We had a fundraiser party at the maker space for the « nuit blanche » last Saturday. Nuit blanche is an event every year when the metro and museums are open all night, there is a bunch of art in the city and lots of events. Our party was a bit last minute, it was more of a test run to see the demand so maybe we can apply for art grants next year.
It was a simple setup - fire and some lights outside, DJ inside with a bar and chill area. Entry was free and we were fundraising with the bar sales. It started off slow, but then I think word got around and we reached the 100 people capacity. People were waiting outside in the cold forever, and it was a bit crazy. I guess that’s what happens when there is no cover charge. I spent most of my night at the door because my friend running it was hilarious. It felt like a scene from an absurd movie - chaos and cold outside, my friend in a fascist looking jacket and a Hawaiian shirt drawing circles on the smokers hands, yelling at the line with a megaphone telling them the party is almost over and they should just go home, my other friend giggling and watching the baby monitor while the dad dances, some drugged out weirdo rambling about who knows what, DJs complaining their friends were stuck outside and nobody giving a shit... our tag line the whole night was « it’s free! »
The real party was after anyway - we cleaned everything up and danced, hung out and had fun. Sometimes I wonder how I got so unbelievably lucky with the people that surround me :)