Newsletter September 2013
September is upon us and be sure Loesje is out there conquering the world. She will get help from Sandra who just started to work for Loesje International and she will introduce herself in this newsletter. Loesje Poland is heading for the big murals (one of the texts for the murals you can already find in the series) and soon there will be some international writing sessions with several loesje countries involved. And of course Loesje is already busy preparing for her 30th birthday.
The International Series of the Month
Welcome Sandra to International
Hi everybody, my name is Sandra. I’m working on my bachelor social work at the HAN in Nijmegen and I’m in my third year right now. From the month September I’ll be an intern at the Loesje office in Arnhem, for ten months.
I already stuck my first posters. Together with Kaat, Mechteld and the other new interns, I went to Ede and Utrecht to visit some student homes and stuck posters on the walls of the toilets. It was a nice day and I got the change to get to know my new colleagues a little bit better.
Upcoming months I’m going to help Ralph, to give Loesje international a restart. I also want to think along and cooperate as much as possible with all the Loesje projects and activities that happen and eventually work out my own ideas.
Last weekend for example I talked with other members about the 30th birthday of Loesje and how we are going to celebrate that. I’m really looking forward to elaborate this further. Hopefully I’ll meet many of you at the anniversary weekend in November. It would be really nice to get to know Loesje members from all over the world and have a great time together.
Loesje in America
Thanks to Agnieszka from Loesje Poland, Loesje is finally spreading her word in the United States.
Will this be the beginning of Loesje America?
Loesje 30th Birthday
After Summercamp there is another big event coming up. Loesje as an organization will turn 30 on the 24th of November and of course we will not let this moment pass unnoticed. A Loesje festival spearheaded by an International Assembly will take place from the 21th till the 24th of November.
The assembly and the festival will be held in Loesje's own hometown Arnhem. There is not much more that we can tell at the moment apart from the fact that it will be terrific. So mark these dates in your agenda and we will keep you updated about this special event.
For questions and suggestions you can contact Ralph at email@example.com
Summercamp 2013 is over. We all had a great time on this beautiful spot in Lohals, Denmark. A twenty minute walk brought you to a fairytale-like mangrove tree and the sea, were you could watch a magical sunset. The school of freedom program was very eclectic. From dark romantic poetry in the morning to sea aerobics in the afternoon. From yoga to sword fighting and from looting to cooking. It was all there and of course there was the occasional party at night (no pictures are allowed from those events, sorry :-)) There were also a lot of Loesje writing sessions and for your enjoyment we put a few of these texts in the newsletter. The location of Summercamp 2014 is not yet known, but it will be again around the end of July / beginning of August. So don't book your holiday during that time, because we all want to see you next year.
- Blood-thirsty creatures are waiting in the dark / they are called mosquitoes
- One good mustache can inspire an entire theme party
- I was ticking with my spoon / suddenly it evolved into a dinner orchestra
- When the hangover is bad / don't kill the wake up service
- Politics at summercamp: do the text pages move left or right?
- Summercamp superpowers: I think the cooks can make us do anything
Summercamp as experienced by Loesje member Duider
Last month’s Summercamp started out rather orderly: writing and sticking sessions and only a bunch of delayed train travelers. But in hindsight, we have to acknowledge that the problems really started with the making of the School of Freedom program.
Far too many role-playing games and workshop were put in, and this was very confusing to the participants and the organizers alike. For instance, the workshop Pillaging and Looting was planned simultaneously with the workshop Hostage Taking. (Or was it?) This flaw in the program immediately resulted in the first casualty of the Summercamp: Kaat Brown Eyes. (from now on to be called: Kaat Blue Eyes)
As this one casualty did not fall into the 10% collateral rate, as the Pillagers and Looters had argued, our hopes of returning to The Netherlands with a 100% score had been shattered. But there were still a handful of foreigners left to loot: two more Belgians, two Germans and one German disguised as a Russian.
But towards the end, summercamp really had spiraled out of control. It had started snowing during the first real role-playing game. (Luckily this was only right after the Searobics workshop.) The bridge had been closed, leaving us isolated from the outside world. Not that there is much to miss about Denmark. But the feelings of isolation, and the anxiety got hold of us quickly. Since then, each workshop and game had left each of us with another role to play and another mission to fulfill. Then the murder ‘game’ came. The murder game itself got cut short by suicide and even genocide. Although that last claim still awaits confirmation by senator McCain, whom we had to leave on the island to keep the jellyfish occupied. But the game had forced us to add to our own pile, the pile of roles and missions of our victims.
In the end, the chaos and anxiety made some of us actually go mad and play each other in real-life: with me (Duider) playing Mechteld-the-diva, Lotte playing me after stealing back her dress, Tom playing Max or Max playing Tom depending on Schrödinger’s cat being alive or dead, Chris playing Vincent-when-he’s-sober, Geertje playing … some kind of Beast, Jos playing Jaron, Anouk and Vincent playing Lena and Erik, Maarten playing Geertje, … Some acting even went on during the wake-up service. No, those weren’t just nightmares!
And every day all we had to help us keep track, was the Daily A4! Half the size of a poster, and completely filled with rumors on reality, updates on updates on ongoing rumors, and a variety of quotes: some of them actually coming from the imaginary friends of the mentally disintegrating Daily’s reporters who struggled to keep track themselves.
See you all next year!
Sticking Loesje posters in Berlin
At the end of July Loesje went from Arnhem to Berlin to do some serious sticking, together with her friends. She took the latest International Series with her and made some cool pictures of her sticking adventure, which she also put on facebook.. She went to Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz, Wannsee and Schlachtensee and to name a few and Treptow were she met her friends from Loesje Berlin. You could also help Loesje by spreading the Series of the Month in your own hometown and share it with your friends.