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Arcachon

Arcachon

This week on Monday 25th May at 2pm SLT, we are taking a look back to the beautiful and fascinating region of Arcachon, sadly long gone from the Second Life grid.

Unavailable on the web for a number of years, it recently found a home on our new Archive channel (which is full of goodies!).

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/379594685. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW188 Arcachon – 11th February 2013 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Arcachon Atlantique, the beautiful Francophone region based on the Languedoc region of France, which had recently come close to closure, despite offering great activities and developing a brilliant immersive language learning programme.

We explored some of the beauties of the region with Claire Pascale, the owner of Arcachon and with Cybère Placebo, who had been working on developing language courses, as well as Karelia Kondor, a teacher of French in the UK, who had used the region of Arcachon in her teaching.

Arcachon

Arcachon

We explored the region, discussing the plans to use it as an immersive language resource, and also experiencing some of the activities it offered, from wine tasting, to a hot air balloon trip, to harvesting (and enjoying!) fresh oysters.

And we looked at the problems owners face in sustaining such a region.

Arcachon

Arcachon

Sadly, although publicity sustained Arcachon for several more months, some time after our visit it was forced to close.

It is a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm at our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Arcachon

Arcachon

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Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Isle of Shadows, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We closed out the last season with a look back at Fantasy Faire 2011, and we are opening this season with the first of two visits to this year’s Fantasy Faire!

 

DW417 – Fantasy Faire 2020 Part 1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The twelfth annual event of its kind in Second Life, Fantasy Faire 2020 was the biggest yet – and by the end of the Faire in early May the event had raised over US$75,000 for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society to support its international efforts to bring about a world without cancer.

Sirens' Lore, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sirens’ Lore, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to organiser Elizabeth Tinsley and head of operations David Abbot, and we take flythroughs of nine of the eighteen regions created by Second Life’s most brilliant creators. captured by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

Heliodor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Heliodor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow and explore the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Spirit of Kuruk, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Spirit of Kuruk, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Queensgarden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Queensgarden, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We closed out the last season with a look back at Fantasy Faire 2011, and we are opening this season with the first of two visits to this year’s Fantasy Faire! Join us at 2pm on Monday, 18th May when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html.

And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Agra Adara, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Agra Adara, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, Fantasy Faire Captain, and Co-Captain David Abbot about this year’s Faire, and what the running of an event like the Faire involves. And we take a look around the eighteen regions of the Faire – nine through excursions by Elrik Merlin and his camera, and the other nine through the beautiful photographic images captured by Wildstar Beaumont!

By the time the Fairelands had faded into the mists, Fantasy Faire 2020 raised the astonishing (and record-breaking) sum of US$75,312!

Cassiopeia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cassiopeia, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm to see the beauties of the Faire – and relieve some memories! It’s a stunning show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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For more about Fantasy Faire, we would urge you to follow the wonderful Fantasy Faire website: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Autumnium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Autumnium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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