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It’s over three hours of magical fun and celebrations …

The Raglan Shire carollers will serenade us!

The Raglan Shire carollers will serenade us!

1 – 2pm SLT: Toxic Darkmatter (live)
2 – 3pm SLT: DJ Elrik Merlin
3 – 3.15pm SLT: The Raglanshire Carollers
3.15 – 4.15pm SLT: DJ Briony Writer

Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you!

And it’s all taking place in our gorgeous ballroom high above our Garden of Dreams studio. Come and join us there!

The ballroom awaits you!

The ballroom awaits you!

 

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The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit Burn2, the annual Second Life celebration and impromptu art festival that parallels the Burning Man festival usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 9th November  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Originally begun as “Burning Life” by Linden Lab, several of whom were “Burners” in real life, the community-run festival is now called Burn2 and is a fully authorised regional Burning Man event.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year Burn2 has been particularly important as the real-life Burning Man festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead has been held virtually, with Burn2 being the most extensive and longest-established. As a result there has been a significant influx of real-life Burners into Burn2, often bringing unique art exhibits and general zaniness with them.

Theatre at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Theatre at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this feature-length episode we talk to organisers and exhibitors at this year’s Burn2, visit some of the exhibits, and take a look at the philosophy behind the festival.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, Saffia sets out to take a balloon ride – but finds a much more exciting mount! And we catch the Lamplighters, the Burning of the Temple, and the Burning of the Man himself.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday October 5th, as – in preparation for the annual Burn 2 Festival in Second Life – we look back to 2016 and the amazing festival held then.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/190066583. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW321 – Burn2, 2016 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The annual Burn2 art festival in Second Life, which is an official representative event approved by the organisers of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, following the same principles and with several of the same features and events, including stunning artworks and Man and Temple burns.

We visit some of the installations and follow the Lamplighters to the Burn as they celebrate the life of a valued participant, and we take a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired helicopter ride across the site – da Vinci is this year’s theme.

Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a balloon trip around the site, seeing the famous Burning of the Man and the Burning of the Temple, and talk to Duna Gant and iSkye Silverweb, who were both centrally involved in Burn2 this year.

We also remember Ladyslipper Constantine, a dedicated Burner and a keen Lamplighter at Burn2 events, who died recently. Saffia filmed a special Celebration of her life and work as a volunteer for numerous organisations and events in Second Life; an extract from this is shown in the episode, but you can also watch the full Celebration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX3c8RVB0iI.

It all makes for a very special show – so do tune in or join our Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams!

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This year’s Burn 2 will take place from 9th – 22nd October, and you can read more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS/ or join the event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/170/28/24

Burn 2 Poster for 2020

 

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 14th September, Designing Worlds is back for its new season – we look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), which picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Join us at 2pm  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT. We hope to have Tansee and Hannington join us to be on hand for a post show discussion with our live audience.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 27th July, Designing Worlds is paying the second of two visits to the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday Community Celebration (SL17B) for the last show of the season. Two weeks ago, we looked at the Linden builds; in this show, we’ll be looking at resident builds – just a few, because there were so many wonderful ones!

Join us at 2pm  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. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

And here is a little taster – a video shot and edited by Saffia that didn’t make it into the main show …

SL17B Dawn Kingdoms from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

In the show, we look at the sites that we were involved with – Designing Worlds, One Billion Rising in Second Life, and two exhibits related to Fantasy Faire – the Fantasy Faire LitFest site (complete with Hugh the Troll) and the Fantasy Faire Radio site. And we talk to some of the creators of the exhibits, – the artists Fiona Fei and Ilyra Chardin, and our own Wildstar Beaumont who had a special gallery exhibit, which is really another of “our team sites”!

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to people who are involved in creating sites for communities – Victor Mornington with a site to introduce people to New Babbage, and Asia Connell with the same mission for Camp Italia. And we explore a number of other sites too, both with film and with a fantastic photographic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, the Birthday event is now over, but we hope the show will help you re-live it … or sigh over parts you missed! It makes for a beautiful and highly interesting show so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL17B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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SL17B Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Tapestry of Time, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is the very last day to visit the Second Life Seventeenth Birthday Community Celebration (SL17B) on the grid, but you can see the first of our two visits on the web!

DW421 – Second Life 17th Community Birthday Celebration: Part1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this episode, we look at the Linden builds; in the next show, we’ll be looking at resident builds – just a few, because there were so many wonderful ones! But we’ll be seeing a sneak preview of some of those resident builds with a slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont in this episode.

SL17B Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Saffia and Elrik as we check out some of the key areas like the Welcome Area, the Tapestry of Time, the Auditorium, the Main Stage and the DJ Stage; we preview the latest Linden Homes – and we take a look at the sky. Why? Because of a special Linden Lab feature – known as EEP – Environmental Enhancement Project.

