ Faire entries… we can’t wait to see you here!
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What is Steampunk?
Steampunk can be called “Victorian Science Fiction”.
It’s a re-imagining of history —Steampunkers are creative people who immerse themselves in the Victorian era, imagining what life would be like if the steam power of the Industrial Revolution fueled modern technology. It’s also a celebration of invention, the art of science woven into creative gadgets and costumes that recalls the elegance and romance of the Wild West and the Gilded Age coupled with the wonder of new inventions and technology to expand the possibilities of human existence (such as time travel).