The Gift Economy

Developing themes touched upon during The Moneyless Month, ‘The Gift Economy’ will explore the gift and the human connections that are a product of the exchange. We are passionate about the evolution of non-monetary exchange and believe, as we found within The Moneyless Month, that they lead to stronger communities and meaningful human relationships.

‘In the beginning there was the gift. We are born helpless infants, creatures of pure need with little resource to give, yet we are fed, we are protected, we are clothed and held and soothed, without having done anything to deserve it, without offering anything in exchange. This experience, common to everyone who has made it past childhood, informs some of our deepest spiritual intuitions. Our lives are given to us; therefore, our default state is gratitude. It is the truth of our existence.

Even if your childhood was horrific, if you are hearing this right now, at least you were given enough to sustain you to adulthood. For the first years of life, none of this was anything you earned or produced. It was all a gift. Imagine walking out the door right now and finding yourself plunged into an alien world in which you were completely helpless, unable to feed or clothe yourself, unable to use your limbs, unable even to distinguish where your body ends and the world begins. Then huge beings come and hold you, feed you, take care of you, love you. Wouldn’t you feel grateful?’ – Charles Eisenstein in ‘Sacred Economics’.

The performance is set within an intimate tent-like structure, created from material, each piece with its own story, gifted to the performance by members of the local community. It reflects the tapestry setting in its collage-like portrayal of aspects of the gift, giving and the human connections that arise.

We plan on having limited audience space (Approx 20 – 30 spaces), so if you want to see BardsBarter’s first performance since The Moneyless Month, then keep an eye on the blog for information about how to get tickets…

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