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The event will be held from Sunday June 22nd – Sunday June 29th—seven days of amazing exhibits, music, conversation, debate, firework displays, games, puzzles, sports and everything else the wonderfully inventive communities of Second Life™ can pack into seven days and 11 sims.

Actually, even that won’t be the end of it, as the sims will be open for a further seven days for everyone to explore.

 

What’s our theme?

The theme this year takes inspiration from a quote by the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill:

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

Last year’s theme was “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” but we focused mostly on looking back, and rightly so, as 10 years was an important milestone and a perfect opportunity to reflect back on where we came from.

This year it’s time to look forward; to imagine where we are headed.

When Winston Churchill said this in 1943, he could not have imagined a virtual world like Second Life, but now, more than seventy years later, his words have come true in this new world that we have created.

If there’s one thing that makes SL unique, it’s our community of users. Users from all corners of the globe come together under a single umbrella to build a community that comes from our minds and our imaginations. Everything we see, touch and use in Second Life is a product of our imaginations, our minds, and our community.

And this year, at the SL11B Community Celebration, we want to celebrate precisely that!

Get thinking. Get imagining. Get creative!

SL11B Logo

SL11B Logo


How do I get involved?

Applications are now open for Performers, Volunteers and speakers and performers  in the Auditorium. We will need lots of volunteers to make this a success, so please consider whether you can give some time to helping out. We can promise you a lot of fun!

Applications for Exhibitors (i.e. people who want a plot to build on) will open on April 27th.

The closing date for Exhibitor, Performer and Auditorium applications is May 26th.

 

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by following this blog, and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

We also have a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/pool/

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The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

Today is the last chance to visit the One Billion Rising regions and see the art installations, the fabulous stage created by Victor1st Mornington and the beautiful gardens and landscaping created by Aisling Sinclair.

Everything will be taken down today, ready to return the islands tomorrow morning – but we’ll be closing with a take down party! Join us on OBR Dance! (or Rise, Release or Justice!).

Looking towards the Meditation Park - landscaped by Aisling Sinclair

Looking towards the Meditation Park – landscaped by Aisling Sinclair

The party starts at 2pm with Victor1st Mornington as DJ. At 4pm, Samm Quendra will be singing live … and then we will close out the event after that.

Don’t miss it!

One Billion Rising Stage at night

One Billion Rising Stage at night

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Avi Choice poster

Avi Choice poster

Today is the last day to vote for the Avi Choice Awards!  You still have time to vote in the four areas: Entertainment Categories; Fashion Categories; Home and Garden Categories; and Miscellaneous Categories.

Prim Perfect is thrilled to be nominated (for the third year running) for Favorite Magazine, Newspaper or Periodical, and Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting! have both been nominated in the Favorite SL TV Show. We find ourselves among many friends on the list – and it’s exciting for all of us to have been nominated.  Last year, we were thrilled to be chosen for Prim Perfect magazine – and it’s an honour to be chosen to be there again.

And you still have time to go and vote!

With some many people nominated and so many others eager to attend, it has been hugely difficult to fit everyone in to the Avi Awards venue, and some people have been unable to get tickets.

But, in fact, you can have a party of your own! Aview TV, who are providing the streaming for the event, have supplied us with moddable TV screens that you can take and set up in your own locations. You can watch the livestream feed – from 3pm on Sunday 15th December – and take part in the online chat!

A corner of the Avi Choice Award Theatre

A corner of the Avi Choice Award Theatre

The show will also be available on the web at http://aviewtv.com/live.

Why not host your own Avies Party?

Aview TV

Aview TV

You can set up the screen on your own land, mod it to a large size, and watch the show with all your friends (or cuustomers).  The advantage is that the location may not be quite so lagged – and you can also throw popcorn at the screen if your favourites don’t win!

NB throwing popcorn at the live Avi Choice event is not looked on with any favour …

You can collect your TVs from:
Prim Perfect Head Offices
Designing Worlds StudioThe Daily Prim in Seraph City
The Primgraph Press in Caledon
Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Second Life Christmas Expo

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Outside the The Thanksgiving House

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 25th November, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a very special show to celebrate the creativity of Second life design!

Thanksgiving (and the US Thanksgiving happens this Thursday) is a time for giving thanks – and so this year for our annual Thanksgiving show, we decided to give thanks for the amazing design work that is being carried out in mesh.

The Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving Dinner

To do this, we asked the team behind the group Mesh Creative to host our Thanksgiving Dinner, in a house specially created, landscaped and furnished for this very special occasion!

