A UTOPIA  IS AN IMAGINED COMMUNITY or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect “place” that has been designed so there are no problems.


PHOTOGRAPHY: JANSEN VAN STADEN
WORDS: RICK DE LA RAY


A UTOPIA  IS AN IMAGINED COMMUNITY or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect “place” that has been designed so there are no problems.

The latter being exactly what we found as we entered the 24 hour festival know as Little Gig which took place earlier this year on the Wiesenhof farm in the Simonsberg mountains, Stellenbosch. A euphoric sense of bohemia spreads itself all round as what seems to be a warm up for the AfrikaBurn festival moved into motion. But here everything is really free and plenty of it and seeing that the tickets are very limited the exceptionally controlled environment they created for their participants was of the highest calibre.

From the carefully curated line up of artists to the selected chefs and alcohol connoisseurs  one would expect a frenzy of festival mobsters swarming the food courts and random dispensers. Instead everyone seemed to float around  flaunting their costumes or eccentric souls to one another. No shame and no blame. A highly recommended experience which was not taken for granted by any of its followers. In some ways this “experiment” gives us a glimpse in to how the  human race could coexist in a hopefully not so distantfuture.

 


INFO: www.littlegig.co.za