The importance of community
Cultivating communities where people can feel engaged and part of something bigger than themselves is just as relevant as it’s always been. The postmodern culture of irony and pastiche is over, having been replaced by a post-ideological condition that stresses engagement, affect, and storytelling. Simply put, people want to be engaged; no longer spoken to, but to enter into the dialogue.
Cultivating communities through cultural space is perhaps the most effective method of invested, interested engagement. Through its preservation and promotion, you expose people to new opportunities of exploration, as well as bringing together vastly different types with one shared interest; something that’s worth nurturing.
The preservation of cultural space is not something that should be underestimated. Its social effects can be exponential in building communities and movements whilst nurturing startups and supporting local business. Courier speaks to the new impresarios Dominic Cools-Lartigue, founder of the moving London street food party, Street Feast, and Fabien Riggall, creator of Secret Cinema, on the importance of creating communities through cultural space.