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    So what can we expect in terms of numbers in workshops and 'the herd' factor?

    Even Fifi could not atttract me if this was the case.

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    Shall we meet up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    It might not have been a problem getting in, but it most definitely was a problem when they let too many into small rooms. I got to one of Randa's ones especially early - why bother? people were still piling in at the last minute. No space, you couldn't see anything - deeply frustrating.

    Having said which, the big workshops in appropriately sized rooms with stages and mic'd teachers were great. Not the same as a cosy little personal workshop, but with some of the big name teachers that is not going to happen!

    Whoo hooo - excited!
    I'm a bit sceptical here.... Every one at that event is going to want to learn with Fifi... how's that gonna work? It must be on a ticket basis, surely to ensure a fair deal.

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    My experience from when I went was if only people had trouble getting into workshops. The reverse was the problem. I didn't see anyone controlling numbers and I went to ones where you couldn't move or see much. I'm not going largely on this basis. I've had a conversation with someone involved with it since and they saw it as the way all such festivals were going and not a problem. But not the lovely JoY.

    But maybe the organisers have responded to this feedback and it won't be like it this year. I'm mentioning my experience not to slate it, but in the hope this might be addressed...

    Aniseteph - you got mikes? I was told they weren't working in the huge workshop I was in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karena View Post
    My experience from when I went was if only people had trouble getting into workshops. The reverse was the problem. I didn't see anyone controlling numbers and I went to ones where you couldn't move or see much. I'm not going largely on this basis... Aniseteph - you got mikes? I was told they weren't working in the huge workshop I was in.
    The Randa one in the smaller room was the only one that I went to that was ridiculously full. One of JimBoz's ones was busy but there was a stage and it wasn't too hard to see/move.

    I can't remember about mics to be honest - just the principle of the thing. If I can see and hear and have space to do what is being asked, fine. Otherwise I turn into the grumpy old woman from hell.

    I believe the Fifi ones ARE going to be bookable for a (small?) extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karena View Post
    My experience from when I went was if only people had trouble getting into workshops. The reverse was the problem. I didn't see anyone controlling numbers and I went to ones where you couldn't move or see much. I'm not going largely on this basis. I've had a conversation with someone involved with it since and they saw it as the way all such festivals were going and not a problem. But not the lovely JoY.

    But maybe the organisers have responded to this feedback and it won't be like it this year. I'm mentioning my experience not to slate it, but in the hope this might be addressed...

    Aniseteph - you got mikes? I was told they weren't working in the huge workshop I was in.
    This alone is enough to put me off. For me, it's a long way to go. I want to Fantasia one year and swore never to again. All the workshops I attended were rammed, the Front Line Mafia never gave an inch, and I could see nothing and hear nothing. I think I went to one workshop where I managed to squidge to the front for a short while. I was none to pleased. Then to cap it all, one of them was a stick workshop and you couldn't even raise your arms, never mind weild a stick. I cannot imagine that any of the Fifi workshops will be 'roomy'. I would imagine rammed and frustrating would be more apt. I think I'll stick to studying her film footage for now, it's done me ok for the past 13 years....and anyway, I got to meet her in person in Cairo...and saw her perform, so I'm cool with missing Congress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    I can't remember about mics to be honest - just the principle of the thing. If I can see and hear and have space to do what is being asked, fine. Otherwise I turn into the grumpy old woman from hell.

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    Yeah, I flounced out of that stick workshop never to return, kicking random fallen sequins and metal coins in my wake for the sheer bad tempered spite of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kharis View Post
    Yeah, I flounced out of that stick workshop never to return, kicking random fallen sequins and metal coins in my wake for the sheer bad tempered spite of it...
    I hope you threw your stick down too

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    Quote Originally Posted by karena View Post
    I hope you threw your stick down too
    Nope, I brandished it round my head like a billy club with murdurous rage and intent...

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    I went to Fantasia this year and the workshops weren't too crowded - at least the ones I chose but I didn't do Ozgen or anything very trendy. I will ask around about the Ozgen

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