There seems to be at times extraordinary variance in how media and authorities reflect publicly to different events.
I say publicly only because often I reflect (as I did here yesterday) on the collaborative and positive relationship Rainbow Serpent Festival seems to have with their stakeholders onsite and in the debrief room compared to what the media would have us believe.
Just a day after I was told that one media organisation "may have overdone it" by the reporting journalist I get sent this clipping from a Pyrenees paper.
People are waking up to the disparity between how "culturally safe" events like horse racing and rock concerts are reported on compared with events which are more fringe and perhaps harder for the mainstream to relate to.
That would be because RSF are not sitting on their hands and are pushing important reform issues into the public sphere without fear. Keep on your path Tim Harvey, you are on the right side of history and RSF will one day be vindicated for their stance I'm sure. 🙏👊
They'd get the same result drug testing any weekend in the city.
Indeed the truth!
Rainbow Serpent Festival had its stakeholder debrief last Friday and I was admittedly feeling slightly trepidatious as I drove to Beaufort. The post event media coverage was pretty extreme and I was wary of a potentially hostile room.
My fears were unfounded however. Generally every stakeholder had parise for how well the festival is run and the feeling in the room was collaborative supportive and productive. Sure there is room for improvement, always is but you could have seriously been talking about a different event to the one portrayed in the media.
I'm not sure how we combat the desire to sensationalise. I had one reporter on the phone just this morning admitting the organisation they worked for had gone a bit "over the top". The call had come down from above for "more stories."
Either way something to think about and work on I guess. <3Rainbow Serpent Festival would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to all stakeholders who participated in our 22nd gathering this January.
Our stakeholder debrief meeting was held last Friday in Beaufort and while there are always opportunities for improvement it was very reassuring (considering the tone of the post event media coverage) to hear from different groups including emergency services that they recognise the incredible effort our team puts into running a world class major event and how well we actually do it.
Rainbow Serpent Festival continues to be an industry leader in Australia across a range of areas from health and harm reduction to sustainability. We continuously review our policies and procedures and seek to be ahead of the curve by advocating for world’s best practice care and event production.
Big love to the amazing extended festival community including all our stakeholders for working with us collaboratively to make Rainbow Serpent Festival a reality each year. <3
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I just realised you were in my dream last night Tim! We were fighting aliens in some weird dystopian world.
Anyway, sorry for irrelevant comment... love your work!!!
Maybe create some really positive fake news about the event to keep them busy... like... Jimmy Barnes played a surprise set on the Market... or give Rupert Murdoch a really good VJ set on the Mainy so he filters the media in return
Yes Tim Harvey! 👏
Fabulous Tim. Definitely need to stop reading and start ignoring mainstream media. As in everything, the media no longer reflects the reality of perceptions of Rainbow in any way shape or form. We should call them all out on this.
Great work! It's nice to know that there is community recognition for all the effort put in.
Rainbow Serpent does an amazing job! All involved should be very proud of the world class event that is. Can’t wait to return!
That is excellent Tim. Well done!
To all my NZ and muslim friends my deepest love and sorrow for what has happened in Christchurch. Just so fucking insanely ridiculous that people can't critically think their way out of being asshole fascists nutjobs. 🙁
Rest, assured in the knowledge you have an inspirational, visionary and courageous leader and while Australia is probably the "problem" cousin in the relationship these days the vast majority of us stand right by your side. <3
Heal well my Kiwi friends. xx
PS. Huge FU to the media who gave this loonatic the air time he was after by publishing content and videos that were streamed!
Totally with you on this Tim. Religion or left wing right wing is not the problem. The issue is people believing they are different to others. Our media and elected officials keep up this manifesto of us versus them and breeding hate - and then surprise, surprise this is the shite that is created.
Love and togetherness will overcome this. And then maybe we can come together to address the issues in the world that don’t give a damn about what side of the wall you sit on