Lovefest 2017: celebrating H.P. Lovecraft in Second Life

Lovefest 2017: Mr. Lovecraft presides over all events occurring in the coastal town of Kingsport, August 17th-27th

Update, August 18th: images and SLurl updated now the event is open.

Lovefest – the Second Life celebration of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft – opened its doors for 10 days of festivities on Thursday, August 17th, 2017. The event will run through until Sunday, August 27th.

This year marks the 127th anniversary of Lovercraft’s birth on August 20th 1890, and the event’s 6th year. There will once be a wide range of celebratory activities – shopping, music and dancing, live music, film showings, open microphone events, live storytelling in voice, dance troupes and an adventure for people to enjoy!

Deep Diving in the Pacific Ocean

For 2017, the adventure takes visitors deep under the sea with the Miskatonic University Oceanic Expedition Team!

Those volunteering to participate will sail into the vast Pacific Ocean aboard the research vessel S.S. Abigail. Whilst en-route team members will receive their deep-sea diving equipment.

Once on location, team members will be lowered into the deeps to continue the work of an earlier advanced research team, charting the ocean floor, collect samples and expand the discoveries of the first research team.

Lovefest 2017: SS Abigail awaits you for a deep diving adventure

But team members should beware! Whilst the ocean floor as a fascinating, diverse and wonderfully alien place – it can also be a place of danger!

As with previous Lovefest adventures, this is an interactive quest, combining a treasure hunt with a mystery that has a distinctly Lovecraftian twist to it. So don’t forget to join the S.S. Abigail as she sets sail! Join the expedition at the Miskatonic University Expedition Pier.

Kingsport, Mass

Those visiting the festival will be warmly received at Kingsport, Massachusetts – a city out of Lovecraft Lore, known as a community of artists and artisans which thrives mostly from tourism. Here visitors will find a rich tapestry of merchant stores, entertainers, dancers and more within the market and the waterfront wharves.

Event Schedule and Other Information

The 2017 festival website has a full (and final, at the time of writing) schedule of events, together with a list of entertainers, DJs, readers and live performers. The website also includes a list of the event’s participating sponsors.

Lovefest 2017: By day, Kingsport offers some curious sights!

About H.P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20th, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life.

A child prodigy, he was reciting poetry when just three years of age, and writing his own poems by six. His grandfather – one of the adults who raised him – encouraged his reading, presenting him with a wide range of books and stories from the likes of One Thousand and One Nights, and the Iliad through to his own original stories of Gothic horror.

As an adult, Lovecraft was introverted, riven by a lack of self-confidence, was unwilling to promote his own literary efforts. Only published in pulp magazines in his lifetime, he was never able to support himself with his writing, and died in poverty at the age of 46 in 1937. It was only posthumously that his work gained recognition – notably the Cthulhu Mythos – and he was elevated to the status of one of the most influential writers of horror fiction in the 20th Century.

Rich in theme as well as narrative, his work has influenced generations of horror writers who followed after him, including the likes of Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Alan Moore, Junji Ito, Caitlín R. Kiernan, William S. Burroughs, and Neil Gaiman.

In addition, film directors John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, and Guillermo Del Toro have all acknowledged Lovercraft as an influence in some of their work, whilst artist H. R. Giger of Alien fame has also pointed to Lovecraft’s tales as a point of influence.

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Indie Teepee 2017: ready to join the festival?

Indie Teepee 2015

Indie Teepee is a region-wide celebration of music and art which has been taking place for the last few years in Second Life. for 2017, the fetival will once again be open to visitors between Friday, July 21st and Sunday, August 6th.

The introduction to the event reads in part:

Indie Teepee brings people together through their love of song and art – breaking down barriers and providing a haven for music genres like indie, alternative, rock, electronic dance music and hip-hop. In 2016, we ventured to and did include into our home, live music performances, theatre acts, machinimas, original mesh designs, photography and a creative forum.

The Indie Teepee of 2017 dares Second Life residents to dream of and thrive in worlds that are possibly to come.

