Funeral of Darlings
27th of Overlight, AE 721
The Funeral of Darlings is an annual event which occurs on the final week of summer, the 22nd-28th of Sun's Swell, in each of the Pearl Cities of The Most Serene Republic of Allathoné: Asha Allanar, Lyfalorian, Illstaesi, Cenodorran, and Fel-Shora. A play on the phrase kill your darlings, the week-long fête consists of a number of events including premiers of new symphonies, pop-up restaurants creating innovative feats of gastronomy, opening nights of new plays, but the major event that kicks it all off is a marathon of art starting at the first tick past midnight on the 22nd, all the way until noon on the 28th. Despite being referred to as a marathon, most artists do take breaks, although over-indulgence in caffeine, stimulants, and other substances is not uncommon.
No medium is discriminated against during the Funeral of Darlings; paintings, sculpture, music composition, theatre, dance, even architectural drawings are appreciated. Artists often plan out their Darling pieces well in advance so they can make the most of their week, creating intricately detailed works which are presented during the final afternoon of the event. Pieces are displayed in windows, propped up on front porches, or on display tables set up in public spaces so that the artists, as well as general onlookers may promenade and view everyone's works. Viewers must move quickly, as when the clock strikes six, all art pieces– sheets of music, screenplays, choreography notes, canvases– will be gathered up by their creators, brought to a central area of town, and added to a large bonfire.