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 Newcastle, Hamilton 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.