2018 Festival Program

Saturday 3rd of March, 9.00am - 4.oopm. 

The MRSLF is held on the corner of High and Forest Streets in Woodend, in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers' Market. Festival patrons can stock up on fresh local produce, wander among the many exhibitors, join a free workshop, watch presentations on a variety of sustainable living topics, enjoy roving performances, movie screenings and more!

It promises to be a great family-friendly day out in the Macedon Ranges. 

FREE ENTRY!


Main Stage 10 am - 4 pm

Festival Grounds, Cnr High & Forest Streets


10.00 am - PollyPhonics Choir

10.30 am - festival opening

With special guests:

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP

and

Mary-Anne Thomas MP

Mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson

11.00am - pollyphonics choir

11.30am - 2.00pm - exhibitor talks

2.00pm - 4.00pm - live music

Jarrod Shaw & Sarah Wilkinson

 -   WALKERS ROAD   -


FESTIVAL HALL 9.30am - 4.00pm

Woodend Community Centre (Library Hall)


 9.30 am - 10.00 am  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  TRANSITION VILLAGE WALLAN  Transition village Wallan is a local charity building a village of 7 Sleeping pods and communal facilities in Wallan, with the aim of providing safe, supported, short to medium term accommodation for local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Village includes sustainable design and living principles, be off grid, set in a permaculture designed landscape, and incorporate Transition Town principles in the village policies and procedures.

9.30 am - 10.00 am

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

TRANSITION VILLAGE WALLAN

Transition village Wallan is a local charity building a village of 7 Sleeping pods and communal facilities in Wallan, with the aim of providing safe, supported, short to medium term accommodation for local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Village includes sustainable design and living principles, be off grid, set in a permaculture designed landscape, and incorporate Transition Town principles in the village policies and procedures.

 10.00 am - 10.20 am  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  Trentham and Districts Community Bank® Branch story  The story of how the community of Trentham and surrounds campaigned and capital raised to open the doors to Trentham and Districts Community Bank® Branch. The Strength of the Community Investment Program, how the profits generated by CCCE are re-invested back into the community to achieve positive community outcomes and sustainability by way of our Community Investment program, in dividends to the local shareholders and back into the community for further development. It is thanks to customers that the Trentham and Districts Community Bank® branch has returned in excess of $130,000 back into local communities and this is in addition to shareholder dividends.

10.00 am - 10.20 am

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

Trentham and Districts Community Bank® Branch story

The story of how the community of Trentham and surrounds campaigned and capital raised to open the doors to Trentham and Districts Community Bank® Branch. The Strength of the Community Investment Program, how the profits generated by CCCE are re-invested back into the community to achieve positive community outcomes and sustainability by way of our Community Investment program, in dividends to the local shareholders and back into the community for further development. It is thanks to customers that the Trentham and Districts Community Bank® branch has returned in excess of $130,000 back into local communities and this is in addition to shareholder dividends.

 10.30 am - 11.20 am  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  PATRICK JONES  Patrick Jones is a writer, poet, permaculturist and one-fifth of the performance collective  Artist as Family . Patrick will be presenting his new book on the theory of fermenting  re:)Fermenting culture: a return to insight through gut logic  followed by a fermentation workshop hosted by Meg Ulman. (See workshop listings.)

10.30 am - 11.20 am

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

PATRICK JONES

Patrick Jones is a writer, poet, permaculturist and one-fifth of the performance collective Artist as Family. Patrick will be presenting his new book on the theory of fermenting re:)Fermenting culture: a return to insight through gut logic followed by a fermentation workshop hosted by Meg Ulman. (See workshop listings.)

 11.30 am - 12.15 pm  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  What do Victorians REALLY think about climate change and renewable energy?  Sheri Doyle, Sustainability Victoria.   TAKE2 is a collective climate change initiative helping all Victorians contribute to a cleaner, greener future. It supports Victorian individuals, business, government, educational and community organisations to take meaningful action to reduce climate change. The aim is to help keep the temperature rise under two degrees and to support Victoria to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.   Social research, conducted in 2017, surveyed community attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and expectations of government to inform policy and program development. It found that there is strong support for the Victorian Government’s Climate Change agenda and Victorians are particularly supportive of renewable energy.

11.30 am - 12.15 pm

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

What do Victorians REALLY think about climate change and renewable energy?

Sheri Doyle, Sustainability Victoria. 

TAKE2 is a collective climate change initiative helping all Victorians contribute to a cleaner, greener future. It supports Victorian individuals, business, government, educational and community organisations to take meaningful action to reduce climate change. The aim is to help keep the temperature rise under two degrees and to support Victoria to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.   Social research, conducted in 2017, surveyed community attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and expectations of government to inform policy and program development. It found that there is strong support for the Victorian Government’s Climate Change agenda and Victorians are particularly supportive of renewable energy.

 12.30 pm - 1.50 pm  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  THE RESCOPE PROJECT  Join Anthony James and Keith Badger, directors of The Rescope Project, in this vital interactive conversation about the Project, the new systems of economy, food, energy and transport that are emerging, their experiences of living more meaningful lives with less, and just how this former corporate executive (Keith), and former corporate-backed scholar (Anthony), came to ‘see the light’ and join the movement for change to the systems in which we live.

