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Today, Monday 7th March, Designing Worlds visits the One Billion Rising in Second Life event, which was held on February 14th. This was the tenth year of this 24 hour event of art, music, poetry and dance, which draws attention to to the campaign to end violence against women and girls.

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

Saffia is one of the organisers of the event, and she talks about the background of One Billion Rising. We also talk to some of the organisers: Briony Writer, who organised the music events (and built the corner parks); Cherryblonde Scribe and Meegan Danitz, who were the dance leads, Adele Ward, who was the Poetry lead; Jenny Anatine, who led the greeters; and AvaJean Westland, who designed and researched the Hall of Heroes (as well as the information kiosks). Saffia, who was the art lead, interviews Daark Gothly about her striking installation.

It makes for a fascinating show that you won’t want to miss, so come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams or tune in to watch on the web!

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You can learn more about One Billion Rising in Second Life here: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/

You can also find out about the worldwide campaign here: https://www.onebillionrising.org/

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo in 2009

The Home and Garden Expo opened last Saturday – but in today’s Designing Worlds show, we’re going to be looking back to the very first show we filmed at the Expo – that was the second Home and Garden Expo in 2009.

Join us today, Monday 28th February 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/371353284.

It’s a chance to see what Second Life looked like back in 2009, and compare the latest homes, furniture and garden products on sale then – with the way that Second Life Homes look today (to say nothing of the avatars!). In fact, this was the very first episode of Designing Worlds, the rebranding of MetaMakeover, as our partners SLCN changed over to being Treet TV.

The Expo on Palladium

The 2009 Expo was twice the size of the 2008 Expo consisting of four regions and 55 different participating stores. Our sister publication Prim Perfect had a pavilion at the show where they’showcased new designers as part of their Prim Perfect Pathfinders project – and you can read about the show in much more detail here: http://bit.ly/32lAidp (although we wouldn’t recommend you trying to teleport to any of the links!

The Expo on Iridium

But here ARE some links you can use – the current Second Life Home and Garden Expo opened on Saturday, and will be running until March 20th.

See more here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/ – and check out the Links to the various regions!

And don’t miss your chance to enter the this year’s Home Decorating Contest!

This year there are sixteen very different styles of homes on Hope Street on Home & Garden Expo – Hope1http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/217/24/23. There are moderns, historic builds, rustic homes, and even some water-based homes (a houseboat and a pirate ship). There are three tiny homes in very different styles too!

House 14: Tour de Marlborough and dairy by Silex zapedzki of Never Totally Dead, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These homes will be decorated by sixteen contestants who will have 350 prims (land impact) each to decorate the Home and the surrounding Garden area.

Each contestant can decorate in any style they wish that suits their house, but they MUST include at least three items purchased from RFL vendors at the Home and Garden Expo.

House 9: Houseboat Calypso by Christhiana of Needful Prims, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Timetable:

  1. Entries to be submitted by the end of March 4th
  2. Decorating to take place between noon on March 5th – the end of March 12th.
  3. Voting will run from March 13th – the end of March 19th. Votes will be placed by adding Lindens into the kiosk in front of each house.
  4. The result will be announced on March 20th.

To enter, fill in the form on the web: https://forms.gle/ttKRqNVSJG8Dm1F96 OR complete the notecard embedded in the easels around Hope Street, or in the signs for the individual houses and post it in one of the blue mailboxes by the end of Friday, March 4th.

Hope Street, with homes to be decorated


Designing Worlds returns to one of our favourite locations – Calas Galadhon – to learn all about the FlyGearz dance troupe who are based there. And we couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith and learn all about their build of the New Santorini!

In this show we talk to Jenna Dirval and DaveOSaurus of FlyGearz, the dance troupe with a base on the Calas Galadhon estate. We take the opportunity of learning how the group was formed and the special immersive, interactive shows that they create. We take a trip to their steamship, the beautiful Alice, and we even have the opportunity of taking part in some of their performances!

Then we take the opportunity to relax with a bottle of wine and a chat with the owners of the Calas Galadhon estate, old friends of Designing Worlds, Truck Meredith and Tymus Tenk. They tell us all about the return of their creation of the Greek island of Santorini (located on Eriador), now complete with beautiful furnished homes, with fascinating back stories.

So we just had to round off with a special Greek dance with FlyGearz in celebration!

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You can visit the New Santorini here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/129/129/23

Find out more about FlyGearz here: https://www.facebook.com/FlyGearzEntertainment/

New Santorini, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 21st February, Designing Worlds returns to one of our favourite locations – Calas Galadhon – to learn all about the FlyGearz dance troupe who are based there. And we couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith and learn all about their build of the New Santorini!

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

New Santorini, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show we talk to Jenna Dirval and DaveOSaurus of FlyGearz, the dance troupe with a base on the Calas Galadhon estate. We take the opportunity of learning how the group was formed and the special immersive, interactive shows that they create. We take a trip to their steamship, the beautiful Alice, and we even have the opportunity of taking part in some of their performances!

Then we take the opportunity to relax with a bottle of wine and a chat with the owners of the Calas Galadhon estate, old friends of Designing Worlds, Truck Meredith and Tymus Tenk. They tell us all about the return of their creation of the Greek island of Santorini (located on Eriador), now complete with beautiful furnished homes, with fascinating back stories.

New Santorini, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So we just had to round off with a special Greek dance with FlyGearz in celebration!

It makes for a beautiful show that you won’t want to miss, so come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams or tune in to watch on the web!

