This Friday, November 13, until Monday, November 16,Â AvatarFestÂ celebrates the strength and diversity ofÂ the hypergrid community. With more than 10 live performances andÂ over 15 exhibits this festival showcases the wide variety ofÂ talents from across the hypergrid.
For example, â€œImmersive Edgeâ€ is a hypergrid story and adventureÂ game in OpenSim. It is â€œmerging storytelling within a virtualÂ landscapeâ€ that authors can explore, and visitors can interactÂ with.
Torben Asp will perform live on the last day of the festival,Â to share with us his wonderful electronic sounds and visualÂ effects. Together with live singers Rosy o’Grady and AndremusÂ Miklos they form a solid base for the line-up of musical
performances and DJ sets.
This hypergrid expose would not be complete without theÂ contribution of the role-playing community. With “AnyoneÂ can roleplay”, Jamie Anna Wright provides a low barrierÂ of entry to experience the fun of role-playing in virtualÂ worlds.
Timber Wolfeâ€™s display features a a small snapshot of a NativeÂ Anerican Indian village. The village is part of the NativeÂ American Indian library â€œliving history,â€ a grid set in theÂ 1800â€™s South-West USA.
To further quench that cultural thirst there will be storytellingÂ by the Seanchai Library, and the Avatar Repertory Theater willÂ be performing a selection of scenes from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
The performance will take place in the theater on the exhibitionÂ grounds.
“WeÂ will present a theatrical entertainment based on Shakespeareâ€™s HamletÂ called ‘The Hamlet Thing’ in a fairly minimalist style that suitsÂ the black-box theater we will use,” saidÂ Emil Jennings, actor and organizer with ART.
The festival, initiated by Han Held, was sparked by worries aboutÂ the loss of OpenSim core developers in 2015. It is non-commercialÂ and centers around the end-user: The builders, the dreamers andÂ the party-people of the hypergrid.
â€œWhen I put out the idea, I expected to be alone on a bare region,â€Â Han Held said. â€œBut it’s been amazing, the community came forward toÂ donate land, expertise and volunteering time. I feel that the way weÂ came together, and the talent that shared generously with us, says aÂ lot about how vital our community out here is!â€
The full list of exhibitors and performances — as well as the scheduleÂ –Â can be found on the website at http://avatarfest.net/.
For the festival, a dedicated hypergrid-enabled grid has been setÂ up, and all avatars are welcome to visit starting Friday,Â November 13, at 9 a.m. Pacific atÂ avatarfest.net:6000.
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