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 for 2019 the gorgeous historic Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts will be part of the action. While the planning for 2019 is still in progress, we do know we’ll have the entertainment, tours, contests, workshops (and of course, tea!) that you’ve come to enjoy. All indicators are that 2019 will be even bigger and more exciting… we can’t wait to see you here!
Want to see what we did last Cogs & Corsets? View/download the 2018 event program.
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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).