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New Age (Pagan) Festivals

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:15 am
by katsu
In Kitsune's thread in "General" there were a few comments about New Age festivals.

Here in Holland we have a plenty of them. Mostly planned around Pagan High days. Some larger than others (largest getting aprox 15.000 people per day)
Most of these festivals however do not call themselves New Age; they usually call themselves Fantasy/Reenactment.

How is that for the rest of you folks?

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:35 am
by Crazy Healer Lady
I've never been to one :( The closest thing we have is the music festival in our park, but although there are many Pagan's there, it's mostly an excuse to a) whip out your guitar, sitar, or bongos, b) smoke up or c) do both.

So far as I know, we don't even have that sort of thing out here. Perhaps in Vancouver or Poco. You've inspired me to take a look, Katsu!

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:43 pm
by Lotus
It could be a defense title....
If they called it "pagan event X" then it would attract floods of harrassing fundies who seek to preach.
Many events do not have the funding to hire more security so, they title the event as to not attract the unsavory types.


Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:16 am
by Kitsune
In Alberta we have Panfest, a yearly weekend pagan festival. I was hoping to go this year, but it's $200-$300 for me and Grimwell to go, and with the handfasting (even as cheap as we're going) it's still going to be really expensive (mainly because I'm adamant about having a particular cake served... I'll post a pic after it's over :lol: ).

The only other thing in Alberta that I know about is the Pagan Pride festival that happens at the University of Calgary. I've never been to it though. They don't have a very good network, and unless you're going to the university often, or looking for it specifically, you won't hear about it at all. :roll:

But then, I understand that I'm in the Bible belt of Canada, and that we are a definate minority here.

Re: New Age (Pagan) Festivals

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:29 pm
by Ragnar
katsu wrote: they usually call themselves Fantasy/Reenactment.
Fantasy/role playing.

Reenactment is something TOTALY different. Although some of the Germanic/Gothic/Wiking groupds will have a ceremony, that is part of the reenactment, the same as having a priest along in 30 year war reenactment is.

Britain went through a phase in the 80s of MANY "New age" festivals. All amply "picketed" by idiots with crosses.

Germany....Never seen one.*

However Germany is HEAVILY into the reenactment, from Goths, to Wikings (BIG), Middle ages (VERY BIG) and Napoleonics (BLOODY MASSIVE).

Have a mate that does startrek and calls it PREenactment. =D>

Having said that, There are LARGE numbers of Thorrs hammers at all of them. :-D

* Sorry yes. There was a "Hexefest" (Witch feast (Germans call a spade a spade and don't mind WHOES face they get in :lol: ) ) my first year here. But that's it.

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:40 pm
by Willow
Festivals of all names all over. PAgan, woccan, fantasy, rennaissance. Even the Scottish tatoos seem to attract a lot of pagan people (I had my runes read last year...not bad).

*Shrug* maybe we are just all geeks attracted to similar things...

*Giggle* PREenactment...I love star trek.

Re: New Age (Pagan) Festivals

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:33 pm
by Vinita
Where I am. we call the season festivals. I have never heard "new age" + festival before.

Willow wrote:*Giggle* PREenactment...I love star trek.
Oh lords above, my father does this too. I live with it so long as I don't have to take part in it ( which is rare).
Lets just for different places and different cultures people use different names or titles for similar things.

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Re: New Age (Pagan) Festivals

Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:00 pm
by katsu
Well folks, I'm off to the largest festival we have

Several day's of building ahead, then 3 days of festival (me selling mead ;) ) then one more day cleaning up....
Oh, and Ragnar; you might like these folks :drink:

New Age (Pagan) Festivals

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:26 pm
by S├Čle
They are rather separate in this Kingdom. There are pagan festivals, new age festivals, living history, role playing and I'm sure others, too, but they rarely mix, though you sometimes get people who will attend a cross section, i.e. pagan archaeologists who are also involved in living history as a way of educating the public, etc., or Stonehenge at summer solstice which attracts both pagans and new age types.