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The Decentralized Dance Party was founded on the belief that Partying is an art form that has the power to change the world.

>>>UPDATE! With 30 minutes left to go here, it's looking pretty unlikely that we'll reach our fundraising goal. It's too bad that Facebook deleted our fbook page and all the Party event pages midway through the funding and destroyed our efforts. In spite of it all, we still managed to raise over $3000 (which will now be automatically refunded to you). Huge thanks to everyone who supported the cause. Have no fear, the Party Revolution will live on, stronger than before, and many righteous things are on the immediate horizon, so STAY TUNED !

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With your support, we just threw six open-source, crowdfunded Parties across Western Canada:  Vancouver,  Regina,  Winnipeg,  Saskatoon,  Calgary,  and Victoria.

And IF we get funded, we will throw nine more!

(Pls click fbook event links above to invite all your friends + encourage them to donate)

Update! Rewards Page is now LIVE!

Update! Press Release is now LIVE!

WHAT IS A DDP?

The Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) is a portable, battery-powered Party System. It consists of hundreds of Party people, carrying boomboxes, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM transmitter. All the boomboxes are tuned into the DJ’s master FM broadcast, resulting in a mobile, synchronized sound system.

This Portable Dance Party roams the night, generating complete awesomeness, street by street and block by block, onto buses and subways, into public fountains and beyond. Inevitably interfacing with the public, together we create an infectious epidemic of fun. A Roaming Party Adventure that lasts all night long!

It has No Central Audio Source and No Central Location, hence the name "DDP"

An illustrative video:

We've now thrown 25 insane DDPs across Canada, and the participants often numbered in the thousands. There's generally been a small police presence keeping an eye on things, but no drinking tickets, fights or any other problems one would expect from such large, wild crowds. That is because the prime objective at a DDP is celebrating life, enjoying music and having fun- not getting drunk and being an idiot.

If a Party is good enough, alcohol isn't required. The atmosphere alone will cause people to lose their inhibitions and freak out and drive the energy to ridiculous heights and create an incredible experience for everyone. Creating a Party like that is very hard to do, but it is our goal every time. This vision is fully outlined in our Party Manifesto.

More than a Party, the DDP has proven to be a very interesting social experiment; clearly demonstrating that thousands of people of all ages, cultures and social groups can come together to celebrate life and get crazy in our public spaces without causing any trouble. That is why the DDP is also known as “The Party Revolution”. It is a unique force that has the power to unify and inspire people in ways never before imagined.

WHERE DID IT COME FROM AND WHERE IS IT GOING?

The DDP was invented by Tom and Gary, two lifelong friends from Vancouver. 

"It started with one boombox, and an idea, to transmit to hundreds more..."

In six short months, DDP attendance exploded from 20 people to 20,000 during Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics. This meteoric growth can be beheld in our "Evolution of the Decentralized Dance Party” video.

Inspired by this massive response,we resolved to take the DDP on the road, and did so during our 2010 “Party Safari”, a self-funded adventure that saw us sharing the joy and madness of the DDP with thousands of thrilled Partygoers in seven cities across Canada from coast-to-coast.

And now, we're in the midst of our second Party Safari. This one is called the “Strictly Business Tour” and the plan is to wear only Business Attire while Partying in 20 cities across Canada and the USA.  

Our goal is to further the frontiers of Partying, bring joy to millions of people and ensure that Partying is respected, legitimized, and forever enshrined as a spiritual movement of paramount importance.

We plan to take the DDP to Every Single Country On The Face Of The Earth and inspire as many people as possible to create their own DDPs and ensure that this becomes an enduring global movement that touches as many lives as possible.

Once that is complete, we will host a Simultaneous World Dance Party, transmitted to everyone in the world at the same time. It will be fun. You are invited.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

From day one, we’ve struggled to devise a reliable financing model for the DDP and seriously depleted our savings to bring it this far. We are out of money.

We’re very excited to have discovered Kickstarter, and while we could have taken the traditional route and sought out corporate sponsors, the crowdfunding model is something we believe in and want to promote. Being completely decentralized, it's a perfect fit for the DDP.

We just used Kickstarter to raise $1000 for the DDP On Bikes in Vancouver, the First Phase of Party Safari 2011. and $10,000 for Phase Two (Regina, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Victoria).

