For three years now Fantasy Faire has included a Faireland dedicated to Arts and Entertainment. This is the place where the dance and particle performances take place, where art galleries are situated, where we host those parties too big to fit on the deck of our beloved party ship, The FaireChylde.
It all begun in 2014 when Haveit Neox set his marvelous art installation around the Palace of Tears, which was our hunt Faireland of the year. At the same time we gathered our first art gallery and placed the paintings on the walls of the Palace. The combination was so brilliant and pleased Her High Faireness so much that for 2015 Haveit Neox was invited to shape a whole world for this purpose.
After that we have seen Poseidon’s Abyss, Sapphire Mirror Lake and now this year, Opal Flight, grow to be a part of the Fairelands, always fitting in perfectly in the chain of worlds, offering an amazing exploration experience and providing wonderfully inspiring setting for the performances.
Each of these worlds created by Haveit Neox — and in growing amounts also Lilia Artis, who was mainly responsible for this year’s world and its story — changes in time, keeps growing through the Faire, ending in an amazing visual finale by the conclusion of the Faire. We could not hope for a better setting for the magic woven on stage.
This year we had 13 groups of performers and a busy entertainment schedule throughout the Faire. Some of them had only one show, some kept going almost daily throughout the Faire, but all of them added to the magic of the Fairelands. The amount of hours put into choreography, settings and practice is mindblowing, and it also showed. If you missed any of their shows, I hope you’ll go and find them in-world and catch one of their shows outside the Faire!
We want to thank the performers for adding their own enchantments to the magic of the Fairelands, thank them for being one with the Faire-Spirit and working together for a common goal. We want to thank Aelva for coordinating the performers, producing both her own show and the Faireland Players Much Ado About Nothing, bringing in new groups and working around the clock to make sure the Faire Folk would have only the best of shows. And we want to thank Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis for having embraced the Fairelands and shaping their own stories to life within them.
….an angry god caused a huge flood. The giant wave destroyed civilizations, extinguished mythical creatures, and washed off all colour on the surface of the earth….
And so begins the story of Opal Flight, the place for Art and Entertainment on the Fairelands, created by Haveit Neox and Lillia Artis. (read this interview with these great builders, for the rest of the story!)
Opal Flight is that place you go to and dive underwater to enjoy the art, the fish and the colours. A perfect spot to unwind after exploring and/or partying or to float about when waking up!
Oh and in case you think you need to hurry, as today is the last day of the Fantasy Faire: fear not, here is a surprise!
Even though our planned programming is ending with a six hour closing party on Monday, May 1 from 1-7pm SLT, there is no reason to be sad because we have the Fairelands to roam around until THURSDAY the 4th of May!
As long as the Fairelands are here, the quest is playable and shopping and exploring encouraged! Event times and places
Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis, the world builders of Opal Flight, share with us their reasons to return and create worlds for the Faire, the Story of Opal Flight, and their favourite Faire-memories!
You two have grown to become a part of the Fairelands with your realms that are perfect for arts and entertainment, as a stage for performances and as inspiring exhibitions in their own right. Do the realms you’ve brought to life connect to each other in any fashion, is there any lore or story or theme that they share, or are they all their own separate worlds?
Haveit: Our use of the mythological centaurs once again return to Fantasy Faire this year. By revisiting previous themes, it gives a sense of ongoing history to the sim. We also like to expand the mythological cast in the sim’s story, and this year, Lilia has introduced her harpies who have their own tale.
Lilia: With the expansion we try to achieve a working balance of the known, like meeting an old friend who makes you feel comfortable, yet also bring in new aspects, the unknown, like a new acquaintance that makes you feel excited and curious. Somehow we feel you need both, in life it might be the reliability and the challenge.
What is new in your Second Life, what have you been up to the last year?
Lilia: My SL life changed quite a bit since last year and I needed to cut down my time in the virtual world. I am still trying to figure out what to focus on here and what changes to make but the road to take is beginning to show itself. Somehow Fantasy Faire was an eye opener in many ways. It felt wonderful to work for a good cause and with likeminded people who give their best to make the Faire a special, unique event. And, life presenting its strange twists, shortly after the Faire a family member got diagnosed with cancer which came like a shock, as to everyone. I guess I don’t have to describe what it means for the family and how it affects our lives. So this year I am not just working for a good cause, I also do relay and the work for Fantasy Faire definitely has become my priority in SL.
Haveit: For the past year, I have been very busy working on two RL art projects and creating exhibits in Second Life. Presently, I am showing my exhibit “Bleeding Books” at the Split Screen Installation Space. Ironically Bleeding Books will come down at the same time as Fantasy Faire, so I will have to say farewell twice.
