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April 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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How do festivals shape generations? During this ii salon, Rachel Haywire will go over the past, present, and future of festivals while discussing their unique role in influencing the growth of society.
Festivals are a vibe shift. They represent a changing of the guards, in which a group of collaborators take the center stage and form a wider community. Entire families and companies begin with random encounters at festivals. From counterculture music events like Woodstock that defined an entire decade, to modern gatherings like Burning Man that influenced the aesthetic of both modern cities and subcultures, festivals offer an alternative to the status quo while kicking off a new set of values and ideas that spread to the mainstream.
Today, events like Hereticon are leading the charge for innovation in the tech world, while post-rationalist weirdos from Twitter are getting together for Vibecamp and bringing the very online to the very offline. From SXSW in Austin to Art Basel in Miami to Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Germany, festivals have a common element of a shared legacy that can only be understood by their organizers and participants.
What can we learn from the festivals of the past? Can online festivals ever compare to gatherings in the flesh? How do festivals build the foundations for new economies and religions? Let’s discuss the festivals we have organized, the festivals we have attended, the festivals we plan to attend, and the festivals that we would like to see in the future.