Posts tagged event
Posts tagged event
An Attempted Checklist of Bellydance Event Advertising
Recently someone on a forum I belong to asked a question about advertising gigs, and that got me to thinking: While definitely NOT a bellydance-gig expert, I do have a few thoughts on advertising, which were hard-won during my stint as the solo organizer of a zombie walk event in DC (3 years running, baybeee! ;D). And while I didn’t have all the access to goodies I’d hoped for when helping out w/my group in college, (a sampling of whose posters you see here), I also learned a thing or two there. :) So for those of you who feel a little lost when it comes to getting the word out about your upcoming shows, classes, or whathaveyou, I thought I’d share the little bits of info that I have to offer. :)
And that is alllll I can think of- for now. ;)
Overall, I’d say the biggest thing is to just make sure you cover as much area as possible (both electronically AND physically), and to join forces with other people whenever you can. Oh! And try to do things as far in advance as you can. People can’t plan their schedules around events they don’t know about until the last minute, so get your fliers out at LEAST a few weeks prior to your event. Plus be as thorough as you’re able (w/things like directions, event details, prices, etc.) again, as soon as possible. There’s soooo much info bombarding people nowadays 24/7, you don’t wanna get drowned out by short attention spans, people w/bigger budgets- or be forgotten by folks w/already overwrought schedules. But forgetting to give directions or an address to your venue can be just as crippling to a successful event as being nasty to people or refusing to work in more than one advertising medium, so keep your details handy and up to date, too. ;)
Mind, I don’t know all of the intricacies and delicacies of bellydance teaching/event etiquette (such as dos and don’ts of giving your time away for charity, hosting talks at universities, if you should charge for such things, etc.), and lawd knows I am no mega-marketing mogul, so I repeat; I am noooo expert. But when it comes to thinking creatively about advertising on a budget, I hope these at least help some people. :)
No MATTER what, don’t get so stressed about advertising & event logistics that you forget about why you’re doing all this; your love of DANCE. :) So do your best, but when all this stuff is done, go boogie. If you’ve done even HALF of the stuff above, you’ve bloody-well earned it. ;)
Ooooooh, haunted veil dance..! I LIKE that idea!!
And yanno what -that- reminds me of..? SAMHAIN! HALLOWE’EN! My favorite time of year!! XD (It’s coming faster than we realize! *pumps air* Le WOOT! XD)
And yanno what THAT reminds me of in turn..? Well a while back I put out a post called the “Creepie Compendium;” which was a post engineered to be a sharable, updatable resource for allll kinds of spooky-themed events, aaaaalllll over the world. :D ..Well (since in just the past few days I’ve been invited to 2 or 3 Halloween-themed events- squee!!) it occurs to me that perhaps now’s time to start gathering, planning and getting info for THIS year’s Hallowe’en- which includes this year’s Creepie Compendium! XD
SO: Would any of my beautiful bellydancing friends out there like to advertise their Halloween-themed event here, as part of another Hallowe’en-themed bellydance event directory? I will be pimping this event compendium on Twitter, a few other Tumblogs, on FB and elsewhere, so if you want to advertise your event, please, drop me a line! ^_^ All you need to do is give me the official name of your event, the date, its city/state/country, and a link to its primary webspace (beit Facebook, Tumblr, its own web page, etc.,) and I’ll do the rest! ^_^
And of course, folks from everywhere on the planet are invited to contribute, so if you (or someone you know) has a bellydance-centered event in/around October that’s being held in honor of Hallowe’en (or Samhain, for those who celebrate), I’d love to help spread the news of your awesome happening- w/the whole wide world. ^_^
I may not be Jewish m’self, but I know it’s a faith full of beauty, rich cultural heritage, meaning and joy. I hope y’all who practice have a great holiday, filled w/lots of family, food, happiness- and if the mood moves you- bellydance! ^_^
(Oh! And for those who’re in the AZ region, here’s an event you could go to, to celebrate Passover’s end- w/bellydance included! :D)
Do you know about “One Billion Rising..?”