How was Opal Flight born? What inspired it, what is its story?
Haveit: Shortly after Fantasy Faire ended last year, and we’d received a warm invite to return the following year, Lilia had an idea almost immediately and most enthusiastically. She told me her idea of huge garden plants dominating a mostly white surface world, and drew out a simple plan to show me. I gravitated to her idea right away. She knows how I love to build under water, and suggested we make it a fun place for the Second Life Mer community to explore, and that I bring back my centaurs into the sunken civilization. Having the story clearly laid out, the next step was to share in the building and creation of textures, which we both shared above and below the ocean. Lilia would describe the story best, as it is hers.
Lilia: The long version of the story is already published on the Fantasy Faire website, on the Opal Flight page. The short version is that this is a story about mourning a loss, craving what you never had and how to come to terms with both. It includes the various ways of help we get on our journey, the good and the not so good. All this is clad in scales and feathers as the main protagonists are fish and harpies.
Do you have favourite Faire memories? What are you looking forward to most this year in the Fairelands?
Haveit: Last year, a group of fantasy avatars as well as centaurs, surprised Lilia and I at the sim we built. Our story was about the lost centaurs of the ancients, but through the magic of the virtual world, and many real hearts, the sight of a group of marvelous creatures flooding into the sim brought both Lilia and I to tears – no exaggeration. She and I were on Skype at that moment, and shared our deep delight with each other. There are many fine memories from the past, Fantasy Faire’s community is ripe with all kinds of wonders. As this year’s Faire begins, I’m already having lots of fun. Our neighbors have been great! While the sim builders were setting up, at about the half way mark, I noticed a rather amazing colossus on Fallen Sands. This is a mechanical bird, craning its house-sized head well into Opal Flight, displaying its grandeur in many subtle tones of rust. This metallic visitor needed sustenance, for its belly was plainly empty. I transformed one of my little birds into a like sized giant, as it offers a tasty rusted cog, large enough to satisfy the hugest appetite. On the other side of Opal Flight, is the border with Mudrana. Their green cliffs open into a mysterious path, with fine landscaping tempting the eye just paces ahead. I love working on sim borders, blending them in, especially when my neighbors have such original ideas! The Fairelands is full of creativity no matter where you venture. Certainly this is true of the performances as well. From plays, dances, story readings, fine art in the galleries, sim tours, particle shows, and on and on, the Fairelands provide visitors with ample fine entertainment and education. Once a year we all have this opportunity to enjoy the rich content of Fantasy Faire, knowing well that it’s impossible to see it all, yet anything you catch will be superb.
Lilia: I guess my most favourite memory is that of the centaur stampede too. But actually I have so many fine memories of the past event that they weave a colourful picture, almost like a unique quilt with its own history. I miss last year’s builds and wish I could dwell there one more time and I welcome this years’ new treasures which I will keep in my heart together with the old ones. And I love the performances. Of course we also watch them as sim builders to see if the stage we designed works and what needs change or improvement were we to do another event. But I am always totally floored by the passionate creativity of the shows. And I guess being a sheep in one of them might become one of our favourite memories. After all we stick to the animal tradition: from centaur to sheep… To finish my collection of wonderful memories I have to mention one encounter this year that was very special to me. When I entered Faireland Junction, I felt flung back into childhood. I grew up in a forest and to me as a child it was full of magic, life and beauty. Its serenity filled me with awe no human build ever since could. Seeing the Junction, it suddenly was right back and in front of my eyes, that special atmosphere only huge forests possess. I am very grateful for the time jump I experienced and felt reconnected, as much as I feel grateful for the numerous positive experiences Fantasy Faire offers each year.
Thank you, Haveit and Lilia, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing your worlds to the Fairelands and sharing their stories with us, year after year!
It started in The Palace of Tears in 2014. For the first time in Faire-history we gathered, curated and set out an art gallery of Second Life fantasy art. We wanted to showcase how varied our fantasy lives in here are, how many forms you can take, how limitless your looks can be, how truly only imagination is the limit in this shared world of ours.
That has been the guideline ever since. Variety in fantasy forms, inspiration in character creation, talent in photographic arts. Every spring we try to find new art for the gallery, check previous artists for new fantasy work and try to find new artists to complement the collection. Each artist is contacted personally for permission and given the possibility to choose their own suggestions for the gallery.
This year we again have not one, but two galleries. One underwater, one above it. Both are located in Opal Flight, in our Arts and Entertainment sim.