Meeting opens 4pm attended: Blod, Finn, Laigen, Steavean, Firk, oh no! Laigen forgot to write down the names and her memory sucks lots
more people at the meeting
Ø Need to move away for the work bard (too many connotations) and focus on being a guild of entertainers and performers (use these
two words interchangeably). If its pure research its a thing for the laurels, were here to entertain people.
Ø It has been noticed that there is a lack of respect/courtesy/politeness for performers at events nowadays.
Ø Ask for the support of royalty to encourage better behaviour.
Ø Get performances announced by heralds, otherwise there is a lag between a performer starting up and the audience realising.
Ø Need to foster better relations with those running events, talk to them before the event to gain support, encourage their participation
as well as the audiences
Ø Organise feast entertainment! This is so all who want to get a turn and people know what to expect that night.
Ø Realise that we cant fill up an entire evening, audience needs breaks.
Ø Rewriting of charter to have three ranks only:
§ Guild Master
Ø Arms of the Guild:
§ Spoken Word
Ø Need to make sure ranking is based on improvement and not just on the number of performances.
Ø Also based on research articles, performance and teaching.
Ø Need to encourage submission of pieces to open forums for discussion
Ø The basic idea of the guild is to encourage and foster the performing arts, the creation of laurels is not a priority.
Ø Need to encourage self-critique and the keeping of a record of how people are progressing; this should be semi-formal and provide room
Ø Need a document to gather feedback comments and evaluate performances (record date, event, piece, reviews) so as to help with
advancing through the ranks.
Ø Guild Master: is a resource person, who should be encouraged to act as a mentor and to help people advance the ranks. The guild masters
should be used to create a network of their different skills so as to assist in answering questions and guiding newer members.
Ø Guild Champion: needs a specific job to do, should run the competition at festival (perform 2 pieces, one of choice and one that
is period), show their ability to perform, and do so regularly, and record the history of lochac and us.
Ø Writers: will come under the arm in the guild you write for (i.e. if you write songs, youre under music, if you write plays youre
under spoken word). Should find a performer to perform the piece (use the guild to help you!), and then publish it for critique. The guild
insists on the need for an element of performance/entertainment.
Ø News: Stow Hafoc, who hosted Ascension (and did a bloody brilliant job) have been chosen to host Midwinter 2003 (at the same place in
Lidcombe Sydney) will need to organise a bard circle for it J
Ø To be taken on by Steavean die Glaubigen as a special project.
Ø Work on the creation of the three ranks (apprentice, journeyman, guild master).
Ø Clarifying what needs to be done for advancement and playing your prize (lots more discussion needed on this).
Ø Explanation of the three arms (dextrous, music, spoken).
Ø Promotion of an annual event/eisteddfod to be help 6 months from festival.