I just found out about it V-Day night (the evening that it happened here), and personally, next year, I am SO IN!!!
While not exclusively a bellydance-centered event, this is a maaarvelous campaign, centered around using dance to protest violence against women and raise general awareness. ^_^ It incorporates various types of dance, and it seems each country, each area, expresses itself it its own unique way, and then comes up w/its own fabulous choreography. ^_^ (Plus if you look closely @ the video above, you’ll see a few bellydancers in there, too!! ^_^) And there are satellite pods within this initiative all OVER the globe, taking part in the project! :D
Check out these amazing videos from India, Jakarta & Hong Kong! ^_^
I know a lot of people think “okay, so how does a bunch of people already aware of the cause getting up & dancing actually help anyone, or anything..???” Well, I’ll give you a few ideas:
Firstly, it helps w/awareness and empowerment. Not only does it bring public attention, but to each dancer who participates, it means something uniquely special and individual to them. Maybe they’ve been abused in some way themselves, maybe a loved-one was accosted or lost their lives through a violent act. Or maybe they’re just there to show solidarity and give support to others who have. -But either way, each person there (male, female, or beyond) dances to express their own personal power, beauty & freedom. And they dance to say that “no matter how you hurt me, I’m still alive.” And “no matter what you take from me, you can’t have my spirit.”
Initiatives also reach out to the people who see this on the streets, to the people who notice the t-shirts on the subway, the husband who takes his wife or sister or mother or daughter there to participate.. and to the family members who hear about it later. It reaches the people in the buildings all around & who pass by who see what’s going on, and to the folks around the water cooler who hear about it the next day. And it reaches the little kids who hear the music coming from down the street, who end up tugging their parents with them to see what’s going on.
And for every person that learns about the campaign, that’s one more person who might be more aware of the horrible statistics. That’s one more person who hopefully sees & understands that these are very real people whom these statistics affect, involve, & entail. And hopefully, that’s one more person who thereafter, will be one more person who might stand against such violence. (Or, if nothing else, possibybe somebody who’d act as a shelter, caregiver, or solace for someone who’s suffered it… ..Or hell, even just be a more understanding ear.)
For every person who sees these demonstrations and is reached, for every dancer that is healed in some way or stands up by dancing, and for every person who finds that they are not alone in their own struggle when the see or participate in an event like this, there’s a positive impact. And THAT”S how it helps. (And I don’t even need to go into all the ways dancing can be physically, emotionally & spiritually therapeutic on its own.. do I..?)
So.. that’s why this event touches me. Because it reaches men and women and children and old folks- all OVER the world. Because it shows that each one of us can help, and that using something as beautiful as dance, we can stand up and speak out and show nurturing support, all at the same time. :) Events like this can impact sooo many people, on sooo many levels! -And the reason why I bring this to you here is because they do it aaallll through the power of dance! ^_^
..Man, we should have stuff like this for all KINDS of issues! ^_^
Now, did you participate in OBR this year? If so, tell us about it! I know that next year, come hell or high water, I’m TOTALLY gonna take part- wherever I am. ^_^ ..Maybe I’ll see you there, too. ^_^
It’s October, so you know what that means! Halloween is ALMOST HERE!! Eeeeee!! *bounce bounce bounce* I am both SO stoked and kinda petrified, ‘cause I always wanna do a zillion things in honor of the holiday, and rarely feel truly prepared when it comes.
Are you doing anything fantastic to celebrate?
Oh! And that reminds me! Has anyone got any other goodies to put forth for the list of spooky bellydance events at The Bellydancer’s Creepie Compendium? Surely there are TONS of fabulous belly events happening in honor of Halloween, worldwide! ^_^
Whether you celebrate Halloween, Samhain, or just love the cool, crips, Octobery spookiness of it all, I wish you a happy, exciting and magical October.
