Thursday, May 27, 2010

Maintaining Human Scale in large Public Events

It seems to me that when I attend large folk events, concerts as well as festivals that there is such an emphasis on profit that there are fewer and fewer opportunities to hear music in a venue, stage that is of human proportions.

Don't you think that stages with no amplification serving a maximum of 30 or so could be constructed and managed within even large events?

The proximity of a performer- as it would be in an extended family setting is part of the essence of the cultural activity as a whole is it not? Perhaps if the scale were more human and ordinary then people would be influenced bring folk production into their less than spectacularly huge homes lacking in amplification>?

What do you think....?

Welcome to the Center For Fawkesian Pursuits Real Folk Blog


Somewhere between the world of capitol ism and the world of the folklorist wishing to let things run their course without intervention there is the world of Real Folk. It is an alternative, a balance to things commercial. More than an alternative it is a partner- simply the other side of the same spectrum.

The Center for Fawkesian Pursuits has evolved from a Bonfire Society to an organization that promotes Real Folk. We like to think of it as "Self Help" folklife. We believe that as custodians of folkloric treasures: artifacts, techniques, and celebrations we must provide a strong link between real people and folklore.

While professionals and archives are strong links in the chain that preserves and helps extend folk productions they are at the same time the weakest links. Libraries are destroyed and the last surviving few professionals and experts die out.

To complete the chain the Center for Fawkesian Pursuits proposes that the third and most neglected link in the chain is that of the folklore that lives in the minds, hearts and acts of ordinary people. This one of the most important ways that our folkloric legacies have weathered the centuries.

It is important that our mission is not confused with conservativism which blocks all change and growth. Quite the countrary. Living folk traditions are forever growing an adapting in addition to carrying forward the treasures of our legacies.

The CFFP is also in action. We design and conduct "self help" folkloric events and make our research available freely on line as best we can. We open our doors to everyone. We have successfully removed financial transactions from these cultural practices. While we rely on self help we realize that our methods are worthy and correct. After all entire communities have come from barn raisings and cultures have long benefitied via self help activities such as covered dish dinners and music at the crossroads. Trully ticketless events.

Everyone can and should take part. Not just paid professionals.

All will benefit. When folklore comes out of the books and away from limited states and media venues and into the hearts and minds of ordinary people the demand created will be limitless and professionals will be the first to prosper.

We hope you will stop by this blog and contribute to our discussions as we refine our strategies along this new path. Also be the frist to learn of our events and educational resources.

Conrad Bladey Director