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Media release: Melbourne Social Forum

Posted in Events by ChrisChinchilla on March 27th, 2009

Here’s the media release for the Melbourne Social Forum, we’re still on the look out for stalls, workshops et…


The world is changing rapidly, with major crises such as Climate Change and The Global Financial Meltdown polarising in peoples minds the need for action. The time for discussion and talk is long over, realistic and practical ideas are needed now to help us all through our daily lives.

In the Hot House is a weekend festival that aims to do just that, bringing together diverse areas of Melbournes community to lead discussion, engagement and (most importantly) action. To create and promote ideas that attendees can take home and put into effect immediately, making a real difference to their lives and the lives of those around them.The Festival consists of two parts :
The events launch on Friday evening is a perfect opportunity to warm the mind and spirit with a public forum led by four engaging and passionate Speakers :
Charismatic television presenter, environmentalist and green lifestyle writer Tanya Ha will take us on a journey beyond consumerism and link our own well-being with solutions needed to fight climate change. David Spratt, Co-author of Climate Code Red, co-founder of Carbon Equity will show us the role that society is playing to help avert the climate emergency. Kirsten Larsen from Victoria Eco Innovation Lab will look at developing our local food system as a weapon to reduce our carbon footprints. Mosese Waqa is a Pacific specialist involved in efforts to find creative convergences in mainstream development, human rights and security with building a culture of peace in sustainable Pacific communities
Friday 17th April @ Room 11.01 (11th Floor), Victoria University City Campus, 300 Flinders St
6.30 – 9.30pm, $2

The main event, spread across two days at the picturesque and inspiring CERES Environmental Park. The festival program is bursting at the seams with arts, music, workshops, speakers, food, drink and much more including the premiere performance of the Melbourne Social Forums collaborative performance project with two Moreland based schools, Voices of our Future. Highlights include:

    Music from The Conch, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, Radiant City and more
    Collaborative art projects including Photography, Sculpture and Found Art
    An Engage media curated film night
    Childrens Clown, face painting and workshops
    Food and drink from local companies, including the infamous Good Brew beer bike
    Workshops and stalls to inform and educate on a wide variety of subjects from environmental issues, indigenous struggle, open source technology, radical craft, alternative thought, green renting, slow living and activism.

10.30am – 9pm (Sat), 10.30am – 5pm (Sun)
One day concession $5.00 / Full $10, Two days concession $10 / Full $15
CERES Community Environmental Park, Cnr Roberts and Stewart st, East Brunswick

Full program details are available from
Contact: Chris Ward on for more information
Images: Photo collection.doc

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