You’ve all been asking, so here it is. You can download a preliminary version of the festival workshop schedule here:
The schedule is definitely fluid. At this stage of the game, I’m probably having to make 5-10 changes every day due to moving workshops, changing difficulties, adding new workshops, and so on. Which is mostly good stuff, but does mean that for the most up-to-date workshop information, you’ll need to keep in touch once you get to the festival. We will once again be having a mobile app by Guidebook, available for iPhone, Android, and mobile web. The feedback on the mobile app was overwhelmingly positive last year; for the one person who actively disliked it, sorry, but you were badly outnumbered. So hopefully the app will again be a useful way to learn what is going on and get up-to-date data at all times. It also allows you to create your own schedule; note which events you want to attend, see them on your own listing/calendar, and get reminders. And as always, there will also be a workshop table where I’ll keep up-to-date listings of the workshops for the day.
As you’ll see, the schedule is looking very healthy and fun, but there is always room for more. If you have a workshop you want to teach, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you have in mind. If you are a workshop leader, and you see I’ve made a mistake in the schedule, please drop me an email and straighten me out.
Some things you’ll notice about the workshop schedule:
- Workshops begin at 10am each day, and end at 5pm each day (possibly with a few exceptions).
- I have tried to keep most workshops out of the 10am slot, since some of you appear to like to sleep in.
- I have tried to keep workshops out of the 12pm hour. I tried this out last year to give people a break to eat, and the feedback was again pretty resoundingly in favor of this plan.
- I have tried to avoid having workshops conflict with other big events at the fest.
- I always try not to put two workshops at the same time with similar subject matter.
- Workshops are once again rated as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. This is not meant to indicate how difficult it is; it is more a reflection of the barrier to entry. Any of you who have ever tried to learn head stalls, for example, will probably agree that it is very difficult at first. But there aren’t a lot of preexisting skills that help you along; just about anyone could show up to a head stalls workshop and give it a shot. So such a workshop would tend to be labeled Beginner.
- As we did last year, one track of workshops are primarily discussion/lecture style instead of hands-on workshops. All such workshops take place in the same location, and will have seating.
- Our workshop space this year in Bowling Green is actually a (very large) open space, divided up into 8 zones. For the most part, at this time the schedule is only making use of 4 of the 8, giving us plenty of room to grow. One of those 4 is the seating/discussion area. Another will have a permanent installation of an aerial fabric rig, thanks to Laura Ernst. There are a series of workshops on aerial fabric, taught by Laura and Craig Lewis. The rig will not generally be available when Laura or Craig are not there to supervise, for safety reasons. If you have experience and may want to make use of it outside of these workshops, I’d recommend introducing yourself to Laura. Her rig, her party, our benefit.
- A few workshops take place in other locations. For workshops that require a hard surface, we’ll be using the foyer of the Perry Field House. The paid special guest workshops and one other class-style workshop will take place in the Moore Music Building. A few special events take place in the main gym.
- For anyone looking to attend the special workshops by Thomas Dietz, Jay Gilligan, and/or Steven Ragatz, these require separate registration and a separate fee. If you preregistered, you are all set, and I’m jealous. If you wish to attend, but did not preregister, preregistration has closed, but you can register at the festival.
That mostly covers it. Less than a week until we’ll be there! Looking forward to seeing those of you I already know, and meeting some of you that I don’t yet know.