Posts Tagged ‘festival’

The 14th Mullum Mullum Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 7th, 2011

10 September , 2011
11 September , 2011
17 September , 2011
18 September , 2011

The 14th Mullum Mullum Festival 10 -11 September and 17 -18 September

Starting off with a bike ride on Saturday 10 September, the festival will be officially opened on Sunday 11th September by Luke Chamberlain, Victorian Forest Campaigner for The Wilderness Society, at Yarran Dheran Reserve, North Mitcham.

The opening day will provide a variety of events from the local Aboriginal community and other performers as well as a BBQ supplied by the Healesville Aboriginal Arts coop. There will be organic cordial from the Good Brew Cart and walks and talks for both adults and children.

The Festival will continue on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September at a variety of sites in the Mullum Mullum Valley, and will include environmental, sustainability and climate change walks and talks and presentations at Currawong Bush Park, Warrandyte.

The program can be found at

For hard copies of the program – contact or 9719 7661 or download and print from here

Celebrating Sustainable Fashion at RMIT Brunswick

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

18 May , 2011
12:00 pmto6:00 pm

Explore your creativity and learn how easy it is to be fashionably green at RMIT University’s inaugural sustainability festival and conference day, Commune@RMIT Brunswick, on Wednesday, 18 May.

Commune@RMIT Brunswick will feature speakers, creative workshops and exciting market stalls selling textiles, crafts, reworked garments and Fairtrade products, as well as organic and vegan food. Other activities will include a clothes and fabric swap, bike repair workshops and “Conversations over Tea Cosies”, a community project led by RMIT students that found novel uses for old jumpers.  Keith Cowlishaw, Head of RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles, said the event would engage students, staff and the community around Slow Craft and Design, local and global collaboration, and holistic approaches to creative practice. “This event is an opportunity for students and staff to come together with industry and the community to share and explore sustainability practice,” he said.

Popular Sydney based artist and director of Cloth Fabric, Julie Paterson, will conduct hands-on creative workshops at the festival. Other workshops will include heat transfer dyeing, Green Futuring, Zero-waste children’s clothing demonstrations and a Deconstruction/Reconstruction clothing workshop.  Festival guests will include Peppermint Magazine, Zero Carbon Moreland and Ethical Clothing Australia, with speakers including Cecilia Granadino (MINKA Fair Trade), Grace McQuilten (The Social Studio), Georgia McCorkill (The Red Carpet Project) and Swedish fashion “hacktivist”, Otto von Busch.

Patricia Brien, Creative Producer of Commune@RMIT Brunswick said: “Creativity is essential in commanding a more sustainable fashion and textiles industry, but by actively engaging with our local and global communities, our intention is to make change happen together.”

Wednesday, 18 May, 12pm–6pm
RMIT University Buildings 513 and 514, 25 Dawson Street, Brunswick
Free (NB. some workshops attract a participation fee)

Full event program: or download the activity poster.

CERES Harvest Fete 2011

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

19 March , 2011
9:00 amto2:00 pm

Celebrate our Autumn Harvest with a Country Style Fete
    Chook Tours
    Cake Competition – more details on the website
    Merri Harvest Dinner (including performance of Home)
    CERES Seedlings for sale direct to public
    Gardening Workshops
    Books, Magazines and Pet Accessories
    Kids Craft
    Harvest Parade
    Low Carbon Technologies
Saturday 19 March 2011, 9am – 2pm at CERES

For more details visit the CERES site.

Melbourne Bikefest: Celebrating Bikes in Everyday Life

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 23rd, 2010

24 November , 2010 6:00 pmto28 November , 2010 12:00 am

Bikefest is a community initiated celebration of bikes in everyday life.

Through partnerships with cultural, industry and community organisations, Bikefest places bikes at the centre of life in the city, offering a broad program of events addressing ideas around transport, health, sustainability, design, safety, planning, youth and cultural engagement.  Our goal is to improve conditions for bike riders on the road by positioning bike riding as a high status, desirable and above all, enjoyable activity. We recognise bikes   as important tools for change and celebrates the optimism, creativity and diversity within Melbourne’s bike riding community.

Bikefest aims to normalise bike riding in Australian culture by providing an accessible, non-competitive and celebratory event for bike riders of every ability and riding style.  By showcasing the breadth of bike culture in Melbourne, we want to break down stereotypes around bike riding and celebrate it for what is really is – a fundamentally good way to get around.

