The Sanctuary


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  • Summary

    The Sanctuary is the first aid and psychological welfare station of The Borderland Festival, always manned by sober and welcoming borderlings devoted to keeping the festival and participants safe.

    Full description of concept

    The word sanctuary derives from the Latin word sanctuarium: a place that holds the sacred. In history it has the meaning of a place where people come to worship what they find sacred and where they find safety. Those who dedicate their lives and labour to a sanctuary devote themselves to preserving the sacred.

    The Sanctuary is a place where everyone is welcome to find safety in it’s most holistic form: treatment for small injuries, support to find professional care for more serious injuries, a voice to guide you to calmer water when things are rough, some silence to find peace of mind.
    It is a place where everyone is welcome to find sacredness: spend some time and thoughts to what you hold as sacred.

    The Saints devote their time and energy to preserve Psyche and Somatos as a whole and to support every soul in need, to the best they can.
    As Saints we will hold on to the adagium primum non nocere: ‘first, do no harm’ in all our actions and will act within the limitations of our knowledge, skills and comfort. In situations that exceed our limits we will do our best to find appropriate help from other sources.

    A temple will be erected in form of a tent where people can seek refuge or they can call upon saints to come and find them somewhere on the premises. An AED will be present.

    About the group/Artist

    The Sancuary is run by the Saints, a team of healthcare professionals and students, first aid practitioners and participants confident enough providing psychological assistance to fellow Borderlings.

    Team and plan

    Medical doctors
    Medical students
    Psychology students
    First-aid practitioners
    In preparation, the activities of the Sanctuary are determined - with all activities clear, the logistical plan can be composed, providing an overview of what we need to perform the actions.
    Prior to the borderland week:
    equipement needs to be gathered
    shifts need to be filled
    layout of the Temple needs to be designed
    At BL
    Erection of the temple
    Run the temple (shifts)

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    Apart from the regular moop produced by a gathering of people, the sanctuary may produce hazardous waste (a very scary name for: blooded tissues) This will be handled in specially marked bags.
    The Sanctuary is not expected to produce large quantities of moop, the station requires a very small moop station. Maybe this can be shared with a neighbouring settlement

    Budget overview

    Last years tent was borrowed and this time we do not have access to it, unfortunately. Therefor part of the grants will be used to obtain a 5x10 military tent and a floor inside it. (+-9800 DKK)
    For the psycological aid we plan to build a small calming dome. We have one that has been used at Spark in the Dark, but it needs repairs (+- 3000 DKK)

    For some some functions, critical equipment is needed, in forms of stretchers, an AED, practical first-aid bags with equipment. (+-2800 DKK)

    Medical consumables such as bandage, disinfectant, tissues. (+-2400 DKK)

    Previously the first-aid camp was heavily relying on donations and borrowing of equipment and furniture. Due to the expanding character of BL. It is one of the goals of the Sanctuary is to prepare itself for future growth of BL. Hence it is thought to acquire certain key equipment to increase the certainty and organizability of the Sanctuary for the upcoming years.

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    Take a shift on the schedule
    Help design and craft the signs
    Help design and craft the “uniform” of the Saints
    Help raise the Temple prior to the event

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.



    • Do you need electricity from the grid? Yes, the temple will require electricity. The load the load is being calculated.

    • Will there be light? There will be a sign that is illuminated and should be clearly visible from many places in the quarry.

    • Will anything burn? Nothing will burn, we will have an extinguisher present due to the civic role we fulfill.

    • What is your audio footprint? At max, a small installation that will play quiet and calming music/sounds

    • Forces of nature The temple’s main construction will be a sturdy military style tent: “Sjukvårds- och förådstält”. A wooden floor inside the tent will keep supplies, Saints and care seekers dry from below. If we do not succeed in finding wooden floor pieces, large plastic sheeting “presänning” will safeguard this feature.

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