Online Festivals

Jul 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Articles

By Nimue Brown

At Beltain in 2016, the Pagan Federation ran its first online disabilities event. The first one lasted a week, but following ones have been a day online, with speakers, music and chat. Moon Books authors have supported these events and continue to do so.

We have a number of authors who are affected by disabilities themselves and who know first hand what it means to have your life limited in this way. We also have a lot of authors who are not directly affected, but who are generous with their time and energy and will show up to contribute as well.

The idea with the online festivals is simply that they are easy to attend. You can rock up to twitter or facebook to follow the live feed even if getting out of bed is difficult. It doesn’t matter whether you had the energy that morning to get in the shower, no one will ever know. You can take as much or little of it as you want, and the event is free, which is important because disability and poverty so often go hand in hand. If you can’t make it on the day, it’s easy to catch up later, and the videos go on youtube so you can track them down without being on a social media site.

With my first contribution to this event, I did something that was a long way out of my comfort zone. I made a short film when I really wasn’t at my best, and did what I could from a place of poor concentration. I normally hide when I’m not clever. But, by letting myself be visible I hope I was able to offer some solidarity with others who are struggling. I’ve had terrible problems with pain, energy levels and intermittently with concentration as a consequence of the other two things, for a long time now. I also suffer with depression and anxiety. I think it’s important to talk about this stuff.

There’s another online festival coming up on the 29th July…

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