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You can visit the New Santorini here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/129/129/23

Find out more about FlyGearz here: https://www.facebook.com/FlyGearzEntertainment/

The Phoenix Theatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is February 14th – traditionally Valentine’s Day – but for the last ten years it has also been One Billion Rising in Second Life – a four region collection of art, music, poetry and dance to celebrate and raise awareness.

So today we’ll be looking back ten years to that very first One Billion Rising in Second Life. But at 2pm SLT, Elrik Merlin will be playing a set at this year’s One Billion Rising in Second Life on the Stage at OBR Unite – and we invite you to come and join us – and watch the video later!

In 2013, we took several peeks behind the scenes at how the event One Billion Rising in Second Life was created – and how the music video “Break the Chain” was created in Second Life as well!

We will be filming this year’s event, which we’ll be showing later in the season.

Main stage – photo by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds returns to the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), a year after its triumphant opening, to see preparations for the fabulous Crystal Carnival, the Second Annual Celebration of the Arts.

In this episode, the first in our 2022 season, we return to see how the project has developed, and to discover what’s in store at the Crystal Carnival, SLEA’s extensive and impressive Second Annual Celebration of the Arts.

We talk to SLEA Co-ordinator Tansee and to some of the artists (such as Mario2 Helstein) as well as those working behind the scenes (exploring the Music Lab with Livio Korbase and Kalcya), and we take a look at some impressive multimedia installations and other artworks.

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And – best of all – the Crystal Carnival continues until February 28th!

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Find out more about the SLEA and the Crystal Carnival:

Blog: https://slendowmentforthearts.wordpress.com/blog/
SLEA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLEAnew

Entrance to the Crystal Carnival: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/63/54/23

Music Lab: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA4/50/208/23

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Saffia:

Each year, as part of One Billion Rising in Second Life, we release a video, filmed inworld, for Tena Clark’s anthemic “Break The Chain”. Featuring volunteers from the One Billion Rising group, and choreography from Guerilla Burlesque, this year’s video is celebratory, inspirational and moving, and we had a lot of fun filming it.

Please join us at noon on Wednesday February 9th (PDT/SLT) for the release of this year’s machinima, with videographer Tristan Lyonesse and the team from One Billion Rising.

We’re still looking for volunteers to help with the event on February 14th. Fill out the Google form below, and we’ll be in touch to offer full training.

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 7th February, Designing Worlds returns to the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), a year after its triumphant opening, to see preparations for the fabulous Crystal Carnival, the Second Annual Celebration of the Arts!

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, the first in our 2022 season, we return to see how the project has developed, and to discover what’s in store at the Crystal Carnival, SLEA’s extensive and impressive Second Annual Celebration of the Arts.

We talk to SLEA Co-ordinator Tansee and to some of the artists (such as Mario2 Helstein) as well as those working behind the scenes (exploring the Music Lab with Livio Korbase and Kalcya), and we take a look at some impressive multimedia installations and other artworks.

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating and stunning show that you won’t want to miss, so come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams or tune in to watch on the web!

And – best of all – the Crystal Carnival continues until February 28th!

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Find out more about the SLEA and the Crystal Carnival:

Blog: https://slendowmentforthearts.wordpress.com/blog/
SLEA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLEAnew

Entrance to the Crystal Carnival: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/63/54/23

Music Lab: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA4/50/208/23

SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
SLEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Whispering Windz, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds returns tomorrow – Monday 7th February – but in the mean-time, you can still see our Winter Places special from December.

Saffia and Elrik were based in a cosy Bellisseria log home, owned and decorated for the season by Brianne Slade, and from there they showed us some of the beautiful winter locations around the grid.

This show was filmed by Elrik, Saffia and Bain Finch – and the photoshoot is by Wildstar Beaumont.

INSPIRE Winter Wonderland Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be starting the new season with a trip to the Second Life Endowment for the Arts to learn all about the Crystal Carnival. And then we’ll be into a season for old and new shows … including learning all about FlyGearz and the changes at Calas Galadhon, and visits to the One Billion Rising Event and the fabulous Home and Garden Expo.

Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rosehaven, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds today, Monday 20th December, as we explore winter places around the grid, old friends and new discoveries – and some great Christmas events too!

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams – and there may be mince pies, mulled wine – and dancing!

Whispering Windz, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Saffia and Elrik are in a cosy Bellisseria log home, owned and decorated for the season by Brianne Slade, and from there they show us some of the beautiful winter locations around the grid.

This show was filmed by Elrik, Saffia and Bain Finch – and the photoshoot is by Wildstar Beaumont.

You won’t want to miss it so tune in or come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams! There may be dancing afterwards!

INSPIRE Winter Wonderland Park, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Note that these places and events should be open till the end of the year.

PLACES:
Crisp Kringle – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Malfurion/227/96/21 
Cheri Noel – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noel/109/66/23 and http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noel/117/120/23
Where our Journey begins – Winter of 21 @ Whispering Windz – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whispering%20Windz/229/22/24 
Mieville Shelley – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Shelley/139/134/31 
Rosehaven – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Realm%20of%20Rosehaven/97/28/54
Winter Hollow – https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Hills/145/209/2501
Calas Galadhon – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MIST/247/82/3002

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

EVENTS:
Winter Wonderland @ Winter Wonderland – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter%20Wonderland%205/113/7/32 
Mad Pea – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Magical%20Peak/201/204/24 
Roos Holiday Village – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elite%20Oasis/143/12/25 
WINTER ICE CHRISTMAS FEST 2021 -9th Year @ REBEL YELL CONCERTS – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REBEL%20YELL%20CONCERTS/34/48/27 

(Sadly, some events, such as the Second Life Christmas Expo finished too early to be included in this show).

Luane’s World at Le Monde Perdu, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont