Good festivals build on people’s excitement, this is why so many events are designed around performers and their personalities. But there are lots of other excitements which are available.
As we have been talking about quinks more, people keep asking for examples – and especially what are common quinks? Things that don’t require the heroics of breaking a toxic relationship or the mastery of enlightenment.
Wolf suggested Quink books. Almost everyone has read a book that has changed their life in a way which they look back on positively now. These books hold a power and story for you and as organizers we want to bring that to our event.
On Friday Oct 1st at dinner we will have the participants of QuinkFair bring copies of their favorite books to dinner with the intention of discussing them, why they changed their lives and seeing if that is a message someone else in the group needs to hear.
We ask that people consider bringing a copy to give away. [If that’s not doable (financial challenges, difficulty finding a copy, etc) then you could also print the title and author on one side of a 3×5 index card and write why it was so important to you on the other side. We’ll take photos of these cards and share them on the QuinkFair blog, as well as on Facebook. ]
These are the three clear quink books for me and a sentence about what i took away from them:
That anarchist societies don’t make problems go away, they just shift how they are discussed and decided.
Was a compelling smack in the head about how my blindness to gender and racial inequity did not exempt me from at least learning about them and hopefully doing something about them.
This book taught me that a good author can have me crying by page 4. It showed exhausted heroes who looked a lot like people i loved. And it showed our type of consensus decision making in impossible situations sparking effective non-violent resistance.
What are the books that changed your life and why? Can you provide copies for others to learn the things you did and perhaps other important lessons?
QuinkFair is a transformation celebration borrowing from several festival cultures and striving to spark positive and healing experiences. It takes place on beautiful private land in rural Virginia in the town of Mineral on Oct 1 thru 4. Tickets are still available.
For some event participants this has been a lovely exercise, they get to go to their favorite used book store, shop for the books which help them become who they are and then bring them to the event and press them into the hands of someone who you hope has a similar strong resonance with the book.
When people ask me about funology i talk about this quasi-science’s testbeds or parties and festivals. Today i want to write about amusement parks.
Willow, his half brother Fabian, Hawina, Micha and Wieneke and i all went to the Dutch amusement park called the Efteling yesterday. We arrived early and closed the place. It was cold and gray, which it turns out is the perfect weather for going to this successful theme park, because there were virtually no lines on any of the rides. Fabian went on this boat ride 10 times, Willow went 8. My stomach could only handle 3.
The Efteling is a vibrant successful theme park with 4 million visitors a year employing 3,000 (mostly) locals at the height of the season. Part of what makes a theme park work is adding new attractions. This year is the 60th anniversary of the park and they added a new light and water show.
Sixty years ago (just 7 years after the second world war which devastated this country, the main port of Rotterdam had not yet been rebuilt) the park was built around the idea of showcasing fairytale stories. It has grown to a more classical theme park with roller coasters and other rides since then.
Twenty years ago what was then called EuroDisney was built at the staggering cost of US$4 billion). DisneyLand Paris (as it is now called) has lost money for almost every year of operation. Part of the reason is the 36 million Euros a month (about US$50 million) it must pay in interest for the original construction. But with 15 million visitors a year (more than either the famous Paris art museum the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower) DisneyLand Paris cant seem to turn this situation around. DisneyLand Paris employs in about the same visitor to employ ratio as the Efteling, with 12,000 staff.
There are lots of contributing factors beyond the crushing debt payments. One of the largest is alcohol. For almost 20 years Disney has banned alcohol at the park. The park is located in one of the best wine growing regions in France and the French simply refuse to eat without drinking. Thus the per visitor expenditures are well below what is forecasted. This November, after the CEO resigned, Disney is finally reversing this policy. The other reason often sited for the financial failing of this park is the interference by US decision makers at Disney in the operation of this European park.
As with so many ventures, the key to success is respecting the local culture.
All still photos credit Michael Engelhardt