Laundry Room Collective hosts Failure Party open to the public

Feel like a failure? Party on!

Not all of us can be the next Van Gogh or Picasso, but failure is an art form worthy of its own celebration. 

That's the reasoning behind the participation-based, appropriately named Failure Party being held at the Lake Country Art Gallery on Feb. 29.

The event is hosted by Laundry Room Collective in collaboration with program co-ordinator Nav, who came up with the idea while studying at UBC Okanagan.  

"Everybody experiences failure," says Nav. "It's inevitable. Every single person is going to fail and they're going to fail continuously and in their own way.

"We’re trying to show that whatever people create, whatever they pour their heart into and they bring themselves into, their art is worth something, and its worth being seen."

Upon arrival, party guests will have the option of choosing a specific role to embody at the event, such as high-five co-ordinator, greeter or conversation starter. 

The event features open mic performances from musicians N.A.Vvv and DJ Willie Four Milli, snacks, an exploration on the definitions of failure, and an art critique. 

Guests are invited to bring along unfinished art or a piece they see as a failure. Space will be made for a group discussion to bring a different perspective to the art, and encourage the artist. 

It's the sixth instalment of the event, which is designed to allow people to create, build and fail in a safe space.  

"We've failed pretty reasonably," says Nav, reflecting on previous Failure Party events.

"We've had some bad parties, we've done some bad things. There's been some shows that are really terrible that people really didn't like, and I can think we can do worse. I think we can exemplify that and push it and make things really terrible, so I'm excited to see where this event can go and what kind of prestigious places we can smudge a bit and break down the barriers."

The Failure Party runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Lake Country Art Gallery Art House.

Entry is free and all are welcome. For more details, visit the Facebook event page

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