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Mullum Mullum Festival AGM and Lecture

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on October 9th, 2013

12 October , 2013
4:00 pmto6:00 pm


Notice of Annual General Meeting for the Mullum Mullum Festival.

Plans for the 2014 festival will be discussed. The meeting will be held at 5pm this Saturday 12 October, 2013, Yarran Dheran Information Centre, Mitcham. Mel 49 B6.

The Meeting will be preceded by a presentation by Paul Mahony titled ‘Omissions of emissions: Our environment, livestock and the climate crisis’ between 4pm-5pm.

>> For more information, please see the Mullum Mullum Festival website.

2013 Mullum Mullum Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 12th, 2013

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The annual Mullum Mullum Festival celebrates the ecological and cultural values of Mullum Mullum Creek Valley.

The catchment of the Mullum Mullum Creek in the municipalities of Maroondah, Whitehorse and Manningham is home to more than 60,000 people, but it also encompasses some of the largest and best preserved areas of remnant bush in urban Melbourne. This bush contains more than 300 species of indigenous flowering plants and more than 120 species of indigenous birds, as well as many mammals and reptiles, and countless insects.

The Festival was inaugurated in 1995 by concerned individuals in the local community who opposed the Eastern Freeway extension through the valley and who wanted to play an active role in promoting the natural values of the local area. During the Festival you will have the opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of the Mullum Mullum Valley, as well as the cultural heritage of the area.

The walks organised for this Festival cover a wide range of aspects of the valley; there is always something new to see.

The Mullum Mullum Valley supports valuable habitat for a range of indigenous flora and fauna and forms an important connection, linking the foothill forests of Maroondah to the Yarra river in Templestowe. The continued preservation and enhancement of this corridor is vital for the survival of the plants and animals that depend on it, and for ensuring that future generations retain an environment to enjoy. We hope that you will come away from the Mullum Mullum Festivals with greater understanding and knowledge of this beautiful native bushland and the flora and fauna within.

The 2013 festival will be on 20, 21 (opening day) 27 and 28 April.


>> Download the 2013 Mullum Mullum Festival Brochure

Sustainable Living Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 7th, 2013

9 February , 2013to24 February , 2013
Source: Sustainable Living Festival 2013.

Poster from the SLF 2013 wesbsite.

From “A guide to unpacking your festival program” by Festival Team 2013.

Australia’s largest sustainable living celebration is back with a jam-packed program with more than 300 events over two weeks across Victoria. This year’s diverse program includes delightfully different perspectives bound to challenge, engage and inspire action. As a guide to this ocean of events, we hope this blog post will help you navigate the program better.

Big Weekend: At the heart of the Festival, the Big Weekend program at Federation Square on 15 -17 Feb includes high quality food for thought in The Great Debate, influential thought leaders, such as Annie Leonard behind the widespread online animation The Story of Stuff, and a laughter guarantee at the Steaming Toad Variety Show with HG Nelson and Dan Ilic. By buying a ticket to these key Festival events, curated by the Festival’s operations team itself, you’re supporting the future of this non-profit Festival. Other event highlights of this year’s Big Weekend program we are really excited about bringing to you include Jason Roberts’ Better Block Keynote, The World’s Biggest Organic Feast hosted by ABC TV’s Costa Georgiadis, the Fix it! Workshop. While forums, talks and interactives like The Heat is On, Activating Community Energy, Playing God with the Planet, Green Inventors, The Gratitude Box and No Place like Homelands are sure to inspire and educate. Over the Big Weekend, Birrarung Marr and River Promenade are transformed into a bustling mini-village, complete with The Green Market and Bikefest Treadlie Market. In the weekend’s open community program stream, there’s a multitude of exhibitions, forums, kids activities, performances and workshops to discover.

Melbourne CBD: The second layer of the Festival takes place across Melbourne’s CBD, as the city comes to life with events throughout 9 – 24 Feb. This year, the Sustainable Living Festival, together with City of Melbourne and CrowdSpot, are launching My EcoCity Map, a collaborative online map for residents and visitors to capture and share sustainable projects, events, shops and organisations in the city. Check out the map and add you own favourite EcoCity spots! As part of the Festival’s film program, the Transition Film Festival kicks off on 15 Feb and runs til 24 Feb with solutions focused movies at several cinemas across town. Sign up to be part of the nationwide synchronised screening of Transition 2.0, a movie that tells an inspiring story of Transition Towns initiatives from around the world.

