Theme – 2018 World’s Fair

“Oh Wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!

O brave new world, that has such people in’t!!”
-The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1
Wm. Shakespeare

“(The World’s Fair) is the fertile promotion of all branches of human diligence and the strengthening of the bonds of peace amongst all the nations of the earth.”
-Prince Albert
(from his opening speech at the 1851 World’s Fair in London)

“The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it.”
-Hunter S. Thompson

The 2018 theme for The Love Burn is the World’s Fair, an imaginary reflection not of the world we live in, but rather the world we wish to live in.

World fairs attempt to reflect the varied traditions and technological progress of the world, showcasing the very best with a grand and eloquent optimism. This year however, we are creating a new world, full of the exotic, strange, and weird. Twisted customs and traditions from our fertile and deviant imaginations, eclectic fashions and headdresses, and delicious regional foods and drinks, all from the imagined locales, countries, and civilizations that encompass the World’s Fair at Love Burn.

The World’s Fair has historically been an event of great planning and construction. Exuding the collective optimism of mankind in a temporary setting, these showcases have been built to present the many facets and diversity of man in the world. What grand futures have been designed at these fairs – a tomorrow bright with prosperity, abundance, and freedom from toil for all. Representatives from all corners of the globe coming together in civic pride and civility, participating in the collective optimism that we, despite our differences of race, creed, or wealth, are all together, one and the same. O brave new world indeed!!!

…..Or is it? Despite the repeated gatherings of the nations since that first World’s Fair in 1851, mankind has mostly shown hubris and an impending sense of futility, time and time again. History has alternated between World Fairs and World Wars, tempering the unified visions of peace and the sharing of technology with great destruction and violence between nations and cultures. Just how far have we come after all? Today’s insane world has us lurching from one headline to another, with an ever-present feeling of despair and hopelessness in our lives every day.

We invite you to leave that “rational” world behind. We invite you to come to a world of our collective imaginations, a World’s Fair that encompasses the burner spirit of snark and mirth. Create the country you want to see in the world. Whole theme camps that imagine completely new traditions, fashions, and customs. Art that shows off the burner “optimism” for the future we all share as a community, no matter how bleak or foreboding it may be or seem. Every participant will receive a passport upon entry, to be used at various camps and art installations. Get a visa. Get exiled. Break that country’s laws. Enjoy their customs. Learn their language. Become a citizen. Be a tourist. The world is yours.

Friday night of Love Burn will be Opening Ceremonies.

We will commence with the Parade of Nations, asking each theme camp to send fashionable representatives to march in style, flags aloft, in what promises to be this new world’s greatest assembly of culture and knowledge. Beautiful and fashionable citizens from far-off lands and incredible inventions of wonderment will triumphantly proceed in front of the illustrious citizenry of the Love Burn. We will then part way for the Torch of Temerity, a grand entrance of runners who will enter the festivities holding the fiery torch, a beacon of hope lighting the way. We will then light the Eternal Flame, triggering the Love Burn’s greatest firework show yet.

So pack your bags, get your tickets, and join us at the greatest World’s Fair yet to be imagined.

Come ashore and explore the world of Love Burn. “Oh brave new World’s Fair, that has such burners in it!!”

INSPIRATION:
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that
if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams,
and endeavours to live the life which they have imagined,
they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

“They will put some things behind,
will pass an invisible boundary;
new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin
to establish themselves around and within them;
or the old laws be expanded,
and interpreted in their favour in a more liberal sense,
and they will live with the license of a higher order of beings.

“In proportion as they simplify their life,
the laws of the universe will appear less complex,
and solitude will not be solitude,
nor poverty poverty,
nor weakness weakness.

“If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”
– Henry David Thoreau