When you work on an arts festival you spend every waking moment with the same group people for a concentrated period of time and you tend to have a lot of random and awesome conversations.
At EWF this year, I seemed to have those kinds of conversations every day with different people. Here’s a sample*.
Me: You know that lingerie place in QV?
Emmyrose: I think so.
Me: It’s closing down and everything is half price.
Emmyrose: Oh cool! You know, I need some more pretty undies.
Me: Yeah, I was thinking the other day that I should have all pretty undies. I mean, there’s no reason you have to have granny undies.
Emmyrose: Oh my god, me and my flatmate were saying the same thing the other day!
Me: Oh cool! So do you want to go on a shopping spree this week?
Emmyrose: Not sure, I can’t think of any spare time I might have.
Me: Yeah, good point.
Me: You know, we should start a movement.
Me: A social movement. About pretty undies.
Emmyrose: Yes! The pretty undie movement!
Emmyrose: Totally. Just imagine the Twitter stream.
Between Dirty Words and trying to find somewhere that was still cooking at 11pm on a Wednesday
Alan Bissett: Everyone seems to love me. What could I do to screw it up?
Me: Act like a wanker.
Alan: OK, I’ll look out for that.
Me: But we’ll probably tall-poppy you before it comes to that.
Alan: Yeah, I get that impression.
Me: Anyway, we mostly like you because you brought Kirstin.
Alan: Was that tall-poppying?
In Rue Bebelons sometime after midnight sometime during the festival
Me: You’re Ryan Paine?
Ryan: Um, yes.
Me: Oh my god, I’ve had you quoted on my Facebook profile for months!
Ryan: Wow. That’s…So what am I saying on your Facebook profile?
Me: Something über profound about how we think we have our shit together but we don’t… it’s from a blog post of yours I think. A friend tweeted a link. I think. Hang on, I’ll see if my phone knows.
Ryan: Cool. What’s your Twitter handle?
Ryan: Oh, are you the one whose Twitter profile says you’re a “corporate-arty hybrid”?
Ryan: What exactly do you mean by that?
Me: Well, corporations own and run the world so clearly they know how to get shit done and I think we should use their strategies and processes to make arts projects sustainable.
Ryan: That’s what I hoped you meant! I’ve been thinking that for years. We should talk about this some more.
Me: Yeah, some other time when there’s less wine involved.
Me: Oh here you go, my phone finally loaded my profile.
Ryan: Cool. [Reads.] Yeah, that is pretty profound.
[Chuckles all round.]
* This is how I remember them. They’re almost definitely significantly paraphrased.