Statewide: In the second week of the statewide Festival program, the Festival’s first ever regional Victorian tour program – The Better Block Tour – heads out to regional locations (18 – 24 Feb) to help kickstart a revitalization of neighborhoods and communities across Victoria by inspiring, connecting and supporting local changemakers. Across the State of Victoria, there are a huge range of events taking place, feeding conversations and generating new ideas on how you can find and create your own ‘state of sustainability’!

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>>> You can find out more about SLF 2013 on the website or via the festival program.

Commonground Music Festival – celebrating the social change movement

Posted in Events by CBiggs on November 27th, 2012

30 November , 2012 3:00 pmto2 December , 2012 3:00 pm

Commonground Festival – Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec 2012

After the success of the first festy in 2011, Commonground Festival is back for 2012 – its’s less than a week away! Commonground Festival is an intimate new music festival, celebrating the social change movement. It’s set on 100 acres of regenerated bushland near Tallarook, one hour north of Melbourne, and features some of Melbourne’s best bands, inspiring workshops, yummy local food and drinks and beautiful bush campsites.

On top of a great line up of music, there is a series of professional quality workshops, combined with the beautiful setting of the Commonground Conference Centre, a place soaked with the good vibes of 28 years of social change dreaming, scheming and action. The workshops are designed to inspire and challenge, and give people practical tools to make a difference. They cover themes of social justice, sustainability, activism and working collaboratively. See website for all workshop details. The event is fully organised and run by volunteers, and all funds raised support Commonground’s work to create a just, sustainable and non-violent world.

Featuring: The Woohoo Revue, Sol Nation, Neil Murray, Shaun Kirk, The Shivering Timbers, Lily and King, Eddie James and the Prowl, Nigel b Swifte, Benny Walker and Jenny Biddle.

>> Find out more about Commonground Festival or get tickets here.




Going Nowhere: Sustainable Creative Experiences and Conversations

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2012

23 November , 2012 6:00 pmto25 November , 2012 3:00 pm

“Gauge” photo by Cameron Robbins

Join us over three days at Arts House to explore the different ways that we – as artists and as audiences – can sustainably generate and share creative experiences across the globe.  Without anyone getting on a plane.

Friday 23 November – Opening Night Party (6–11pm)

  • 6pm Free Gauge performance with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
  • 7.30pm Free Pecha Kucha (bookings required)
  • 6pm–11pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth

Saturday 24 November – Think it, Talk it, Do it

  • 10am–12pm $10* Responsible Mobility Workshop
  • 12pm–2pm Free Gauge (incl. performance at 1.30)/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 2pm–4pm $10* Ideas Lab
  • 5pm–6.30pm $10* New modes of Cultural Exchange Public Forum

* $20 day pass available to all sessions

Sunday 25 November – Forage & Feed

  • 9.30am–12.30pm $15 Food Foraging
  • 12pm–3pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 1pm–3pm Free Sunday Lunch with eco-poets (bookings required)
Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November, Arts House, Meat Market

>> Download the Going Nowhere program
>> Visit the website for more details and bookings

Wintering: A dance work inspired by the Arctic

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 17th, 2012

27 May , 2012
9:00 pm

The expedition was part of The Arctic Circle Project, run by The Farm Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, based in New York.

Sustainable Living Festival 2012

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 9th, 2012

17 February , 2012
18 February , 2012
19 February , 2012

The Sustainable Living Festival, Australia’s biggest sustainability event, rolls into Victoria again on 11 February 2012.  Packed with sustainability action – from global green leaders to vegan bodybuilders, great debates to speed dates, organic philosophy to organic feasting – there’s something for everyone with an interest in the future of our planet.

This year’s Festival theme is ‘Australia – the Lucky Country’. With our golden soil and wealth for toil, and our land abounding in nature’s gifts, Australians have every reason to feel lucky, right? As one of the sunniest places on earth, we are uniquely placed to harness our abundance of solar and wind energy better than any other country on the planet. We have a golden opportunity to use the sun’s power and nature’s wind to secure the Australian way of life well into the future.

