A British stand up comedian, musician and writer living in Nijmegen. See more at stevenmorgan.wales
It'll be all white on the night
It all started in Paris back in 1998, when Frenchman Francois Pasquier organised a picnic where the attendees all wore white so they could recognise each other. What started as a practical measure of identification has since exploded to an international franchise of exclusive, cult-like events that turn undisclosed locations worldwide into seas of white garbed people feasting together.
Fundamentally it's a simple idea, and a potentially difficult one to sell to someone who hasn't been. "I could eat at home" says the sceptic "and wear clothes that won't show the dirt when my pizza spills onto it". If this is your perspective, then this is not the event for you.
There is something uniform about the visual effect of seeing a mass of people dressed in unison to enjoy a civil event together. Not just anyone can get a ticket to Le Diner en Blanc. Many join the waiting list year after year only to be disappointed each time as the event rolls around and once again they have no ticket. Preference is given to those who have attended before and their word-of-mouth reference, creating a seven-steps-of-separation commonality amongst the attendees whether they realise it or not.
This year's event is the sixth in Brisbane, each of its predecessors proving popular enough to bring it back again and again. There are no big celebrity draws or elaborate events for the attendees to enjoy. They provide their own tableware, cutlery and crockery and draw entertainment from the entitled smugness of being the chosen few. It's a picnic. A simple enough concept that we all do regularly. Yet still, the demand far outweighs the supply.
Last year, over 3000 guests came together for an evening of elegance, beauty, and magic, transforming the City Botanic Gardens for a night of food, fun, celebration, and dancing against the city skyline.
It's not an event for everyone, and though I loathe the word, there is more than a little hipsterism to it all. Whilst that puts some off, to many this creates a like-minded, peaceful atmospheric event that captures the ideas of those who value getting out, experiencing things and being open minded to embracing the unexpected.