Philia Fortnight – 10/12/12

Ave, Sandum Citizens!

Athena’s Day

Athena’s Day experienced a rite dedicated to Athena and Hephaestos. The importance of the day is that it celebrates the State as an object of art and of culture. During this festival, the Collegio Sacerdae consecrated its first altar. As this festival was explained in the past report, we have brushed over its importance in the last fortnight.

The cultural importance of traditions and ceremonies are an important aspect of the Sandum culture.

Festivals to Poseidon & the Bona Dea; Faunalia

On the festivals and the Faunalia, the State of Sandus’s Office of the Sôgmô noted the events with prayers and with well wishes. The festival to Poseidon celebrates the king god of the sea; the festival to the Bona Dea celebrates the Anatolian mother goddess Cybele; and, the Faunalia celebrates the Roman god of the forests and meadows Faunus. Though these holidays were not celebrated with a rite, they were noted and marked the Sandum tradition of their celebration.

Traditions are important aspects of all cultures and these historical festivals are especially important for the Sandum culture due to its importance of history and philosophy.

The Sandum Exhibition

This exhibition idea is current without title, however it is an idea that’s recently become noticeable in the State. The Sôgmô has recently asked citizens James Thompson and André Sammut to prepare for an art exhibition that will display the State’s arts, literature, and music preferences. André Sammut has been tasked with writing poetry and preparing a large portion of Sandum sub-cultural art and then a portion of art representing the Sandum value; James Thompson has been tasked with making propaganda posters and helping the Sôgmô to select land and water-scapes as well as socialist realist pieces; Gaius Sörgel will compile all the old Sandum propaganda and posters, shall design new ones that may be used for the exhibit, and compile his poetry and make new poems to represent the pieces of art. Both James Thompson and Gaius Sörgel shall select music related to specific pieces of art and André Sammut shall use his music for his exhibit. Specific topics of the exhibit shall include: the Sandum Value; Sandum Classical/Main-Cultural Aesthetics; the Party and Socialist Ideals in Art; and, the Volfa Sub-Culture.

The Sandum Value shall be items which express the concept of the Sandum state and culture as being for compassion and ending suffering.
The Sandum Classical and Main Cultural Aesthetics is a topic which includes simplistic and natural art and literature with simplistic and relaxing music. The actual topic is much more uncertain than these descriptors and, as such, most art will be of this natural aspect of the main culture but some pieces may focus on other aspects of the Sandum main culture (such as Baroque or Impressionism). Sandum propaganda posters will also be included in this.
The Party and Socialist Ideals in Art will include Socialist-specific propaganda posters and socialist realist pieces of art, as well as important Sandum Socialist and Party songs.
The Volfa sub-culture will include the sub-culture made by André Sammut. The music of his sub-culture is best indicated by the Ixstrum website but, to summarise, is experimenting with electronic and abstract forms. The art is best described as abstract, glitchy, outlines, and cartoon.

This exhibit shall be available from mid- to late-February in order to celebrate le Secessio, the Sandum holiday celebrating the independence of the nation from St.Charlie and her Commonwealth.

The aspect of the Sandum art, literature, and music that shall be on display during this exhibit to celebrate the Secession are important aspects of the Sandum culture.

— Sôgmô Sörgel.