I was invited to write an article on Power Parties for the Green Girls Global site. Gloria read it and told me about Power Down. http://www.myspace.com/powerdownordie Speaking as someone who loves music but doesn’t go to gigs because of their loudness (too loud to hear it, too loud to talk over it), this is fantastic. The next one is on May 26th. “Power Down is the idea that modern citizens can have a night of musical entertainment without leaving a huge carbon footprint. That means no lights, no refrigeration, and most importantly…no amplification. An important aspect of this movement is to dispel the assumption that the only music that can be acoustically played is that of a bunch of miserable young men with acoustic guitars. We’ve all heard that, and it bores most of us to tears, and hence, you won’t find that at Power Down. Power Down aims to bring a large array of genres to an open minded audience, from Hip-Hop, to Jazz, to Pop, to yes, Folk. There is no reason why all of these different art forms, as dependent on electricity and modern computing as they seem, be stripped bare to their acoustic core. Present a musician with this task, and let’s see the result, who knows what it will sound like. Hopefully it will be intimate, intense and enlightening from the lack of barriers between the audience and the artist, air being the only remaining medium. “
Not sure if I’d do it myself…. March 9, 2007
A friend of mine, who has poured her energies into environmentalism and the arts, said although she supported and spread the idea she wouldn’t hold a Power Party herself, as ‘it isn’t quite me’. I can understand that. It might seem a bit worthy. If you feel the same, I want to suggest a really easy way of doing it. You don’t have to organise a Power Party and give it that title above any other. If you just put a tiny mention and a link to this website on any invitation, even if your do involves sitting under patio heaters next to huge music speakers, it will remind people to turn power off at home and save power getting there. Think of it like a party off-set!
I went to an event this week, which included a presentation by LIFT about the LIFT New Parliament. http://www.liftfest.org.uk/newparliament/ This is a large tent-like structure that will tour London and the world from 2008. It will have a screen on one flat side, and a stage/meeting spaces on the other side. It will be the space for a programme of arts-enriched dialogue about the pressing issues of the day, at the top of which is climate change. The New Parliament building has a very light footprint and all events will be planned with sustainability in mind. I was really pleased to be able to take part in a workshop with LIFT on what we can do about climate change. I shared the Power Parties idea and there was a lot of enthusiasm. People said ‘I can’t wait to go to one’. Lots of ideas for different kinds of events were shared.