USA · San Francisco Nude Love Parade 2019 [18 March 2019]
In San Francisco, love and friendship are celebrated with an annual nude parade. If the weather in February is not too cold, they call it the "Nude Valentine Parade", otherwise it becomes the "Nude Love Parade". It has been a tradition since 2016, and in 2019 it took place on 17 March.
The Nude Love Parade was postponed for a second time on Sunday, March 10, due to the weather, but the forecast for 10 March was mostly sunny. So the nude parade, which tries to "reduce the damage to our society caused by prudery", took place as an approved event in San Francisco. In SF, the "nudity ban", i.e. the ban on nudity in the cityscape, has been in force since 2013. Thanks to Horst Z. for the hint!
Announcement: Fans of Urban Nudism
'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate [15 March 2019]
For months now, secondary school students in 90 countries are taking to the street on Fridays instead of at school, to demonstrate for effective action against climate change. Their movement »Fridays for Future« now also calls on parents and grandparents to take part in the demonstrations and has posted demo dates. Get involved against climate change: Go to the demos!
After German polital FDP party leader Lindner rumbled, »that children and young people cannot understand all global interrelations. This would be a subject for professionals«, 12,000 (!) German, Austrian, and Swiss scientists got together to support the demands of the secondary school students in a petition (German TV news broadcasting Tagesschau). The same takes place in other countries of the world: Secondary school students demonstrate and call their parents and grandparents to get on theeir feet and raise their voices, too! Scientists back them up – worldwide!
Meanwhile, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) has presented a draft of a climate protection law that is to oblige all federal ministries to implement effective climate protection measures – otherwise, severe penalties would apply. However, the German CDU/CSU-led ministries for agriculture (Klöckner), economy (Altmaier) and transport (Scheuer) are fiercely defending themselves and prefer to continue on their present path towards climate catastrophe. For this reason, a petition for the planned German climate protection law called for action at www.campact.de (German) – Sign the petition yourself!
Media articles in English:
- 'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate (phys.org)
- Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change (bbc.com)
- Academics back UK schools' climate change strikes (theguardian.com)
- 'Make love, not CO2': Swiss students march for climate action (phys.org)
- Thousands of students skip school to attend strikes for climate action (news.com.au)
- Hundreds of students striking over climate change descend on parliament (theguardian.com)
D · Only brazen and illegal or already criminal? [14 March 2019]
At any rate unscrupulous and wordless: "German Minister of Agriculture Klöckner has approved 18 new agricultural poisons, some of which kill our bees. She simply overruled the veto of Environment Minister Schulze – a clear breach of the law! More than hundred other pesticides are already on the waiting list. So that she does rubber-stamp them, we now must act quickly. Please sign our urgent appeal!" (in German; source: campact.de)
More detailed information at SPIEGEL Online (in German)
D · 's c h ö N a c k t – Aktfotografie Siegfried Haase': Exhibition of nude portraits in Neubrandenburg [13 March 2019]
In the current exhibition, the Neubrandenburg regional museum is showing nudes from the estate of the photographer Siegfried Haase until 26 May, entitled 's c h ö N a c k t – Aktfotografie Siegfried Haase'. Info by the museum.
LUX · Guided tours for naturists in the Luxembourg art museum 'Villa Vauban' [10 March 2019]
The "Musée d'Art de la Ville de Luxembourg" exhibits "Plakeg! Le Nu autour de 1900" (Plakeg! The nude around 1900) from 16 March to 16 June in the "Villa Vauban". Cit.: "Towards the end of the 19th century there was a fundamental change in the perception of the nude. A generation of young, avant-garde artists wanted to break with the academic traditions of depicting the nude body."
The museum offers one-hour guided tours in several languages for naturist visitor groups on all days except Tuesdays by appointment. The opportunity to undress in the museum (and get dressed again after the tour) is offered. In addition to the entrance fee for a reduced tariff tarif réduit (reduced tariff), the (max. 15) participants of the guided tour must pay the fee for the art guide (100 EUR).
With this offer, the art museum in Luxembourg probably eclipses all efforts of other museums to attract nude visitors to an art exhibition. The exhibition takes place in cooperation with the 'Landesmuseum Hannover', where a nude visit to a museum for the similar exhibition "Nackt und bloß" took place in May 2015.
D · 'Birgeler Urwald': Walk in May [20 May 2019]
Four of us had registered for Herbert's nude hike in the 'Vulkaneifel' Mountains and were looking forward to be actively nude there again, to see well-known naturists again and to get to know new ones.
