Each year, on the date that Second Life came out of beta (June 23rd 2003), Residents and Lindens have gathered to celebrate the amazing world we’ve been creating. This June 23rd, our community marks its Fifth Birthday, and the volunteer Birthday Team (who has been planning this party since last year) picked a theme that will be hard to resist– “Celebrating the cultural diversity of Second Life”.
Who do you hang around with in Second Life? What are your communities’ traditions and signature characteristics? Are you proud of your sexy blue fur? Your excruciatingly detailed tea ceremony? Your murky environments? Your sculptures? The help you’ve given to others?
Build an exhibit!
Whatever it is you do, flaunt it at this years’ Birthday celebration by entering an exhibit and showing off your unique culture. The team has put together an entry form that will initiate your application process. Fill it in, make your proposals, and wow the team with a description of your vision and skills. The form contains a pull-down list with some obvious “culture” choices already on it, but many of you are not obvious, are you? So, fill in that box marked “other”, as the team will be attempting to put the exhibits of related cultures near each other.
This is a Resident-created, Linden Lab-sponsored event, which means that Linden Lab has donated the land and various basic resources, but the rest comes from you, the community. And there is room for many people to get involved. Even if you don’t want to enter an exhibit, you can volunteer to help the Birthday Team build-out the event infrastructure, help with publicity, translate signs into various languages, give tours of the exhibits, etc. Please send an IM to SignpostMarv Martin or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help with event logistics.
The team will be accepting exhibit applications until May 25th. You can expect to see the regions open for building on or shortly after June 1. The deadline for completing your builds is June 20. Gates open on June 23 and the event runs until June 30th.
The team is putting together a retrospective of scenes from previous SL Birthday events. If you have movies or still images of 2004, 2005, 2006 or 2007 that you can share with full permissions, please drop then on Evie Fairchild, and include a notecard that explains which year the photos are from. If you have photos on a photo-sharing site, please send Evie a notecard with links to them. Once the photos are compiled, you may be invited to donate a voice remembrance to add to the slide show. Please remember to give full permissions on anything you’d like to submit.
As the launch date gets closer, the team will be back with more details of the festivities planned. Until then, let’s start building a diverse and memorable event!
Teen Second Life
The Teen grid will be having it’s own celebration– more details on that coming up in a later post.