On Friday, March 13th, 2020, Linden Lab opened applications for those wishing to exhibit at the upcoming 17th anniversary of Second Life.
SL17B will run from Friday, June 19th through until Friday, July 10th, with the core entertainments for the celebrations taking place between June 19th and Sunday, June 28th. This year the theme is vacations and road trips (or road trips and vacations as the Lab has previously referred to it – amounts to the same thing), with the official blog post announcing the opening of exhibitor applications reading in part:
In Second Life, you can explore the (virtual) world from the safety and comfort of your own home — and that’s why we’ve selected “vacations and road trips” as this year’s SL17B theme. Whether you teleport directly or travel to your favorite SL destinations by plane, train or automobile, we hope to see a wide variety of community exhibits and experiences that celebrate the spirit of Second Life escapism and travel.
However, in a change from previous years, those wishing to exhibit at SL17B are not being asked to tie their exhibit ideas just to the core theme of the event, as the blog post goes on to note:
A major change for exhibitors this year is the freedom to create an exhibit that reflects your own passions in Second Life. This means that while “vacations and road trips” is our official SL17B theme, exhibits will not be limited by it. We welcome a wider variety of topics this year, including exhibits that may serve as introductions to the varied and abundant communities throughout SL. We also are inviting original art installations and other personal projects that people want to share with the SL community at large.
Those who are interested in exhibiting in a 32x32m plot at SL17B are asked to both read the rules and policies and then complete and submit the official exhibitor application form before the end of Friday, May 22nd, 2020 (PST).
A reminder that applications for those interested at performing at the SL17B Music Fest, scheduled to take place over Friday 19th / Saturday 20th June 2020, can still apply to participate in auditions through until the end of Monday, May 18th 2020. The Lab is looking for at least a dozen performers, both veteran Second Life musicians and those new to the scene, with sets in the past running to 60 minutes per performance.
Auditions are to be held on a rolling basis held every other week at the the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, and as applications are received, performers will be asked to attend one of these auditions to perform. Every audition event will be open to the general public to attend as an audience, and details will be made available ahead of the first such audition via a Second Life blog post, with each audition session additionally advertised through the following in-world groups (both with open enrolment):
- Second Life Birthday.
- Bellisseria Citizens.
Those interested in auditioning for the Music Fest should be sure to complete the audition application form and submit it before the closing date.
Keep Up To Date and Early Access
Updates on SL17B preparations will be made via official blog posts and through the Second Life Birthday in-world group. In addition, and as indicated during the Lab Gab show featuring Patch Linden and the Moles, it is planned to offer members of that group early access to the SL17B grounds on Thursday, June 18th.