However, in view of the forecast of thunderstorms in the hiking area, we decided at short notice, not to take the long drive to get there, and hiked instead in the 'Birgeler Urwald' [en: 'Birgeln' Jungle] in the German-Dutch Maas-Schwalm-Nette Nature Park.
Diese Wahl bescherte uns angenehmes Mai-Wetter mit Sonne, schwachem Wind und Lufttemperatur über 20°C sowie ein angenehmes Erfrischungsbad im Urwaldsee.
Sattes Frühlingsgrün, singende Vögel und quakende Frösche genossen wir so wie viele andere wandernde und radelnde Menschen im Naturpark. Am Horizont wurde es zeitweise dunkel, es gab dort wohl Gewitter oder Regen. Bei uns kam der Regen erst an, als wir unsere Wanderung beendet hatten und auf dem Heimweg waren - wir hatten wohl die richtige Wahl getroffen!
NZ · Report by Milt (USA): Nude Zealand [17 May 2019]
Milt (USA) was one of the very early birds at NEWT. Since 2009, he joined several NEWT groups for naturist hiking weeks in Austria.
In 2019, Nude Zealand was on the agenda. We could simply participate and enjoy the NZ tour, because Milt did a great preparation work. Now, we have got his report about our nude exploring of New Zealand in 2019:
I’ve been meaning for weeks to put together a brief report for you about Dan, John, Rainer and Milt’s Excellent Adventure looking for naturist opportunities in New Zealand. I would have to rate our efforts a grand success. We were nude more often than we might have reasonably expected.
6 to 10 Feb 2019: Te Anau
After Dan, John and Rainer arrived in Auckland early in February, we soon flew down to the South Island, where the Southern Alps in Fiordland National Park are famous for stunning scenery. Our first day out from our base at Te Anau, we crossed a river on a walk wire, a kind of minimalist suspension bridge, guaranteed to keep the average out-of-shape textile tourist away. Later we hiked nude up a stream looking for an elusive waterfall. All in all a good start.
The next day was cool and rainy, but we climbed up to a gorgeous alpine lake in a hanging valley and went for a skinny dip in its chilly waters.
On the third day we made a special arrangement with a water taxi to take us across a river to a beautiful circuit hike to a high lookout. Our special arrangement gave us an hour’s head start over others who came on the regular ferry schedule, so we were able to do essentially the whole circuit nude. Late in the day we managed a skinny-dip in nearby Lake Manapouri. And since it was late in the day, we walked nude back to the car along part of the famous Kepler Track (one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks) while running into very few late walkers.
On the fourth day we took the textile boat tour of Milford Sound in the morning, but in the afternoon we climbed up to Key Summit east of the Sound, and then had a great nude adventure following the ridge to the south of the Summit. The weird "Hobbit trees" of the patchy forest and the expansive views of several alpine lakes made that one of the most memorable of our excursions. Once again, thanks to our late-in-the-day timing, we (or at least the less cold-averse among us) were able to hike nude back to the car following part of another of the “Great Walks”, this one the Routeburn Track.
On March 5, Dan, Milton and Rainer flew off to […]3, and John flew back to the US, bringing to an end a memorable naturist adventure in NZ.
– Report: Milt (USA); photos: Milt and John (USA)
1 Naturist/nudist groups generally fall into two categories: the clubs who have a resort or plot of land where they are free to be nude, and the clubs (called traveling clubs or groups) who do not have their own land, but travel to visit nudist resorts or beaches or to go freehiking somewhere on public lands. Bay of Plenty Naturists is the latter kind of group because they do not have their own land (i.e. non-landed).
2 Latin name: Tradescantia
3 Surprise – will be reported later …
D · Westphalian Beginning of May 2019 [2 May 2019]
4 May: Breakfast buffet and ninepins in the nude [5 May 2019]
20 naturists met at the restaurant Zum neuen Herd for breakfast buffet, for chatting and afterwards for a sporting event on a ninepins alley.
It was still cold outside. Through the windows, we could see bushes, trees and garden umbrellas moved by the cold wind, rain showers enriched the weather spectrum. Even the dog of the house, who was on the way in the yard before, got too much and hid himself.
We gave up our plan to do a short hike of about 10 km afterwards and preferred to continue our conversation with an improvised coffee gossip at a warm oven.
Selected nudevents (spanning over several days)