We were joined by Loz Hyde of Meshworx, Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Designs, Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Lilith Heart of Heart Botanicals and Pamela Galli of La Galleria, while Samantha Ohrberg acted as cat herder! Other designers whose work appears on the show include Froukje Hoorenbeeke of Dutchie, Domineax Prospero of The Domineaux Effect and Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea, among others. And the walls are decorated with some beautiful Second Life Art.

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Inside the Thanksgiving House

There’s some fantastic creativity on display here – and many reasons to be thankful for the amazingly creative designers of Second Life! So … do join us at 2pm today.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a special showing on Aview TV – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Come for Coffee!

Come for Coffee!

The Macmillan Coffee Morning is this Friday (27th September) when we’ll be holding a special coffee morning at the Prim Perfect Head Offices from 11am – 3pm SLT.

There will be virtual coffee and cake … and fantastic music from DJs Victor1st Mornington (from 11am – 1pm) and David Abbott (1pm – 3pm). 

Cake Day

Cake Day is Coming!

And there will be cake too … people have been sending in their recipes – and you will be able to buy these – along with a slice of virtual cake!

All the money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support – you can also donate directly at the Prim Perfect Just Giving site (the name of the person behind the site is Saffia’s real life identity).

If you’d like to contribute a cake (or a recipe) of your own – go here.

And don’t miss the Coffee Morning that Metaverse TV will be holding too!

Their Coffee Morning will be held on Pearl Island, part of the Metaverse TV installation, which has been home to The Gerry Blache Virtual Project for a few months now.  Entitled, “A Wonderful Gift,” a film streams in-world at the Island, in which Gerry talks about her diagnosis of cancer, her experience with the professionals, and family around her. Metaverse TV runs the film in five parts, and Pearl Island is open 24/7.

Talking About Cancer on Pearl Island

Talking About Cancer on Pearl Island

It is Gerry’s wish that anyone wishing to do so would donate to the Macmillan Organization and the wonderful Macmillan Nurses.  The more money raised, the more accessibility to this invaluable service that can be facilitated.  A collection box is located on Pearl Island, where Metaverse TV has been been accepting donations on behalf of the Macmillan Fund.

The coffee morning at Metaverse TV will start at 7am and continue until “we drop!” they promise.

So why not take in both coffee mornings on September 27th, and support a really wonderful charity?

Coffee at Prim Perfect

Coffee at Prim Perfect

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Do you have a favourite cake recipe? Share it with Prim Perfect – and you can help us raise money to fight against cancer!

Coffee at Prim Perfect

Come for Coffee at Prim Perfect!

 Every year the world’s biggest coffee morning is organised in the United Kingdom by Macmillan Cancer Support to raise money for its work in the fight against cancer. In 2012, 115,000 people signed up, raising nearly £15,000,000 – that’s nearly US$23,400,000.

How do they raise the money with a coffee morning?
The event started in 1990 when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle – as they might ordinarily do – but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.

Coffee Morning at Prim Perfect Head Offices

Coffee Morning at Prim Perfect Head Offices

The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective, one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £75 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Prim Perfect is getting involved too!
This year, the World’s Biggest Coffee is on September 27th 2013 – and Prim Perfect will be holding a special coffee morning at our Headquarters to raise money for the event. The event will be held at Pointe LaRue Isle from 11am to 3pm SLT – and along with cake and coffee, there will be music to dance to as well!

How do you hold a coffee morning in a virtual world?
Well, we will be selling slices of cake… but when you buy a slice, in addition to the slice of virtual cake, you will also get a real recipe – so you can make the cake in your First Life and enjoy it with family and friends.

How can I contribute?
1. You can come to the coffee morning and buy some cake!

2. You can make a cake, add your favourite recipe, and send it (full perms) to Zadira Barzane, who will be putting them out on offer for the coffee morning.  If you are not an experienced builder, there are instruction how to make simple cakes on Page 114 of the latest issue of Prim Perfect – and the inworld issue has a free giveaway toolbox to help you!

Make a Cake Against Cancer!

Make a Cake Against Cancer!

3. Or you can send your recipe to Zadira Barzane inworld or at zadira.barzane@gmail.com – and we will bake a cake for you!

3. You can host your own coffee morning anywhere on the grid – and send the money to our Just Giving page. This money will be registered (so we can see how much we raise through the coffee morning) and will be sent securely and directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

On the grid, all the money from cakes and donations will go to an avatar we have created especially for the event – Macmillan CoffeeMorning (with a registered name of CoffeeMorning Resident).

Metaverse TV
Dousa Dragonash and Metaverse TV are also organising an event that will go on over the whole weekend – we’ll have more on that shortly!

