my heart beats faster during Fringe

My heart beats faster during Fringe
It is no longer tied to the rhythm of the day-to-day everyday
The 9 to 5
Store opening hours
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
What are these things!?
My heart no longer knows
It is much, MUCH too caught up
In the shows, people, performers, beer, reunions, new connections, buzz, reviews, recommendations, crushes, flings, late night anything, shows, shows, and more shows
That are my reason to live for the next ten days
For the next ten days, I draw breath from a different place
No longer dependent on such mortal reminders as oxygen
Food
And sleep
I now run ON THE FESTIVAL!
On the passion, time, talent (and probably tears) that artists have infused into their work
On the societal rules that no longer apply – in this land, you DO talk to strangers; if you haven’t yet, you’re doing it wrong (though really, this is Fringe – be you!)
Yes, I run on apricot beer too (I need *something* to keep my gears grinding)
This festival is good for the soul
Good for the planet
(Probably not good for the waistline, but at this festival, no one cares about waistlines)
This festival is good for HUMANITY
SO HOP ON BOARD
See a show!
See another show!
See twenty shows!
See ALL THE SHOWS!!!
Don’t burn out
Don’t crash
Don’t be alone
Don’t let yourself be let down – ever
Our hearts each beat to a different drum
But during Fringe, it begins to sound like our rhythms are as one
So beat your own drum, and never stop
Drumming circles exist for a reason, and there is plenty of room in this one
Calmness is overrated
Bang on
FRINGE HAS BEGUN!

-June 14, 2012

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About whoseroses

Rose is an arts administrator from Victoria, BC. She has worked at some of Canada's biggest and best festivals, including the Victoria Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival. She co-founded the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival, and helps produce the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Rose is a graduate of Camosun College's Applied Communication Program, and is passionate about theatre, spoken word, comedy, and her community. She runs on festivals.
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