OpenSim Fest 2019 scheduled for March

(Image courtesy OpenSim Fest.)

From The Ashes Of AvatarFest, OpenSim Fest Rises

AvatarFest has been a creative effort which has celebrated the people of OpenSim for years, and AvatarFest 2018 was its final year. In the spirit of this incredible yearly festival, OpenSim Fest begins with our first festival starting in March 2019.

(Image courtesy OpenSim Fest.)

What is OpenSim Fest?

“From the ashes of AvatarFest it is with great pleasure we would like to announce OpenSim Fest rising like a phoenix. OpenSim Fest is the celebration of the strength and diversity of the hypergrid user community. For the community, by the community. The format, the idea and the aims of OpenSim Fest will stay true to AvatarFest and we hope to be worthy custodians for Han and Eryn.”

“We do not represent corporations, companies nor grids – we are the customers, users, builders and dreamers who live out here, sharing our dreams and creations with one another.”

OpenSim Fest Weekend and beyond

There are two parts to the festival, the first is the weekend of live performances on the OpenSim Fest grid on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March 2019. and secondly you will be able to visit the region via the hypergrid to see the exhibits until the 6th April 2019. Nearer the time of the festival a full schedule will be posted and pages will be posted to the site with a full list of performers and exhibitors.

If you have been an exhibitor or performer and have anything on the festival region or in your grid avatar inventory you will need to export or transfer it by the 20th April 2019. All the grid databases, the region, website and grid accounts will be deleted on the 21st April 2019. The only thing that will remain throughout the year will be the main website as we will be using that each year.”

How can you be a part of OpenSim Fest 2019?

Creative Builders & Artists: There are build and display areas waiting to be filled with unique creations! Please speak to Leighton Marjoram at [email protected] or Bill Blight at [email protected] to reserve yours and receive guidelines information.

Live Performers, Live DJs: Performing Artists, including live musicians and DJs, please contact Cataplexia Numbers at [email protected]

Spoken Word Storytellers & Poets: Poets and storytellers contact Leighton Marjoram at [email protected] or Cataplexia Numbers at [email protected]

Exhibitors, performers and volunteers will be asked to join our Discord server so we can communicate easier. Discord is a very useful real time collaboration tool and there is a desktop app you can download.

We encourage all to participate and be a part of the community festival.

You can come by and visit us at this weekend’s OpenSim Community Conference, in Expo region 5, Booth number 26 if you would like to ask us any questions or sign up as an contributor to OpenSim Fest.

Finally, the grid will be open to the hypergrid so anyone can come and then in January 2019 the region will be restricted to builders (then the builds will a surprise at the fest in March).

 

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Leighton Marjoram

Leighton Marjoram is the founder of the Out and Proud grid, an LGBTQ student virtual world researcher, online counsellor, activist and author of the HG Traveller blog.