Entry fee

Friday night is free.
Saturday and Sunday are based on what you can afford. The minimum is $5 per day for adults or $2 for 16 year olds and under.

Because it is a Fair Share Festival, we want to ensure the festival is as affordable as possible. One way to receive free entry is by volunteering on the day. They are a variety of roles and ways to help out while also participating in the festival.

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Program Update

We’ve just updated the program again

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There has to be music!

The music program is taking shape (thanks to Shaunie P Music).

  • Saturday opening – Matthew Clarke
  • 12:30 Saturday – Sara Jevo & the Balkan String Kings
  • 1:00 Saturday – Earthbound
  • 3:00 Saturday – Paul Spencer
  • 3:15 Saturday – Matthew Clarke
  • 4:15 Saturday – Nerds and Music

Watch for details of more music and entertainment!

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The latest Fair Share Festival leaflet

Click the leaflet for the double sided leaflet.

Thanks to Luke Oliver from The Roost for the graphic design.

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The festival is warming up!

We sent out a media release today about the program. Here is what we said.

Transition Newcastle today released the program for The Fair Share Festival – a weekend of speakers, workshops, music, stalls, discussion and entertainment at the Hamilton Public School. The Fair Share Festival, Friday 9 March to Sunday 11 March, is a chance to explore the transition to a connected community, localised fair economies and sustainable lifestyles.

According to Graeme Stuart, one of the festival organisers, there is a varied and interesting program.

On Friday evening 9 March (6:30-9:30) there is a Q&A type forum on Closing the Poverty Gap. Panellists include Cheryl Kernot (Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand and former Member of Parliament), Doris Puiahi (Tugeda Tude fo Tumoro Project, Solomon Islands), Daniel Ben-Ami (Finance and economic journalist, Author of Ferraris for All) and Donnie Maclurcan (Founder and Ideas Guy at Project Australia and Co-founder of the Post Growth Institute).

“This should be an interesting evening as the panel includes both supporters of economic growth and those who believe we must reconsider our addiction to growth,” Mr Stuart said.

On Saturday 10 March (10:00-5:00) they are hosting workshops and speakers on a variety of topics including community gardens, a cooperatively run solar hot water factory, how the Sunshine Coast aims to become the most sustainable area in Australia, permaculture beyond the garden, and strategies for a successful transition to a more sustainable future. There will also be music, entertainment, food, and fair trade and craft stalls.

On Sunday 11 March (10:00-3:00) there are workshops on spirituality & sustainability, asset based community development, and school gardens. There is also a drama workshop for children and practical workshops on blogs and tumblr’s, and building a 12v sound system with pedal power.

“On Sunday there is an Ideas Expo were we are inviting people who have good ideas that could help create a fairer, sustainable world to set up a free table and share their ideas with other people,” Mr Stuart said.

Entertainment over the weekend includes Earthbound, Sara Jevo & the Balkan String Kings, Paul Spencer and an eco magician David Whitson.

According to Mr Stuart, “the last festival in 2010 was a great weekend and this year’s is shaping up to be even better.”

The festival is a partnership between Transition NewcastleHamilton Public School, the Family Action Centre (University of Newcastle), Permaculture Hunter and One Just World.

More details of the Fair Share Festival are available from fairsharefestival.wordpress.com.

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First Leaflet

A sneak peek of the program. Please distribute!


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Call for IT and Video Volunteers

We are pleased to be sponsored again by YellowEdge Performance Architects, an advanced webcasting organisation. We are hoping to have 2 teams of three people (videographer, sound and notebook program operator) broadcasting live to people who have registered to watch via internet.

We will hold a planning and training meeting for the technical team at 6:30 – 8pm Thursday 9 February 2012. We will meet at the Hamilton school’s, Tudor and Steel St entrance, but please RSVP first – see below.


  • Learn great new technologies – webcasting with Blackboard Collaborate; Good capture, easy editing, & online upload techniques for digital videography/ photography
  • Receive free admission to the festival activities
  • Obtain a fluorescent vest – good for bicycle riding, but limited number available
  • Enjoy the experience of organising a public festival and bringing your community together
  • A certificate of appreciation

Please RSVP John to confirm that places are still available, on 0419 296 103 or jafshiel (at) gmail.com by Tues 7th February.

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