Macmillan's Coffee Morning

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning

Macmillan in Second Life
Macmillan Cancer Support do have an office inworld which opened in 2007 (not 2008, as this article states): http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/206/macmillan_launches_cancer_centre_in_second_life, and they also held a coffee morning in 2007. The site is still there – although the links to some of the materials seem to be out of date. The office is maintained by the development team that brought Macmillan inworld, but there is no longer any active engagement by Macmillan on the grid.

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Two weeks ago, the flags were raised to signify that the SL10B Community Celebration was open.

Flags flying over the SL10B Community Celebration

Flags flying over the SL10B Community Celebration

Now, two weeks later, the event is coming to an end and the flags will be lowered at 12 noon on Saturday 29th June.

Once again, the idea is that as many people as possible can watch the flags lowered, marking the end of the Celebration. The flags are stationed around the sims (you can see their locations marked with red X‘s on the map below).

Position of Flags for the Opening Ceremony

Position of Flags for the Closing Ceremony

You don’t have to land right on top of a flag (that would be rather painful!). The idea is to land close – you’ll be able to find a spot where you can see the flags lifting!

Following the flag ceremony, there will be fireworks (organised by Marianne McCann) at the gorgeous Cake Stage (which will be viewable from many points).

The Cake Stage

The Cake Stage

And to round off events, from 1pm – 9pm SLT, there will be a party on the fabulous Turtle Stage on SL10B Impressive and SL10B Spellbound. Details of the DJs who’ll be performing will be published soon.

So come and join us for the Closing of Second Life’s 10th Birthday Community Celebrations – and then stay to enjoy the party!

The Turtle Stage

The Turtle Stage

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There are exciting things going on at the Second Life Community Celebrations!

Linden Gift Vendor

Linden Gift Vendor

Firstly, in special Linden vendors set up around the sims, you’ll find exclusive limited Linden gifts (some are also available on the Marketplace), but each is only available for a limited time. We can’t tell you when an item will be ready for grabbing or even what might be offered at any given time. You’ll find one vendor near the Welcome Area on SL10B Beguile – or have fin hunting down the others – and see some very cool exhibits on the way!

Photo Contest Voting Board

Photo Contest Voting Board

Secondly, we need you to vote in our Photo Contest! You might remember that we asked you to take photographs that matched the theme: “Looking Forward, Looking Back”. We have selected the best of these and have placed them out for you to vote on. Which do YOU like best? Come and register your choice!

The Board is located near the Welcome Area in Beguile – and maybe you can pick up a free gift from the Linden vendor at the same time!

Pssst … we’ll have news of another great Photo Contest soon … so keep reading the blog!

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Sl10B is finally here! Photograph by Rico Saenz

Sl10B is finally here! Photograph by Rico Saenz

The Sl10B Community Celebrations open today at 12 noon SLT – with music on all four stages!

And at 1pm, there will be a special Opening Ceremony – and we want you there to be a part of it.

So that as many people as possible can share in the Opening, there will be a very simple ceremony taking place in most of the twenty sims.

Across the sims, there will be groups of flags. At 1pm SLT, all the flags will be raised to symbolise the start of SL10B CC. The flags will fly throughout the week, not to be lowered again until the end of the event.

The Flags waiting to be raised by the Auditorium

The Flags waiting to be raised by the Auditorium

Raising and lowering a flag is a very simple ceremony, but an important one. It marks the beginning and end of the Olympics and other special events; in some countries, the raising and lowering of a flag might mark the beginning and end of a school day. In Second Life, doing this on as many sims as possible, all at the same time, means that as many people can attend as possible — and it is symbolic of the way so many people in so many countries can come together in Second Life and share the experience. So we will all share the experience of seeing the flags lift.

You can choose your own vantage point, as you can see a group of flags from almost everywhere. You’ll find them positioned near the edge of sims – and we’ll be posting a full list of locations soon both to the groups and on the blog.

We hope you will be able to join in this very special Opening.

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The SL10B regions quiet and empty …

Map of the SL10B Community Celebration regions

Map of the SL10B Community Celebration regions

Oh, periodically you might see a green dot on one or another. Some setting up the infrastructure, assigning parcels. Or maybe someone working quietly on one of the awesome stages or the welcome area,

But, basically, deserted.

All this will change tomorrow, Sunday 26th May, when the regions open to exhibitors and building begins. You’ll see all the regions start to fill with little green busy dots.

Those flat green squares? Watch them fill up on the map with all kinds of awesome.

Acceptances are still going out, so don’t panic if you haven’t had yours yet. There’s still time to hear.

And tomorrow … building will start!

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