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Leo – it is related to the Project though, honest!

I’m writing this on the train returning from a trip to Bristol, a long overdue visit to my sister and nephew. There’s nothing like a change of scenery and a long train journey to get the brain-juice flowing. ‘Leo’, the ginger munchkin, is one and a half years old. He has learnt to walk and talk and he is into everything. Up at six thirty am, bored of every single one of his toys by 8am. And this is top dollar hi-tech shizzle, being the blessed first-born of the next generation for both sides of the family, he’s been showered with books that pop out and sing, penguins that dance, keyboards with fifty different musical settings ranging from classical to hiphop. All of which are systematically played with and discarded at incredible speed. Bored of the garden by 9am, and by a quarter to ten he’s ratty and decided that he definitely, definitely needs to leave the house. This is non-negotiable, unless we want petulant screaming as a backdrop to the rest of the day. So we go out into the world in search of trees, swings, ponds, parks.

This is not just an enquiring mind, or a penchant for interesting objects – its a relentless search for new experiences, sounds and sensations. Does this pursuit ever really stop?  Nicola Mcleod’s article on postmodern events (irritatingly dense though it is, and confusing – so I may well have totally misread her)  claims that events are increasingly having to compete on a global scale, which has made them “ever-more spectacular”.  This I can believe – what with the Secret Garden festival blowing up a ship, and Electric Picnic burning down a realistically-sized ‘temple’, all as part of the entertainment.  Though maturation may dull the immediacy of our need for new sensory experiences, I think its an in-built desire that remains strong throughout our lives. And what with the extended infantilism of our generation and the increasing reluctancy to ‘grow up and settle down’, maybe the British festivals really are playgrounds for adults!

Full article reference:

Nicola E. MacLeod, ‘The Placeless Festival: Identity and Place in the Post-Modern Festival’, in Festivals, Tourism and Social Change: Remaking Worlds, ed. by David Picard and Mike Robinson (Channel View Publications, 2006), pp. 222-237.

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