Contributing to the Asylum

Would you like to contribute to the Asylum’s day programme?

For the VSS, steampunk has always been about creativity.  The imagination and skill of individual steampunks is central to the entire sub culture.  At the Asylum we love to celebrate this and make it a showcase to share the excellent.

We are always looking for talks, presentations and features.  If you would like to join in then we would love to hear from you. The day programme is eclectic and varied; from author readings to poetry workshops, maker master classes to historical lectures, wacky racers to crazy games and displays.

We are looking for:

  1. Maker demonstrations and presentations (not join in workshops) for the Maker’s zone.
  2. Talks, presentations, features and lectures etc for the main venue (Assembly Rooms) and the literary and gaming venue
  3. Static display features etc for the daytime in the Castle
  4. Smaller castle features (e.g. button hunt, teddy bears picnic etc)
  5. Arena display features for the Castle
  6. Street art features for the Bailgate and Castle Square areas.
  7. Kaffeeklatches – we have a new,  small, high quality venue where we can offer gatherings over tea and coffee and cakes or even breakfast or lunches. These can be great for “meet the author”, creative workshops, smaller presentations etc. (These would be prebooked.)

We are especially keen to expand our child-friendly content.   Whatever you think you can offer then please run it by us. Indoor display or feature space it at a premium.

Please fill out the submission form below.  Please try to be as clear and concise as you can.  Obviously as a voluntary organisation we love people to offer on the same basis we do (i.e. for free) but we do have some budget available for the right features. We can usually offer wristbands though as a thank you.  Please note that the “Cost” box should be a total charge.  Submissions with negotiable or £x plus travel expenses, etc., will be discarded. Sorry.

Please only submit a proposal if you are sure you can deliver it on the day.  Thank you once again for your interest.

Day Programme Submissions

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