There’s a New Thing happening in lots of places. (And it doesn’t have to do with baby seals. Yikes!)
This is how it starts. Furry social life thrives when friends get together informally – like this 2009 meet in Ottawa. Ahh… I want to go here!
Frolic, the original Furry dance party, is a model. (Check this interview if you don’t know it.) Frolic founder Neonbunny says:
I think society in general, especially when we have the internet and different ways of finding very specific niche culture- I think subcultures are taking off. People like to party, socialize, and be around each other – and use the internet to find new ways to get together and be together in person, not just on the internet. The internet makes us feel a little isolated, and we try to balance that by going to these crowded events… It’s changed in the last 10-20 years, and more and more people are seeking these crowds rather than getting away from it all. It’s why countercultures are thriving. It’s about events. Whether it’s a Furry convention, or Frolic, or other get togethers, it’s about events.
“Furclubbing” is the New Thing that I see becoming a trend since the late 2000’s. It’s been spreading by furries influencing others to start formal events independent from cons. This builds on the growth of cons, and takes things farther.
Neonbunny defines it as: “A repeat/regular nightclub event by furries for furries. There’s probably a half dozen events. Then there’s probably been a couple hundred one off furry events done in a bar or other legal (non house) venue.” As Howl Toronto puts it: Con dances happen once a year, and “that’s just not enough to fill the need!”
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