To bring this message home and to tell us how it can be done, the Festival’s keynote speaker for 2012 is Hans-­Josef Fell, a man many call the father of renewable energy worldwide. Fell is the architect of Germany’s impressive renewable energy policy and is responsible for delivering Germany’s 2020 renewable energy targets 10 years ahead of schedule. His work has been adopted by over 70 countries and triggered major investments in solar power around the globe. The Festival’s flagship Big Weekend at Melbourne’s Federation Square (17–19 Feb) will be a swag full of fun. Events include:

  • Festival Great Debate – Economic Growth Will Save The Planet
  • The Climate Quiz hosted by Adam Hills – Find out the eco-­impact of knocking back a tinny
  • Dirty Girl Kitchen – Green granny gurus teach you a thing or two about food
  • Speed Date a Sustainable Designer – 10 minutes with a green architect or designer
  • Vegan Bodybuilding – Pecs, packs and prowess from the world’s best anti-­beef beefcakes
  • Off-­the-­Grid-­Gig – A pedal-­ and solar-­ powered party featuring musical luminaries like Lisa Mitchell
  • Pants for Poverty – Go for the Guinness World Record in a giant pair of fair-­trade pants.

Don’t miss the Big Weekend’s ever-­popular Green Market, where over 100 exhibitors showcase sustainable solutions from transport to garden gear to homewares. Get tips and tricks from Australia’s leading producers and suppliers, win giveaways and receive hefty discounts. Across the state, the two-­week EcoCity and State of Sustainability programs offer dozens of inspiring events, such as the Transition Film Festival and a surprise free music performance by an acclaimed international artist.

Practically Green Festival: Eltham

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 18th, 2011

23 October , 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Come down to Eltham and celebrate sustainable living and everything green at Council’s Practically Green Festival this October!

First held in 2008 at Council’s Environmental Education Centre in Eltham – Edendale Farm – the Practically Green Festival continues in 2011 to offer practical and simple ideas to help you and your family live sustainably. The Festival showcases the very best in sustainable building technologies– all in a fun festival-style, family atmosphere. Come and enjoy the food, free children’s entertainment, music and free workshops!

As the Festival is all about sustainability, we encourage you to travel there sustainably too! Edendale Farm is conveniently located on the Diamond Creek Trail and is just a short walk from Eltham train station. Think about jumping on your bike, catching the shuttle bus from Eltham station or popping your walking shoes on – and come and experience the Practically Green Festival!

Sunday 23 October 10am-5pm

Edendale Farm Gastons Road, Eltham (Melway 22 A1)

Download the Festival Flyer or visit the website for more information.

Stringybark Suburban Sustainability Festival 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 12th, 2011

15 October , 2011
16 October , 2011

Stringybark 2011 Knox’s own national festival celebrating sustainability in the suburbs.


Knox City Council’s Stringybark Festival is Australia’s longest running sustainability festival.

The event focuses on ‘suburban sustainability’ and aims to engage, educate and entertain people of all ages through seven key sustainability zones of interactive workshops, and presentations of sustainable products and concepts.

  • ENERGY Harnessing the power of the sun, wind, geo-thermal and others, through new alternative technologies that save you money and save the planet
  • WATER Water conservation, rain water systems, grey and black water recycling and ways to stop our dams from emptying
  • BIODIVERSITY Conservation, the environment, native flora and fauna and everything about the beautiful planet we live on
  • SUSTAINABLE HOME Alternative cleaning, clothing and beauty products, food and drink and what you can easily do to make your own home more sustainable
  • TRANSPORT Walking, cycling, public transport, electric vehicles and every way to prevent traffic pollution
  • RECYCLING Refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling plus what we can make out of what we throw away
  • COMMUNITY Sustainability in education, health and wellbeing, young and old, diverse cultures and interests celebrating our community

In addition, an extensive market of fair trade and locally produced, handmade crafts, entertainment and music, organic produce and food demonstrations and workshops will be delivered by community groups, business partners, Knox City Council staff and volunteers.

10 am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 15-16 October 2011

Rowville Community Centre Reserve, Fulham Road, Rowville (Melway 81 K1)

Kids/Concession $2, Adult $3, Family $7 – Entry is free if you travel by bike, foot or public transport (there is a festival shuttle bus)

Visit the website or download the flyer for more information.

Commune 2 Festival + Ride to Work + Artland

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 11th, 2011

12 October , 2011
11:30 amto5:30 pm

Following the success of Commune in May 2011, we’ve decided to do it all again! Commune @ RMIT Brunswick is fusing Ride to Work + Artland + Commune into one big market and festival day and everyone is invited!  Download the event flyer for details, including the Moreart Spring Fashion Ride.

Date: 12 October, 2011 Time: 11:30am – 14:30 pm followed by drinks and music at 3pm

Location: Buildings 513 and 514, RMIT University, 25 Dawson Street Brunswick

>>Commune @ RMIT Brunswick