This year’s programme builds on previous Indie Teepee events, and includes:

  • Music:  live performers, independent DJs and clubs
  • Theatre: featuring Guerilla Burlesque at the following times (SLT) / dates:
    • 19:00 on Friday, July 21st, as a part of the Indie Teepee opening
    • 19:00 on Saturday, July 28th
    • 19:00 on Sunday, August 6th, as a part of the event’s closing.
  • Interactive Dance Shows:
    • 17:00 on Monday, July 31st
    • 17:00 on Thursday, August 3rd
  • Art:
    • Installations by:  Bryn Oh, Cynaideslushy. Daphne Arts, Nodnol Jameson
    • Machinima
    • Photography gallery
  • Fun activities including a fashion show and speed dating
  • Shopping

You can find full details of all activities via the Indie Teepee website, together with information of the musicians, DJs, clubs, artists, designers, stores, etc., participating in the event. SLurls to the event areas – stages, exhibition spaces, etc., – will also be available on the official website, once the doors are open to visitors.

Kultivate Homes for Our Troops Fund raiser in Second Life

Homes for Our Troops fund-raiser Gallery

Kultivate Magazine will be holding a special fund-raising event in support of Homes For Our Troops on Saturday July 2nd through Tuesday, July 4th.

The event will feature live performers, DJ parties, a special flag hunt, and an art auction with proceeds going to Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a privately funded 501(c) (3) non-profit organisation that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 veterans, enabling them to rebuild their lives after military deployments and war – see more below.

Homes for Our Troops fund-raiser outdoor art auction

The schedule for the event is as follows (all times SLT):

Saturday, July 1, 2017:

  • 08:00: Event area opens; art auction begins; hunt begins
  • 16:00-17:00:  Live performer Melenda Mikael

Sunday, July 2, 2017:

  • 12:00 noon – 14:00: the Red, White, and Blue Ball
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Live performer Lark Bowen

Monday, July 3, 2017:

  • 16:00-17;00:  Live performer J Lively

Tuesday, July 4, 2017:

  • 12:00 noon – 14:00: 4th of July Party (daytime)
  • 16:00-18:00: 4th of July Party (evening)
  • 18:00: Fireworks; art auction ends; hunt ends.

The Fund-raiser is taking place on Kultivate’s home region of Water Haven – but please note access may be restricted until the event opens at 08:00 SLT on Saturday, July 1st.

Homes for Our Troops fund-raiser part of the gallery space

The following artists are participating in the event: Booyakashaka Resident, captainofmysoul, Catalina Staheli, Eleseren Brianna, Eucalyptus Carroll, Ilyra Chardin, Isis Desmoulins, iSkye Silverweb, IthilwenRose Resident, Jamee Sandalwood, John Brianna, Karma Weymann, KodyMeyers, LailaKnight84, Meishagirl Resident, Miele Tarantal, mmorganwhitfield, Myra Wildmist, retroye resident, Sandi Benelli, Sheba Blitz, Solana Python, Syphera Inaka, talligurl resident, Veruca Tammas, Vivienne Darcy, wild Alchemi, and WrenNoir Cerise.

About Homes For Our Troops

HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families.

Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT.

For inquiries about Homes For Our Troops in Second Life, please contact Frets Nirvana

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Second Pride: celebrating diversity in Second Life

Second Pride

Currently taking place through until Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 is the 12th edition of Second Pride, celebrating diversity in Second Life, and the LGBTQ, gay and straight communities – and “In Between or anything you want to be”, in the words of the organisers. This year’s event has the theme Resist, Rise Up, Be Proud.

Taking place on the Second Pride region, the event has plenty to offer: shopping, music, dancing, amusement rides, lounges and cafés, an oriental themed garden, and more, all in support of a number of charities and non-profits (donation kiosks can be found through the region, and there are two special non-profits donations stores in the south-west corner of the shopping area).

The shopping event includes home and garden decor designers Apple Fall, N4RS,  T L C Home Decor, Sources, RJD, Consignment, The Artist Shed, DJ/SF ( Shutterfield), InZane Design and Unkindness; fashion designers S’wear by Lapointe & Bastchild, GABRIEL, MIND, PowerDesign, RNR, RGDW, Jackhammer Gear for Men, DMG, [SM], RedAngel, and DnL. Many of the designers are offering discounted items to attendees, and there are also opportunities to pick-up various free items during the event.

Second Pride Gardens

You can catch-up with the schedule of entertainment any time of day, and find out more about the event through the following links:

With apologies for Kahvy Smith for my tardiness in getting this out.