So, what is Louisiana’s World Steampunk Exposition and Makers Fair, you ask? We like to think of it as a trade show and celebration for the inventive and creative with a love for all things Victorian and Science Fiction thrown in for good measure. Louisiana’s World Steampunk Exposition and Makers Fair is patterned off the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair or the 1884 World Cotton Exposition that was held in New Orleans. At these events, nation’s from around the world exhibited in their own showcases or pavilions. Each year the World Steampunk Exposition will be uniquely themed as a representation of a showcase that is set in a steampunk alternate Universe.
For 2025, the theme for Louisiana’s World Steampunk Exposition will be Sherlock Holmes and the Terror in Whitechapel. Steampunk Sherlock Holmes is a genre of fiction that combines the classic detective stories of Sherlock Holmes with the aesthetic of the steampunk genre. This often includes a reimagining of the Victorian era with a mix of science fiction and fantasy elements. The stories often feature Holmes and Watson using steampunk-inspired gadgets and inventions to solve their cases. The stories may also feature a variety of steampunk-inspired characters, settings, and themes.
The Second biennial Louisiana’s World Steampunk Exposition and Makers Fair will be held March 21 to March 23, 2025 at Home2 Suites at Parc Lafayette in Lafayette, LA. The event will be open from 5:00 PM to midnight on Friday March 21; 10:00 AM to Midnight on Saturday March 22; and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday March 23, 2025.
Making things has been around a long time but the Makers Movement is modern. MAKERS are diverse innovators – many come and make and showcase their own work, designs, inventions. By definition, then, most in the steampunk community are also makers. Makers are people who create things, often using technology and tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines. They often work in maker spaces, which are shared workspaces where makers can collaborate and share resources. Makers are often involved in the maker movement, which is a movement that encourages people to create and innovate.