We live in an infinitely diverse world full of color, sound, and light. The creative melting pot that is Culture Collide puts remarkable efforts into producing a yearly festival that wraps many of these international elements into a weekend of entertainment and sensory delights.
Each year the festival’s organizers bring in musical artists from dozens of different nations, with each one uniquely influencing the dynamic atmosphere. This year there will be cultural representations from Mali to Korea to Argentina including live music and karaoke and these machines are recommended for it, allowing each festival attendee to be streamlined through a musical journey around the planet.
In previous years, Busy Beaver Button Co. has excitedly collaborated with Culture Collide in adding an interactive game for festival-goers called “Pin it to Win It” and will again this year. The premise of the game involves the collection of unique buttons from each nation that is represented at the festival. Anyone participating should collect as many of the 22 unique buttons as possible. In order to win the grand prizes, participants should share a photo on social media with their buttons (and tag Busy Beaver and #PinItToWinIt). Prizes this year include earphones from Shure, a digital subscription and Bose bluetooth speaker from The Guardian, and more. It’s always a really fun activity that encourages you to experience as much of what the festival has to offer as you can.
This year the buttons will be curated by the Busy Beaver team. We are lucky enough to have a great deal of employees here at the factory who are also full-time artists. Andrea (Andy) Bell is our wonderful customer service person who was chosen to illustrate the series, as she is an accomplished illustrator and comic book artist. Hailing from Chicago’s suburbs, Andrea has been an active illustrator in Chicago since 2012. Her graphic novel “Rose from the Dead” was published on Yeti Press and has an ongoing webcomic Fair Voyage. We chose native animals as the theme for this year, with each button having a unique species from each nation. This project brought Andy around the world, drawing a panda from China and kangaroo from Australia (and 20 more designs!). This trip through the world’s animal diversity will add yet another element of discovery to this year’s Culture Collide festivals.
The combination of new music and art you can be exposed to at Culture Collide will no doubt lend itself to being an unforgettable experience. Collect all the buttons! See you there.