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Newark is the new venue for Lincoln's Steampunk festival as authorities warn of risks

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The world’s largest steampunk festival ­— which usually attracts more than 100,000 people ­— has moved to Newark after previously being held in Lincoln.

It will now take place at various venues in and around Newark for an alternative August Bank Holiday event.

The castle, Market Place and Kelham Hall will host features, exhibitions, talks, workshops, markets and performances, with a shuttle bus for visitors to easily enjoy both locations.

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Steampunks (2987123)

Organiser, Ministry Of Steampunk, is working closely with Newark authorities and nationally because of coronavirus.

Festival director John Naylor said: “Steampunk is a very attractive and welcoming scene but this brings with it an audience over which we have no direct control. The obvious benefits of these visitors are entirely to the local tourism economy. As a volunteer based arts organisation this left us in an untenable position.

“We cannot control who comes to the streets of Lincoln and were therefore advised that we should not run the Asylum Steampunk Festival in Lincoln this year.

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Steampunks (2987123)

“We are delighted to announce the festival is instead being welcomed by Newark and Sherwood District Council and will now be going to the delightful and historic town of Newark-on-Trent.”

Lincoln councils and the BIG said in a joint statement: “Lincoln BIG, county council and the city council understand and appreciate the current challenges around organising what is both a national and international event in the city, due to the impact of the covid pandemic.

“We therefore very much look forward to working with the organisers to ensure a triumphant return to the Bailgate/Uphill area in the summer 2022 when we will hopefully be beyond all restrictions and we can all enjoy and celebrate the amazing creativity that Steampunk brings to the city.”

Steampunk said they hope to return to Lincoln when they are welcome again.

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