Punters of Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018Article by: Eamon Armstrong|@eamonsarmstrong
Mon February 05, 2018 | 12:15 PM
From Pink Thursday to Mad Monday and all the shenanigans in between, Rainbow Serpent Festival has more than enough magical moments for gleeful punters to shine. Australia’s One Doof To Rule Them all just completed a 21st birthday party to remember, bringing festies from nearby Melbourne, across Oz, and far, far away to sunbathe in her splendor.
In Australia, "doof" originally referred to renegade psytrance parties, inspired by the doof-doof sound from electronic bass thundering through the outback. The term has come to mean Aussie festivals generally with the ever-present colorful totems lovingly referred to as doof sticks. Once a doof in the truest sense of the word, the event has grown into an eclectic, international sensation.
Named after an aboriginal Dreamtime story, Rainbow held an entrancing opening ceremony honoring the keepers of the land. The festival also created a First Nation space, the Karrun'g' Larr or Bark Hut Camp. Like similar festivals on the North American West Coast, Rainbow also boasts a Lifestyle Village, educational workshops, interactive art and an eclectic lineup. A massive lightning storm blew through Friday, igniting and extinguishing a nearby bushfire. There was also a real serpent on site, the deadly eastern brown snake that was humanely captured and relocated – just in case we foreigners forgot we were in Australia.
Like its colorful counterparts – those famous fancy dress parties in the UK – Rainbow is all about the crowd. While Aussies aren’t into showing off in the same way burners are, the costumes are lavish and hilarious and included many inside jokes (including a strange preoccupation with cooking). Overall, we give the Rainbow crowd an A+ for color and creativity. Check out these photos shot by Francesco Vicenzi of all their festive fabulousness.