More about the Program


Utility Kinetic Insect is a larger than life mutant kinetic electric insect vehicle with a wing span of 6 metres. She lights up and moves in response to music and the crowd.

We are very excited to be able to bring UKI to Tasmania – it’s a first, and an awesome experience in motion, sound, and light that will inspire and embrace you.

UKI will awaken at 11am and keep a watchful eye over festival goers throughout the day.

But by night, UKI truly stuns and amazes. Her true colours shine, and the airship will rock.

Our night sailing will commence at 5.30pm when our DJ activates her sound deck and brings the night to life. Tickets for the Night Sailing can be purchased on the website and cost is $20. Or better still, you can purchase a Day/Night Sailing ticket  for $30.

About UKI:

Utility Kinetic Insect, is a combination of art and technology - an amalgamation of the mechanical and the organic.

UKI is a mutant insectoid 4x4 with an exposed metallic exoskeleton and aerodynamic wings that span more than six metres. She was inspired by the resilient biological life in the harsh Australian outback. Throughout her wings and body are LED arrays highlighting the majestic aspects of her overall design, and popping with colour and sound when activated. Stimulated by her immediate environment, UKI moves with lifelike motion, responding with rhythmic music and light and welcoming interaction from passers-by.

Her wing span is nearly 6 metres with pulsing lights and a surround sound system built in.

She is powered by batteries recycled from cell-phone towers and built on a modified chassis from a four wheel drive using actuators from agricultural flood gates. She can move at speeds of up to 16 kph.

UKI flew to Burning Man in Nevada where she was crowned with the award of excellence, and also attended the Global Eclipse Gathering in Oregon in 2017. She has also featured at White Night Melbourne 2018.


About Callan Morgan:

Callan Morgan, lead artist of UKI and founder of non-profit collective Make Mob, draws inspiration from the natural environment and bio-mimicry. Make Mob combines professionals from multiple fields to produce passion-driven projects, facilitating collaboration that blends art with technology to create incredible and awe-inspiring art. The results are large-scale projects that inspire and blow people’s minds, and make them look forward to the future.

Maurice's Symphony - A Steampunk Film

This is a beautiful story told in a 30 minute film produced by Alex Nakone Films Pty Ltd in South Australia and not to be missed.

We are delighted to have acquired the licence to bring this film to Tasmania for the first screening here.

Maurice’s Symphony will be screened throughout the day, commencing with the first session at 11.15 am in the Airship Ponrabbel Boilertrumpet. Admission is free.

Set in a dilapidated Steampunk world of old buildings, steam powered machinery and odd ball characters, Maurice’s journey to regain his hearing is both challenging and heart-warming, as he comes to terms with a life filled with possibility of love, joy and independence.

Maurice’s Symphony is inspired by a true story. It was created by Dr Alex Nakone and Andrei Gostin in partnership with Can:DO 4Kids. It tells the story of a young man, Maurice Matters, a brilliant flute player who is labelled ‘deaf and dumb’ because he suffers hearing loss from otoschlerosis, which it is believed Beethoven himself may have suffered.

It was created on a budget of just $55,000. It was three years in the making, and has received multiple nominations including for the highly competitive category of Best Short Film at the South Australian Screen Awards.

Costumes for Maurice’s symphony were designed and created by Hannah Sitters who won the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank award in 2015 presented to the most outstanding graduate from Flinders University Honours Degree in Creative Screen Art. She then went on to win a place studying production design at NIDA.

The film was nominated along with 4 other films for the highly coveted South Australian Screen Awards Best Short Film award in 2017, and production designer Pip Strachan won best production design for the film.

It was also selected in the Rose City 7th annual Steampunk Film festival and was screened in Portland, Oregon in 2017.

The ensemble cast is made up of actors both with and without disabilities and features Rachael Leahcar (The Voice finalist), members from No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and the Tutti Ensemble (Adelaide). South Australian born Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby, Gallipoli) stars in the short film as Mr Gordon Ferk, the cantankerous foreman of the factory where Maurice suffers an industrial accident and ends up in hospital, where he goes through a life changing surgical procedure, restoring his hearing. The Gala screening was in Adelaide in 2016.

STEAMPIRE GAMES OF REALM 25 – The Metachromic Confabulum

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Cogsmob Flashmob Dance

So…….you’ve laced your corsets, pulled on your boots, donned your top hats and got yourselves to Steampunk Tasmania Festival and entered Realm 25 ... Suddenly, you hear the strains of Ruby and the Red Spinners playing Old Joe’s Bar Room and people begin to appear around you and start to dance. What's going on?

It's a Steampunk Cogsmob Flashdance!

The essence of a flashmob is a large group of people suddenly assembling in a public place to perform an unusual act for a brief period of time before dispersing quickly as if nothing had happened.  Some flashmobs are meant to entertain, while others are purely for artistic expression.  Still other flashmobs are purely for the enjoyment of the participants, as they watch the reactions of those around them.

Want to be involved?

Grab all your friends, and get ready to participate in the inaugural Steampunk Cogsmob Flashdance!

