Gather round the campfire.
A Campfire is like a family concert. A performance created by artists and audiences to celebrate, share knowledge and create lasting community connections.
It was around the campfire that we first marked significant events. We told stories, danced, drew pictures in the sand, and sang about the things we needed to understand. We created rituals to help us build knowledge and share wisdom. And by doing so, we thrived as a community.
Each Campfire is built from the contributions of the people who turn up. You can be a generous audience or you can bring something along to share.
When: You can find the 2018 dates here. In Melbourne it is generally the first Saturday of the month (but check, because things change!)....except for January, we have a rest in January. In Sydney...we are planning to visit 4 times this year, stay tuned.
Where: In Melbourne - Midnightsky Studio 2. 101 Victoria Street in Fitzroy (very close to the corner of Brunswick street and Johnston Street. Not Victoria Parade).
In Sydney - Venue TBC (let us know if you have a suggestion!)
Tickets: Tickets are released approximately 2 weeks before the Campfire. They are pretty popular so if you want to find out how to be the first to grab a ticket have a read of this page...
Tickets scale from $5 - $500 (!) Campfire is funded entirely from your generosity and lots of hours of volunteer time! Below is a guide for deciding how much to pay for your ticket.
$5 - This ticket is for those in financial difficulty. If more than a handful of people buy this ticket then we wouldn't be able to keep running Campfire. But we also don't want to stop anyone who wants to come from coming along.
$15/$20 - These tickets are our 'concession' price. You know, for students and the unemployed or the under-employed. If about 1/4 of people buy these tickets we can keep the Campfire burning.
$30/$40/$50 - These tickets are our 'full' price. For everyday people who have a stable income, a roof over their heads and the ability to do things like buy a coffee without thinking too much about it. If 3/4 of people buy these tickets we can all breathe easy knowing the Campfire will be there again next month.
$100/$250/$500 - These tickets are a gift to the Campfire project. They are a vote of confidence in the power of the performing arts to grow and sustain thriving communities. Every time someone buys one of these tickets I cry (yes, actually cry), humbled by the passionate support of Campfire.
Starting time: Timing
7pm – Doors open. Boat folding, practice your piece, finishing touches to the space.
7:15pm – We are getting ready to roll
7:25pm - Doors close
7:30pm – We begin (on the dot)
10pm – Official finish
Food - You should eat dinner before you come. BYO drinks and snacks and cake - We have a break half way and people tend to bring snacks to throw on the table and share. Some people have even baked us a cake. We have tea and coffee and water. BYO everything else!
Performing - Your first and most important job is to come along and enjoy the evening. Everyone is welcome to get up and do something (tell a story, sing a song, play an instrument, dance, share a piece of visual art...). Probably the kindest most supportive audience you have ever met...so the stage is yours if you would like it. The amazing Dan Robertson will be there on the piano. So if you have a favourite song up your sleeve we can probably piece it together on the night.
A small note on group activities...the focus for Campfire is to give you an opportunity to perform or be in the audience. So activities that require the group to do something aren't on the menu. These kinds of things can be amazing...if you are in the mood. If you aren't in the mood then people can feel 'put on the spot' and that is the opposite of what we are doing at Campfire. So if you have something to share you can invite people to join in (like sing a long) but there should always be a role for the audience and if no one joins your performance should be ok to go along regardless. If you have something you would like to do that you need some support with I (Luke) am always available to chat with you and grab a couple of confident performers to support you. We love that!
If all that sounds fun and you want to come along...
Campfire performances are documented for archive purposes (video and audio). There is no intended public use of this documentation. They would be used as the foundation for learning about Campfire so that we can teach others to run a Campfire and possibly writing a book about it. If any of the documentation is to be used (other than for internal review) in a public way (for group training or anything else) then we will contact you and get your permission first. If we can’t find you, we won’t use the documentation.
Unfortunately this content is not available for you to access. The time it would take to do so is too onerous and if people were coming along to get a document of their performance...well it changes things, we may be able to make this work one day...but at this stage it is too much for us to manage!
If you have walked away from Campfire with a sense of belonging and hope then buying some firewood is a way to say thanks. A way to show your love and appreciation and to keep the Campfire burning.