Bikefest features art, design, forums, workshops, markets, music, screenings, bike rides and more. It is a non-competitive, celebratory event for bike riders of every ability and riding style.

24-28 November, 1000 Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

(see program for details including venue variations)

Swap Shop at The Village

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 5th, 2010

4 November , 2010 6:00 pmto7 November , 2010 7:00 pm

The Village, Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North:

Again this year we will set up our Village swap shop.  For all of you who have been swapping before you know how it works.  The swap shop looks like a market stall with lots of clothes, books, toys, records, stuff and weird stuff and more.  It has an op shop feel but STRICTLY NO CASH only swaps are the currency here.  Anyone can take anything away, so long as they leave something behind. You can take a pair of shoes and leave behind the jumper that you are wearing. You can swap your shirt for an old Elvis Costello record. You can swap 4 Georgette Heyer novels for a dozen Sunflower seedlings.


You could donate a bag of swapable items and leave it over to our lovely swap shop hosts or: The swap shop will provide labels so you can write down your name and phone number on your swap item but also your wish list like:

I want to swap this dress for: 1.a pair of funky sunglasses,2 red boots size 10, a neck massage etc etc.

In the case of particularly high quality items (a flash suit, a ballroom gown, an eligible bachelor…) you might agree to do some gardening, do a trick, paint a picture or provide a particularly good curry dinner.


This year we would like to get some produce swaps going as well so if you have a well producing lemon tree you might be able to swap them for a jar of home made pickles or a fancy shirt. We will accept any transaction so long as you are comfortable with it


This year’s Swap shop is being run by the lovely Claire and Zoe, who know all about bartering and will help the first timers to get going. Please look in your wardrobes, sheds and piles and see if you can find anything someone else might be happy with. The swap shop will be open at all times during The Village opening times:

Thurs.4 Nov from 6pm till 11pm
Fri.5 Nov 6pm till mid night
Sat.6 Nov 12noon till 12 midnight
Sun.7Nov noon till 7pm

13th Mullum Mullum Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 11th, 2010

9 October , 2010
10 October , 2010
16 October , 2010
17 October , 2010

Check out the website for more information

Stringybark Festival 2010

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 9th, 2010

16 September , 2010
17 October , 2010

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 October 2010

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

Posted in Events, Movements, Visions by Nicholas Aberle on September 8th, 2010

16 September , 2010to19 September , 2010

From the 16th to 19th September 2010, Melbourne will see the launch of its only dedicated environmental film festival.

This smorgasbord of feature length documentaries on cutting-edge environmental issues will entertain, inspire and frighten even the most hardened environmental cynic. Covering topics from the social unrest in Nigeria caused by Big Oil, to the consequences of our society’s obsession with The Plastic Bag, to the philosophy and dinner plates of Californian dumpster divers, there is something to whet everyone’s appetite. Many of the films will be having their Australian premieres at the festival, and have won numerous awards at international film festivals.

The team responsible for putting together the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne (EFFM) hopes that people who share their concerns about environmental issues will help make this event a fixture in Melbourne’s cultural calendar. “Everyone knows about things like climate change and protecting old-growth forests,” says Festival Director Nicholas Aberle, “but this festival will also draw attention to other really important issues and details that don’t get much air time, like ocean acidification and the mysterious disappearance of bees around the world.”

Each night of the Festival there will be an expert discussion panel to explore issues raised by the films, providing a local perspective on these global problems. In future years, the organisers plan to provide a forum for young Australian film-makers to showcase work on local environmental issues.

The festival will be held at the Kino Cinemas in Collins St. For more info, check out:


Human-Powered Grand Prix & Energy Innovation Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 17th, 2010

Source: Sustainable Living Space

Visit the website for more information.

Petty’s Orchard Antique Apple Tasting Festival

Posted in Events by meggshp on March 4th, 2010

a day not to be missed!

This event is a major fundraiser for the Heritage Fruits Society Inc.  We are working to save heritage fruit varieties & have many residing at the Petty’s Orchard site at Templestowe.  Come along for a great day of apple tasting & fun with a special performance by Peter Combe, Australian icon, produce stalls, great food, information from CERES, Slow Food Australia & Parks Victoria.  Please remember to bring your picnic rug, hat & sunscreen, water bottles & friends!  Folks wishing to join the Permablitz will need to register on their website before coming.

Location: Homestead Rd, Templestowe.  Melway 22A12. No public transport. A long ride from Eltham station. Parking is available if you must bring your car.