To learn the Flashdance, follow our video clip here, practice as though no-one is watching, remember the tune and join in on the day…….

Steampunk Grand Fashion Parade

Fashion is one of the hallmarks of Steampunk and one of the easiest ways to display your creativity, look fabulous and join in the fun and whimsy of Steampunk.



So why not enter……….


The Steampunk Tasmania 2018 Grand Parade of Fashion will be the fashion event of the Realm.

We have four celebrity judges and cash prizes will be awarded in three categories.

The Parade is open to ladies, gentlemen and children, and entrants will be judged on demonstrated skill in artistic interpretation of the Steampunk genre, and one’s creative recycling, re-using and repurposing of ‘stuff’.


Entry to the Parade is free, and can be submitted online, or on the day before 12noon.

The Parade will commence at 2.30pm in the Airship Ponrabbel Boiler Trumpet. Ladies will parade first, followed by gentlemen, followed by children. There will then be a Grand Parade of all.


How To Steampunk your Costume…..

There are several tips to help you understand the genre and get started when creating your steampunk costume:

·        There is no right or wrong. Steampunk is all about how you interpret your character and use whatever is available.

·        Recycled and re-used clothing put together in any manner you choose is just fine.

·        Sure there is usually an historical aspect to your creation, usually relating to the Victorian era, and this sometimes helps when getting started. But you don’t have to stay with this era; just reference it slightly and you’ll be on the right track

·        Science fiction often plays a part – just image something Victorian, re-used in a futuristic and imaginative way

·        Steampunk followers are generous spirited and participate for the joy and satisfaction of creating – you will be welcomed and complimented whatever your outfit!!


There are multiple websites, Pinterest and Instagram pages to inspire you. Just try searching in your favourite social media platform or websearch for Steampunk fashion, and be amazed at the variety and simplicity of creating a steampunk costume.



We have four judges for the Grande Fashion Parade at this year’s festival – Mr Greg Leong, Ms Michelle O’Byrne MP, Ms Grace Roberts and Mr Jye Marshall


Mr Greg Leong-

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Hong Kong born Greg Leong has postgraduate qualifications in the arts – Master of Philosophy (drama) (Hong Kong), Graduate Diploma Arts Administration (Westminster University) as well as a Master of Fine Art and Design University of Tasmania, where he ran the Launceston Textiles Studio for 4 years.


Greg was General Manager of Theatre North at the Princess Theatre and currently its Artistic Director. Previously he was Director at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

In his early practice as an artist (late 80s) he specialised in costume, using elaborately decorated garments as a signifier for cultural identity. His cabaret, Jia, was performed in Hobart, Launceston, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin. He has exhibited in Asia and throughout the United Kingdom. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Constance Howard Centre for Textile Research (London), the State art galleries of New South Wales, the Northern Territories, Tasmania and South Australia as well as regional public collections.


Ms Michelle O’Byrne MP-


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Michelle is Deputy Leader of The Tasmanian Labor Party and Shadow Minister for Education and the Early Years Innovation and the Digital Economy, equality and Women and Prevention of Family Violence. Michelle was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 1998 until 2004 and has been in the Tasmanian Parliament since 2006.

During this period Michelle served as a senior Minister for 8 years and as Deputy Labor Leader since 2014.

A former National co convener of Emily’s List, Michelle had worked to increase the number of women in Parliament and been responsible for delivering significant legislative reform for women.

A proud product of the public education system Michelle and her partner live in Launceston with their two teenage daughters.
Michelle is currently the Australian Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians who work to increase women’s participation in political processes globally.

Michelle participated in the Festival last year and enjoys Steampunk’s literary side.


Ms Grace Roberts -

    Grace in her role as Sharla Smith in the production ‘Killer Joe’  (Courtesy of The Examiner Newspaper)


Grace in her role as Sharla Smith in the production ‘Killer Joe’ (Courtesy of The Examiner Newspaper)

Grace is a past graduate of the theatre course and now works not only at the University of Tasmania but in the Launceston industry. She recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts in post-dramatic theatrical design and scenography, focussing on audience placement within a design.

Grace’s other involvements in the industry include: Production manager for Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble, she recently acted in Three River Theatre’s Killer Joe, and also has worked on several productions in Launceston as a makeup designer/artist. 

She is also co-artistic director of IO Performance along with her partner Chris Jackson. 

Grace’s first passion is theatre, but she also enjoys acrylic painting, drawing and freelance photography in her ‘spare time’.



Mr Jye Marshall

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Jye Marshall has had a passion for fashion for a long time now. It started as a hobby but now has become more of a career that he would like to pursue. Jye is a George Town local, having spent his life here at Low Head. Jye also has an interest in TV presenting/ Acting; In 2016 he got the job as a TV presenter for a kids program called Get Arty. Jye is completing foundation courses in fashion design and construction at TasTAFE, but has already designed and created stunning garments. Jye has started his own label – Jye and I and won several national and state awards for his work. Jye worked at the MONA FOMA 2018 festival in the ‘Onsies’ Department.