Upcoming Filk Conventions
@tuneslayer2018 Jan 2
I wanted to draw people's attention to two filk conventions happening on opposite ends of the country in the next few weeks leading up to FAWM:
GAFILK -- held in Atlanta, Georgia January 11-13. Information is available at gafilk dot org
CONFLIKT -- held in Seatac, Washington (across the street from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) January 25-27. Information available at conflikt dot org (URLs obscured so the admins don't think I'm spamming)
What is "filk", you ask? It started out as folk-style music made by science fiction fans about their favorite books and movies and TV shows, much like people write fan fiction or draw fan art. However, it has grown and expanded to be more of a participatory musical genre, where people write and perform songs on a wide variety of topics. Some filkers have gained reputations in the world at large; Frank Hayes, for instance, wrote a song used as wake-up music for the astronauts on a Space Shuttle mission, and Tom Smith wrote a semi-official theme song for Talk Like A Pirate Day.
I find filk conventions to be great fun; I get to hang out with musicians who share some of my non-musical interests, and I tend to come away ready to write and perform more songs. I'll be at Conflikt -- if you see me there, say hello!
@pearlmanhattan Jan 2
I wish I could attend conflict but I have no childcare and cannot afford the tickets or parking. Have a good time for me. It is also my birthday weekend.
@tawny249 Jan 11
I would have loved to go to Conflikt. It is sadly not in my budget. 😞 I hope you have an awesome time though.