White Night eclipses SLFestival
Well, today's eco-creative exhibition went over well. Those who came stayed for a while and enjoyed the material and visual exhibits. The turn-out was a little quieter than we had expected, but we had a number of overseas visitors which was good to see. Will be posting a You Tube video of the exhibition in due course.
After our exhibition we did a bit of a jaunt around town, a few of us, to check out Melbourne's first White Night festival (2013), first of all up to the State Library to hear the sweetest youth choir our ears had ever been graced with. The singers wore purple roses and managed bird calls, exquisite whistles, and sounds. It was really quite esoteric ... the musical arranging that is. The Exaudi Youth Choir (Night Songs) did our city proud.
Then downtown we went to hear more music and witness some of the various light shows where the city buildings were illuminated in artistic patterns. It has to be said, you had never seen our city streets full to brimming with people milling along at a snails pace, as there was no going anywhere in a hurry. Every street was a sea adrift with people, as you would see at a protest march, except you would turn the corner and there was yet another protest march, except there was n't a feeling ... of protest but of eager anticipation. You felt that the image of the crowds had been superimposed, as in a computer generated image, like the computer light images placed around every second street. It was just so surreal.
So it is correct to say that the final weekend of the Sustainable Living Festival has been eclipsed by those out looking for free evening entertainment and culture, and it's a tad difficult to compete with over 300,000 people. And as for the cars ... well, hmm... they were not a patch on the crowds. Anyone in a car may just as well have given up ! It's no surprise too that the word 'tram' rhymes with cram and ram (ram referring to pushing through the cars I mean).
Hope to have some footage of our exhibition up in a video, soon, but first, have to let the White Night effect wear off first!
There is a festival that is most fine, which is underway in Melbourne and we trouped along to the Market Day yesterday and were happy to see some of the organisations we know well there, including the Thin Green Line (helping rangers who protect wildlife in some of the most dangerous parts of the world), Fifteen Trees (revegetating rural Victoria), Friends of the Earth and so on and so forth. I had a lentil burger with homemade tomato sauce - delish.
Our preparations for the Get Eco Creative Exhibition next weekend have taken up a lot of personal time, and hence there hasn't been much written on here. We are all volunteers for this Festival so it's nice when people get acknowledged.
Huge thanks must go to Master Andrew Ioannidis, artist (architect and musician) without whom I would be having huge hissy fits, by now! And as of yesterday, the Get Ec0-Creative Exhibition is coming together, much more smoothly than anticipated.
Hope to see you there next Saturday or Sunday 23-24 February, from 11am to 5.30 Space 39, upstairs 39 Little Collins St Melb. It's a visual and conceptual exhibition as to how we express our green messages.
Eco-comedy video competition
Just a short post to inform readers of this link
It's a video competition for a 3 minute (original, non-subsidised) video which has to be humorous and convey a clear message about climate change (or the purported denial thereof).
The deadline is early March.
See also blog labels: educational videos and humour in green message, there are some posts containing some humourous videos there.
For more discussion on this topic, go to Resources webpage.
Speaking of eco-comedy and eco-screening, one campaign idea of mine is that we lobby TV and film show producers to include green content in their productions. It could be as subtle as a green product placement or the green content could become part of the plot-line, as with Brothers and Sisters (Sarah and her green start-up company, Norah and her huge garage sale etc etc).
Contributors to Converse Conserve.Com
Nicolle K., Peter Nesbit, (cartoonist) Chris Palmer (film-maker), Jackie Eco (comedienne),
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