The special EEP sky. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The special EEP sky. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also visited the gift area and the Hop and Shop area – an amazing shopping arcade that wasn’t actually part of the main Celebration area – but very tempting! We even visit a dinosaur park and, of course, we can’t resist a podcar trip!

SL17B Dinosaur Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL17B Dinosaur Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year, the theme for the Birthday was vacations and road trips, and many of the exhibits were wish-fulfilment for people who were pretty much in lockdown while they were building. In the Linden builds too there are many elements of vacations – with the stages having a lovely holiday feel.

The Gift Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gift Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 29th June, we present a feature-length episode visiting the very special area that was created to host the campsites, designer regions and more that made up the Relay for Life of Second Life weekend: 6–7 June 2020.

Join us at 2pm  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. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios at 2pm SLT.

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Relay for Life of Second Life was one of the few Relay For Life events able to be held, thanks to it being held in a virtual world. And it was a fantastic success, raising Linden$: 76,317,509, which is the equivalent of USD: $305,270.00 – a really amazing sum!

The theme was Game On, Cancer! and it led to the creation of some spectacular designer regions and team campsites following the theme of different types of games and sports – as we learn in the show.

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to two of the core organisers of the event, Stingray Raymaker, Director of the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and the Ambassador to the American Cancer Society, the charity behind Relay for Life; and Nikki Mathieson, Executive Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

We also talk to Mightbe Shelter, a member of one of the teams of SL motorcycle clubs who built daunting race tracks and other thrilling activities – and we experience a little of the moving Luminaria ceremony.

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also take a look at some of the regions involved in the Ten Days of Relay run-up to Relay Weekend itself, visit several of the designer regions and campsites, and view some stunning slideshows of the regions from our star photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

It all makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Relay for Life Weekend, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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To learn more about Relay for Life of Second Life, visit their page at the American Cancer Society: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=97294
or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl/

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Have you visited the Designing Worlds site at SL17B?

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

Designing Worlds at SL17B!

You can read all about it here (and find out how to collect our special collectible postcards!)

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

 

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Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

Designing Worlds exhibit at SL17B

We have a beautiful site at the Second Life 17th Birthday celebrations!

Designed by Annie aka Undercoverlady, it has Designing Worlds out on a road trip in a beautiful bit of countryside.  You’ll find areas high and low to explore, even underwater! And there are some quiet corners to relax or even enjoy a picnic.

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

One of the collectible Designing Worlds postcards at SL17B

And because the theme of this Birthday is roadtrips and vacations, the Designing Worlds team have been busy sending postcards too! Inside the cute little figures you’ll find around the exhibit, there are a whole range of postcards, with messages from Saffia, Elrik, Aisling and Wildstar, with each card being from one of the amazing places we have visited on the web. On the reverse side, you’ll find a message from one of us – and each card also has a link to the show featured on the postcard!

See how many you can collect – each click on the figures will give you a free random postcard. You can collect and keep them all – or gift them to friends.

A sample postcard message

A sample postcard message

And, if you can, try and visit other sites we’ve been involved with:

Designing Worlds at SL17B: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/224/138/23
Bright Star Gallery by Wildstar Beaumont: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/68/181/24
Fantasy Faire Literary Festival: https://secondlife.com/destination/literary-festival-from-fantasy-faire-sl17b
Fantasy Faire Radio: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/68/159/23
One Billion Rising in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL17B%20Electrify/104/224/23

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New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we explore a beautiful – and absolutely fascinating – region within Second Life – New Kadath, which houses (among other delicious treats) the Lighthouse Art Gallery, home of the Museum of Second Life Maps!

DW419 – New Kadath from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

To explore the amazing Museum and the wider region, we’re joined by the Keeper and Custodian of the Lighthouse, Julianna Lethdetter and region creator Dragonia DeCuir.

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Julianna shows us around the fabulous map museum, with cartography going back to the earliest days of the Second Life grid, while Dragonia takes us on a tour of the beautiful and exotic region of New Kadath, with its fields, bunnies, dragons and flying whales – and a Cheese Shop – where you can sample the wares!

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Visit New Kadath for yourselves: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/58/23

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Elemaria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elemaria, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, we pay the second of our two visits to Fantasy Faire 2020 in aid of Relay for Life of Second Life.

DW418 – Fantasy Faire 2020 Part 2 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to Aisling Sinclair, who is in charge of the famous and fabulous Fairelands Quest, and Fantasy Faire Co-Founder and Co-Captain Zander Greene about this year’s Faire, and what the running of an event like the Faire involves.

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lunafae, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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!

Mistakes Were Made, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Mistakes were Made! photographed 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!

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Zodiac, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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