A temporary village will be constructed, to house the carnival crew and support experiments with radical simplicity, resourcefulness, and ecologically responsible models for living. What might this look like?

  • Using repurposed material to build camp structures and production material (puppets, props, costumes, stage, stoves, bike trailers, etc)
  • Cooking together (with food gleaned from local food sources) with solar ovens and rocket stoves, to diminish use of fossil fuels.
  • Travelling by a veggie-oil bus as well as a mighty and colorful fleet of bicycles.
  • Generating electricity with bicycle generators.
  • Practicing conflict transformation and transparency within the group.
  • Operating in the gift economy, with meals that are open to the public, no admission to the events, and freely shared resources and relationships.

This is a Holy Game

We know that we need, as a people, to move toward more sustainable ways of living; ways that don’t entail such horrible human and environmental exploitation. In many ways, such a move would be more of a return to the practices of our ancestors: graceful ways of living peaceably with the planet. Many of these ways would now be called primitive. So, as an experiment and a holy game, the carnival will be living as much as possible the way we understand that traveling band societies lived. What will it look like? What problems will arise when we try to apply this primitive mode of living in a modern urban context? We think the results will be funny, educational, good for conversation, and fun for host neighborhoods to watch.