FurNightATX is coming to Austin! Organizer Haven gives a Q&A for the Furclub Survey.
by Patch O'Furr
Furclubbing: “A repeat/regular nightclub event by furries for furries.” It’s a New Thing that’s been spreading since the late 2000’s. This kind of dance party is independent from cons. This builds on the growth of cons, and takes things farther.
It’s more ambitious than events that happen once, house parties, or informal meets. Those can stay inner-focused for friends who already know each other. This brings partnership with venues that aren’t hotels, and new supportive interest in the kind of events they host. It crosses a line to public space. A stranger may walk in off the street to discover their new favorite thing. It encourages new blood, and crossover to other scenes. It makes subculture thrive. It’s a movement!
See the list of parties at The Furclub survey. Any party that gives a Q&A will get a featured article.
Featured here is FurNightATX, a new event focused towards the Furry Fandom in Austin Texas. It was shared by MC/organizer Haven, with extra-professional outreach (I love publicizing tips that come that way). I asked if FurNightATX was affiliated with the irregular Austin Furry Dance series organized by Whines – they’re friendly but the events aren’t connected. That’s an interesting sign of independent activity. Haven shares more:
- Website: www.furnightatx.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FurNightATX
- Twitter: @furnightatx and @havenfusky
It is a club event that will feature a variety show, guest performers and DJs. There is a $5-$10 suggested donation with 50% of all donations going to a local animal organization.
Our first event is January 23rd, 2016. After that we hope to have it monthly.
It will be held at Bout Time 2 in Austin Texas. There are restaurants and hotels located in the direct vicinity for those wishing to travel in. It is our hope to get all Texas furs in for a fun night here in Austin.
How it’s organized:
Haven has been working behind the scenes on other events (namely an LGBT Focused geek/gaming convention called HavenCon). Several fur friends had expressed an interest in a club night. So, Haven sat down and started working on it!
(HavenCon is a larger happening with “3 days of gaming and geek activities” – see him featured as the con’s mascot on the flyer.)
We will definitely know this better after our first event. But it should be friendly and open. It is a 21+ event so we’re free to explore things. There should be a good mix of suiters and non-suiters alike!
Promotion right now mainly consists of word of mouth and some FB advertising. Please visit our website and follow us on social media.
Reactions so far:
The venue, BT2 is very excited to have us. Haven spent some time there bouncing around and talking with people and then dancing. Everyone had a great time interacting with him and so when we came up with the idea they agreed almost immediately.
Costs are minimal at this time, but as we grow and look to bring in more outside entertainment that may change. We will be looking into merchandise to sale to help support the event as well as the local animal organizations.
Good story about attending? Video or pics? (Not yet, but I’m excited to see them when they happen!)