Role: Event Manager, Assistant Creative Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Writer
400 guest event at Children's Fairyland in Oakland
For: the Latitude Society by Nonchalance
What do you do when you have a 40' parade dragon collecting dust in storage? You write her a song and throw her a party, of course!
In addition to fabulous musical acts, delicious cocktails, and the rare treat of romping around one of the country's most historic theme parks, my favorite part of this event was how it gave a creative platform to the artistic community -- a larger-than-life symbiotic expression for the large creative group.
A scavenger hunt to find a missing dragon led game-minded guests to play their way through a number of volunteer-driven interactions, including a fisherman fishing for fallen stars, a spice-trading pirate ship, an art stamp window by the EPS, a Spirit Realm Tea House (fashioned by the Honey Tea Truck of Everyhere Logistics), and more. Once the stars were all returned to their proper constellation, the dragon appeared in a cloud of smoke and ringing temple bells to lead the crowd in a parade and dance party. Because dragons, as everyone knows, love to dance.
For less gamish of the crowd, an open world layout allowed for engagement at any speed. Coolly observe the spectacle, cocktail in hand, from the vantage of a treehouse, catch up with old and new friends at the corral, quiet your mind in a guided group meditation, or head straight for the dance floor. Adventures abound for you to choose.