What is Festival 23? Truth? I have no idea really. It’s an extension of the momentum brought about by the Cosmic Trigger play that happened a few years back and as far as I can tell is more a gathering of people inspired by Robert Anton Wilson than anything else. As a big fan of R.A.W. myself, if I lived anywhere near Sheffield England, I’d be there. Here’s the official line from the website:
“Festival 23 is an interactive celebration of literature and the arts, of theatre, playshops and music inspired by the Discordian movement. It will be an Experience. A ritual for ritual’s sake. A gathering of mischevious spirits, subversive individuals, seekers with creative intent, who wish to inspire and to be inspired.
Festival 23 is owned, designed and managed by the people who participate. Through NotWork 23 (like a network, just more fun), every committed member has an equal voice, an equal say and an equal stake in Festival 23. £23 a year opens the door and allows you to become a co-creator of a truly unique happening. How good will that feel? To feel ownership of something magic – something HEROIC. Exclusive reduced price tickets are available to members of NotWork 23, so please firstname.lastname@example.org before you purchase if you are interested in levelling up and becoming a member.
And all you really need to know is that the inaugural Festival 23 will take place on the weekend of the 23rd July 2016 at a secret outdoor location in the north of England.
And all that is missing is YOU!”
What would I recommend if I were attending this thing? Ummm, I haven’t actually heard of any of the bands playing and am only superficially familiar with most of the speakers. I will say that I do in fact love Disinfo.com contributor Nick Magerrison’s podcast a lot, and he’ll be giving a talk. So you know, check that out. Alan Moore is making some mysterious contribution, so that’s worth the price of admission I imagine.
Other than that, go forth and get your strange on. If you’re a fan of psychedelics and fringe consciousness in general, I’d wager that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Here’s the website again if you missed it the first time.