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Some people might view steampunk as crazy, outlandish or absurd – but those are the exact descriptions that draw people to the movement, Steampunk NZ Festival co-ordinator Anisha Lee says.

On February 1, tickets went on sale for the 10th annual Steampunk NZ Festival, to be held in Oamaru from May 30 to June 2.

Ms Lee said organisers expected steampunk fans from around New Zealand, and as far afield as Australia, the United States and United Kingdom to come to Oamaru for the festival.

“Since its humble beginnings in 2009, the Steampunk NZ Festival has developed into a thriving event that steampunkers from far and wide have marked on their calendars for their annual pilgrimage,” she said.

This year’s ticketed festivities include a nerf gun workshop, dance lessons, teapot racing, a mess dinner, dancetopia, a fashion show, hypnotism, a steampunk adventure, a gala ball and an indoor street party, dinner and dance.

Alongside the ticketed events there would also be markets, an op-shop tour, a parade and other activities, yet to be announced.

Ms Lee encouraged people who had never been to the festival to head along this year.

“If you haven’t yet dived into the steampunk scene, challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone, give the festival a try, and let your imagination take you to wild places,” she said.

Tickets for the festival are available at www.steampunk.org.nz