I have a feeling it’s going to be a BADASS Hallowe’en!! ^_^
(Image taken by yours truly, courtesy of SuperKate, at DC’s BellyHorror, 2008. Please do not replicate, alter or otherwise reproduce w/o my & SK’s permission. Cheers! ^_^)
I just wanted to let folks know that a few new entries have been added to The Bellydancer’s Creepie Compendium since it was first published (as it is getting closer to Hallowe’en- leWOOT!). :D (Plus, it seemed like a good idea to cast the net out again, in case other folks wanted to list an event. :))
I’ve got stuff in DC, MD, AZ, OH, VT, & even Australia, and am hoping to have events listed allll over this beautiful globe of ours; so that no matter where you are, if you wanna see or dance in a spooky Hallowe’en or Samhain-themed show, you can find a venue to attend & enjoy. ^_^ Just ping me by “Asking,” replying to this, or via PM. :) (Or, if you know someone who’d like to send in an event but who isn’t a Tumblogger, folks can also drop me a line via my fartsy-crapsy pages; on Facebook & Blogger. :))
I have noooo idea what I’m gonna do for Samhain yet, but I cannot WAIT to celebrate n’ do something fabulous. ^_^ (Anyone else ever been down to NOLA for the holiday?) I hope you guys are all having fun prepping for the occasion, and dearly look forward to seeing everyone’s spooky vids n’ & haunting photos, when the time is through! ^_^
Are you planning, participating in, or know of an event that’s taking place in honor of Hallowe’en (or Samhain)..? Does this upcoming bit of fantabulousness involve bellydance..? Yes? Then step right up, come reeeeal close, & gimme a holler (by Ask/direct message or reply), so I can put it up here; as part of The Bellydancer’s Creepie Compendium! :D
If you wanna see your event listed for all the world to see (and perhaps for other bellydancers to participate in or attend), then come on down, take your seat, and join the plag- er.. the slaughter!
..Wait.. no.. that’s not right… *frets* Erm.. the massacre!
No… No… still wrong. Umm.. the contagion..?
Ah! Yes! That’s right! FUN. -I meant.. fun! ;D
Upcoming Hallo-Belly Events:
Hey everybody! Coming up THIS SATURDAY, June 23rd, yours truly will be dancing and showing some of my art at the Blacksburg Summer Solstice Fest! :D My performance companion and I will be onstage around 2, and my few little sculptures & polymer clay pieces will be on display in the Community Booth of the Burnt Creative Indie & Vintage Craft Fair all afternoon. :)
There’s gonna be ALL KINDS of food, good music, shows, kid-friendly activities and more, so come on by and visit us! :D
From The Summer Solstice Fest Event Page on FB:
Saturday June 23:
Summer Solstice Fest
featuring Dog Parade, Downtown Sundown 5k Run, Beer Garden, Food, Live Music, Burnt Creative Indie & Vintage Craft Fair,Carnival, Dancing, Sand Sculpture Contest,Water Wars, Wing Eating Contest and so much more.
Live Music by The PanJammers, Badunkafunk, Electric Woodshed, The Alliens and The Key West Band. Belly Dancing, Fire Dancing and street performers
The event will take place on Main St. between Roanoke St & Washington St, Lee St. between Church St & Draper Rd. and Draper Rd between Roanoke St and Kent Square Parking Garage.
2:15pm Belly Dancing
4pm Dog Parade
4:45pm Electric Woodshed
6:15pm Animal Antics with NRV Varmints
6:30pm Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Sharkey’s, P.K.’s & Café de Bangkok
7pm Animal Antics with NRV Varmints
7:15pm The Alliens
9pm The Key West Band
11pm Fire Show!
I’ll mostly be improv-ing onstage, but I’ve still got a week to practice, so you never know! ;D Hope you guys can come, and wish me good shimmies! ^_^