This $20,000 fundraiser will be used to finance the Third Phase of Party Safari 2011, wherein we will deliver the DDP to nine more Canadian cities: Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon, Kamloops (Dates and Facebook event pages coming soon).

Then we will take the DDP to the USA. Then the 'Stans. Then the rest of the world.

All of this will be funded via Kickstarter, one step at a time, by beautiful, Party-lovers like yourself.

The $20,000 will be used to rent our motorhome and purchase all the gas, batteries, boomboxes, and everything else required to share the joy and madness of the DDP with the the tens of thousands expected to attend. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated- thanks for helping us on our quest and supporting the movement!

(PICTURES OF ALL THE AWESOME DDP REWARDS CAN BE SEEN HERE )

BREAKDOWN OF COSTS:

-Reliable Motorhome: 27 day Rental = ~$3,750, unlimited kms = ~$1,400
-Gas ~$4500
-6000 "D" batteries = ~$5000
-$20 Per diem payment for 7 crew members for 25 days= $3500
-100 more boomboxes for our fleet = ~ $1000
-Hotels: ~$100 x 10 nights = ~$1000

TOTAL
$20,150

The total above doesn't include the ~$3000 spent acquiring the 200 other boomboxes we're bringing along, or the production costs of the donor rewards, or any other misc. costs (supplies, props, costumes, etc), or the 10% fee deducted by the Kickstarter / credit card payment system.

But as long as we can make it to $20,000, we'll somehow figure it all out, although it would be amazing to exceed the $20,000 goal and at least break even. With your support we will realize our crazy dreams and make Party History!

If we don't reach $20,000, PARTY SAFARI WILL NOT HAPPEN.
Spread the word- it's in your hands :)

Full event details are available on each city's Facebook event page: (coming soon)

THANKS!
T&G

FAQ

  • If I have a moustache, I am Tom. If I am sporting a Flat Top, I am Gary.

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  • Yes.

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  • Not only a revolutionary affront to traditional perceptions and precepts, the DDP is also widely recognized as the ultimate interdisciplinary medium, creatively melding Music, Dance, Karaoke, Comedy, Chaos, Costumery, Adventure and Military Stratagem. Participants become performers and inhibitions are overwhelmed as we all rise together in a chaotic and joyful monument to the Human Spirit. Together, we awaken the raw and beautiful rhythm and adventure-craving instincts ingrained in our DNA that have been subverted since childhood in our sterile western cultures and our collective energy projects everyone to unparalleled heights of happiness for hours on end.

    You will smile genuinely, you will make instant friends, you will lose yourself in the music and find yourself in situations so novel and thrilling that you will never forget them. The DDP is a revolutionary new type of open-source public performance art and something that truly has to be experienced to be believed.

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  • Because, much like open-source software, a DDP is a peer-produced, collaborative undertaking. Everyone pools their talents and energies to create and refine an ever-evolving manifestation of their hearts’ desires. People build sound systems in shopping carts and baby carriages, construct insane backpack-borne laser light shows, crowd-surf each other up escalators, construct hilarious costumes, and perform epic dance routines for everyone to enjoy. It all coalesces into an anarchic explosion of collaborative creativity that drives the energy and excitement to unimaginable heights.

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  • Yes. The Power Glove can control the volume and skip tracks. It’s so bad.

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  • We have thrown 20 insane Parties across the country, and the participants often numbered in the thousands. There was generally a small police presence keeping an eye on things, but no drinking tickets, fights or any other problems one would expect from such large, wild crowds. That is because the prime objective at a DDP is celebrating life, enjoying music and having fun- not getting drunk and being an idiot.

    More than a Party, the DDP has also been a very interesting social experiment; clearly demonstrating that thousands of people of all ages, cultures and social groups can come together to celebrate life and get crazy in our public spaces without causing any trouble. That is why the DDP is also known as “The Party Revolution”. It is a unique force that has the power to unify and inspire the people in ways never before imagined.

    Accordingly, we plan to take the DDP to Every Single Country On The Face Of The Earth and inspire as many people as possible to create their own DDPs and ensure that this becomes an enduring global movement that touches as many lives as possible.

    Once that is complete, we will host a Simultaneous World Dance Party, transmitted to everyone in the world at the same time. It will be fun. You are invited.

    This is further elaborated upon in The Party Manifesto.
    It can be beheld at http://bit.ly/exgmki

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  • Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kyrgzystan, Kazakhstan, and last but not least, http://www.youtube.com/watch…

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