Originally published at TheNewDaily.com.au
Bog snorkelling? Hospital bed racing? In 2014 One-Small-World.com goes in search of Europe’s silliest and strangest festivals on a quest to discover why almost every culture loves to court the bizarre.
We humans are an odd bunch at the best of times. Couple that with our love of a party and voila! our own strange tendencies become a cultural occasion.
We humans are an odd bunch so this year One Small World will be undertaking an ambitious project to document some of the weird and wonderful things that we do!
European Bazaar will be an adventure through some of Europe’s most bizarre festivals and celebrations; from Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling in Wales to the Mud Olympics in Germany, from the Hopping Procession of Echternach in Luxembourg to the pirate invasion festival of Es Firo in Majorca, One Small World will be bringing you exclusive photo, video and words from across this alternative map of Europe.
What is a country? Why is it that kings and queens have more right to lay claim to land and sea than you or I do? Yet there is an alternative globe of the world, one that not only includes ‘macro-nations’ such as Australia and the US, but also the ‘micronations’ of the world, like Molossia or the Grand Duchy of Avram.
So what are some of the tricks behind organising a big project as a journalist. Well, I had no idea prior to diving head first into arranging my upcoming European Bazaar festival extravaganza!
I’ve just guest blogged over at Modonews, about some of the things I’ve learnt in the planning. A little glimpse into the goals and the goings-on behind the scenes at One Small World.
In March this year One Small World will be heading off to discover Europe’s strangest festivals. Yet how could it be appropriate to look beyond the borders of my own country without having first turned a critical eye on Australia’s own taste for the strange…?
In a country that loves to build large-scale pseudo-shrines to its endemic animals (see The Big Merino, The Big Lobster etc) it’s probably no surprise that Australians have devoted one of their strangest cultural events to our favourite adopted animal; the cow.
Once upon a time the world seemed more fluid than it does today. The borders of countries waxed and waned with their fortunes; nations winked into (and then out of) existence in the blink of a historian’s proverbial eye.
Yet these days we look at our maps and such things feel far more fixed. With the exception of an East/West Germany here, and a post-Soviet ‘Stan there, it hardly seems like the borders on our modern globes have changed very much. Yet you would be very wrong to assume so…
One of the defining characteristics of humanity is our need for fuel beyond our basic requirements of food, water and sunshine. Our ability to utilise fuel underpins everything from the cars we drive to the food we eat. If the lights went out and our factories became silent the world as we know it would grind to a standstill.