Well, it’s been 2 weeks since Mysterium, and those of us who helped run it are finally getting back into the swing of normal life.
As far as we know, this was the biggest Mysterium in history! Including staff and special guests we had roughly 230 attendees in total, and there’s no way to know just how many family members and locals came to Cyan on Saturday. We’re all extremely happy with how this year turned out, and we hope everyone had a great time.
Before we call this year done, we have a few things to wrap up. First, as usual, we’ve put together a survey to get a feel for your experience at Mysterium this year. It’s not too long (and pretty much all of the questions are optional), so please fill it out when you have a few minutes so we can figure out how to make Mysterium better in the future. You can take the survey by clicking here.
If you weren’t able to come to Mysterium, we encourage you to take the survey, too! It has a whole section about future Mysteria, and your responses will also help us figure out which parts of the country we should go to next.
The coloring books we made this year were a huge hit, and we’ve had many people ask if they can order them for delivery. We’re very happy to announce that the books are available through a print-on-demand service for $10! This is the same service we used to print the originals, so you’ll get the same high quality.
You can order coloring books here.
Open Mic Submissions
If you wrote lyrics or poetry or anything else for Mysterium’s Open Mic Night, and would like to share with the community, we want to post them in a public Google Drive folder. Several of you have already emailed us, but if you have something to submit please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve had many requests for a central place where you can upload your photos and videos. Unfortunately, a lot of the older photo-sharing sites have shut down or require payment to use, which is why we haven’t done this for the past few years. For this year, we’re trying three different options.
First, we’ve setup a shared Google Photos album. This does require you to have a Google account, but beyond that it should make it very easy for you to add photos and for other folks to find them. If you’d like to add photos to the album, follow this link.
We’ve also setup a Dropbox folder where you can upload photos, if you’d prefer to just send them to us directly. Be aware that we may not be able to credit you on your photos if you submit them this way. You can upload your photos by following this link.
Finally, if you’ve already uploaded your photos elsewhere, please send us a link to the album (and remember to make sure it’s set as public). We’ll be sure to include a list of external albums on our website.
As announced at the end of Mysterium this year, we don’t yet have a location or con-chair selected for Mysterium 2020. We have a shortlist and expect to have it nailed down by mid-to-late September.
Also, be aware that we aren’t going to lock in the dates for next year’s convention until sometime in the fall. We can guarantee that Mysterium 2020 will still be held sometime in late July/early August, just not the specific weekend. We recognize that having a fixed weekend is useful for attendees to plan their vacations, and we intend to have the dates chosen early enough that it shouldn’t be a problem.
For each of the past few years, we’ve run into situations where cities that we chose were unexpectedly filled by some other event. This drastically reduces our options for hotels and makes it much harder to find a hotel in a convenient location for a reasonable price. Hotels always say, “if you could do the weekend before, we would have space/could give you a better rate”. For that reason, we’ve decided to be a little more flexible with our dates.
Stay tuned here and on our social media for more 2020 information.
We’ll try to get the 2019 video footage edited and uploaded over the next few weeks. Otherwise, that’s all we have for now. Thank you all for continuing to support Mysterium and Cyan. We look forward to reading your survey answers, and we hope to see you next year.
Mysterium 2019 Chair