2 weeks of events. A success. Not because they were packed out and not because they ran well. But because they happened. Out of nothing. Space was opened up and we filled it. You filled it with ideas, thoughts, ideas, action, community – a community of minds. Strangers met. Became friends. Ideas exchanged, thoughts came together. Synergy happened. Excitement, process, forward, rushing on, overflow, synapses pinging, skies opening up and futures all running on towards bare bones of new events, festivals, spaces in which we can co – operate and create. Produce. A festival is brewing, slowly fusing.
I wasn’t sure if it was going to work at all. Wasn’t sure if people would be interested. Wasn’t sure of anything. I felt like I had my head on a block. Madame Guillotine was standing over me. Chop. Roll. Bleed. End of story. But it did. Work. Thankfully. Our co – operative, us together, made it work and that is no mean feat. It isn’t easy to take risks. It isn’t easy to leave yourself open to failure. It isn’t easy to try. More than often you’re castigated for something not working rather than recognised for making something try to work. Its all too easy to scream and shout. To jeer and make remarks if you have a ringside seat. So to all of you who came up with the ideas, all of you who came to the events and all of you who participated you’ve done alot more than just be. You’ve taken up the mantle and shown that with energy, persistence and a positive attitude things can change, our situation can change, our space can change if we want it enough.
After speaking to many people over the 2 weeks ideas for a mutantspace festival are coming into focus. It can be done and will be done. Probably around November, in Cork. So if any of you reading this are interested in getting involved, have ideas, want to help out please let me know. This might be the moment when everything changes. As a co – operative everything is stepping up a gear. The building of our economy is starting to take shape. And as long as we continue to underpin our commitment to one another and the development of new spaces in which to produce, develop, experiment and fail then we can only go forward. We can only learn. Enjoy the ride.
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