I’m in festival mode. I can’t help it. Our DIY Trash Culture Revue is on next week and after a meeting with Cork DJ, venue owner and all round sound bloke, Stevie G, yesterday I’m now going to help start another local – get – up – off – your – ass – and – just – do – it – because – noone – else – will event in February. Why February? Well its simple micro economics. At the end of January we start getting our credit card bills in the post and the truth of Christmas quickly dawns upon us. We realise that we’ve over spent on drink, food, presents, travel, sweets, cake, nights out, family gatherings and so on. Christmas is a splurge. A parsimonious Christmas is always a fantasy, a lost thought, amongst the baubles, tinsel and merriment of Christmas time.
So are these small festival events to be my fate? Am I to forever be local? I believe I am. Ironic really as I feel like the perpetual outsider – due to my upbringing and moving around – yet am always drawn into where I live, always want to make things better, brighter, want to get people more involved in their place. Maybe that feeling of being an outsider is why I do it. Because I understand the value and luxury of having roots in a single place, a history, a sense of flow that is unique to each and every city, town and village on the planet.
The building of the local is also integral to the way we feel, develop, learn and participate in the emotional and cultural growth of ourselves as a society, a community. It is critical that we never feel powerless, never let authority, the system convince us that there is only one path, one answer, one way of living, doing, being. We must never forget that it is in their interest to keep us ignorant of opportunity through alternative means, it is their interest to keep us close, supervised, controlled. I don’t want to live like that, do you? I’m only around a short while, we all are and we must strive to live life on our own terms. You’ve only got one go, one chance, one opportunity, so why hand that responsibility over to a state apparatus that is only interested in itself, in self preservation?
The local then is where we must start, where change starts. If we want to better ourselves and our society, our place then we must take responsibility, we must stand up and take action. For some that’s marching on the institutions of the state for me its creating new spaces in which possibility creates opportunity for things to happen.