Makeshift Magazine Issue 5 – The Celebration Issue

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Makeshift Magazine Issue 5 is available now. Tijuana gang member hands a child a toy. A Cairo butcher slaughters a goat. Seemingly arbitrary rituals bring people together and, when practiced enough times by enough people, form the basis of culture.

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    Makeshift Magazine Issue 5 is available now. Practices like the brilliant lantern making of San Fernando craftsmen become increasingly elaborate. Productions like Carnival, faced with the challenges of scale, become ever-more complex. All the while, celebration remains a deeply personal affair—from the Nigerian couple pasting their faces on wedding favors to the pilgrim seeking salvation among 80 million at the Ganges. Celebration is a stress-reducer, a serotoninbooster, an ingredient of joy. It has a natural momentum that excites and builds. So where there’s celebration there’s opportunity—for business and charity, for exploitation and aspiration. And in all cases, creativity. Finde more interesting stories in Makeshift Magazine Issue 5.

    The Content

    • Church Train. Asanda Kaka takes Cape Town’s church trains, mobile masses that invigorate the morning commute..
    • India’s Big Bath. John Macomber draws city planning inspiration from the world’s biggest festival.
    • Glow Games. For the craftsmen of San Fernando, giant lanterns are a source of pride and competitive fervor.
    • Infographic: Recipe for Revelry. The infrastructure that supports a celebratory swell, the boon it brings to a local economy, and the waste it leaves behind.
    • Observed: Celebration. A visual tour of Celebration around the world, from Brazilian sound machines to New Orleanian jazz funerals.


    • Street butcheries in Cairo
    • Zoning for fun in Vancouver
    • Palestine’s only brewery
    • Dueling victories in Côte d’Ivoire
    • Carnival fashion designers
    • And more…
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