12.30 pm - 1.50 pm

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

THE RESCOPE PROJECT

Join Anthony James and Keith Badger, directors of The Rescope Project, in this vital interactive conversation about the Project, the new systems of economy, food, energy and transport that are emerging, their experiences of living more meaningful lives with less, and just how this former corporate executive (Keith), and former corporate-backed scholar (Anthony), came to ‘see the light’ and join the movement for change to the systems in which we live.

 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  SHOW ME THE MONEY: The compelling case for solar panels on schools  Based on real data from New Gisborne Primary School, Ralf Thesing and Paul Tagell of MRSG's Renewable Energy Action Group will use advanced modelling tools to demonstrate the financial benefits of installing solar panels on school roofs. Savings on electricity bills typically pay for solar installations in 5 years, then savings can be allocated to other school programs and resources for the next 20 years.

2.00 pm - 2.45 pm

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

SHOW ME THE MONEY: The compelling case for solar panels on schools

Based on real data from New Gisborne Primary School, Ralf Thesing and Paul Tagell of MRSG's Renewable Energy Action Group will use advanced modelling tools to demonstrate the financial benefits of installing solar panels on school roofs. Savings on electricity bills typically pay for solar installations in 5 years, then savings can be allocated to other school programs and resources for the next 20 years.

 3.00 pm - 3.45 pm  Festival Hall (Free Entry)  KIDS FILM COMPETITION SCREENING  School-aged children from across the shire will screen their short films on the theme:  My Green Future – sustainable living ideas by kids . A selection of the best films will be awarded cash prizes and screened before the official festival film screening of the highly acclaimed film  Tomorrow .

3.00 pm - 3.45 pm

Festival Hall (Free Entry)

KIDS FILM COMPETITION SCREENING

School-aged children from across the shire will screen their short films on the theme: My Green Future – sustainable living ideas by kids. A selection of the best films will be awarded cash prizes and screened before the official festival film screening of the highly acclaimed film Tomorrow.

 3.45 pm - Close   Festival Hall (Entry by Donation)  TOMORROW - THE DOCUMENTARY  Film screening of the highly acclaimed film  Tomorrow . Festival goers will also have the chance to meet one of the sponsors of the film  Tomorrow , Akuo Energy, in a special Q & A session. Akuo Energy develops and sells decentralised renewable energy solutions which will power a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

3.45 pm - Close 

Festival Hall (Entry by Donation)

TOMORROW - THE DOCUMENTARY

Film screening of the highly acclaimed film Tomorrow. Festival goers will also have the chance to meet one of the sponsors of the film Tomorrow, Akuo Energy, in a special Q & A session. Akuo Energy develops and sells decentralised renewable energy solutions which will power a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

 

performances 9.00am - 4.00pm

Festival Grounds, Cnr High & Forest Streets


 10.30 am - 2.30 pm  Roaming Performance  BOB BROWN FOUNDATION  Coming at you, Asta, the Astacopsis Gouldi! The Worlds Largest invertebrate found in Tasmania’s Tarkine. This species is threatened from native forest logging and needs your help! This larger than life replica of the Tarkine’s fresh water crayfish is brought to you by the  Bob Brown Foundation  and  Snuff Puppets . Don’t miss catching Asta for a photo and hear how you can take Action for Earth at the Bob Brown Foundation Market Stall.  Photo Credit: Melbourne Minute

10.30 am - 2.30 pm

Roaming Performance

BOB BROWN FOUNDATION

Coming at you, Asta, the Astacopsis Gouldi! The Worlds Largest invertebrate found in Tasmania’s Tarkine. This species is threatened from native forest logging and needs your help! This larger than life replica of the Tarkine’s fresh water crayfish is brought to you by the Bob Brown Foundation and Snuff Puppets. Don’t miss catching Asta for a photo and hear how you can take Action for Earth at the Bob Brown Foundation Market Stall.

Photo Credit: Melbourne Minute

 NEWHAM DRUMMERS  9.45am Festival Entrance  Led by Simone Lang ( drummergirl.com.au ), this group of experienced student drummers perform the high-energy rhythms of Guinea, West Africa. 

NEWHAM DRUMMERS

9.45am Festival Entrance

Led by Simone Lang (drummergirl.com.au), this group of experienced student drummers perform the high-energy rhythms of Guinea, West Africa. 


WORKSHOP SPACE 9.00am - 4.00pm

Woodend Community Centre (Meeting Rooms)


 9.00 am - 9.50 am  Workshop Space (Free Entry)  EARLY MORNING YOGA  Limber up for a full day of festival activities with an early morning yoga session, brought to you by  Illuminate Yoga  Studio in Kyneton.

9.00 am - 9.50 am

Workshop Space (Free Entry)

EARLY MORNING YOGA

Limber up for a full day of festival activities with an early morning yoga session, brought to you by Illuminate Yoga Studio in Kyneton.

 10.00 am - 10.45  Workshop Space (Free Entry)  BEEKEEPING WITH THE FLOW HIVE  Members of the  Woodend Bee-Friendly Society  will demonstrate a  Flow Hive  and discuss the approach to beekeeping using this new model versus traditional hives. The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society is a working group of the  Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group  that seeks to promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping between aspirants, novices, and experienced beekeepers in Woodend and surrounding areas. 

10.00 am - 10.45

Workshop Space (Free Entry)

BEEKEEPING WITH THE FLOW HIVE

Members of the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society will demonstrate a Flow Hive and discuss the approach to beekeeping using this new model versus traditional hives. The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society is a working group of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group that seeks to promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping between aspirants, novices, and experienced beekeepers in Woodend and surrounding areas. 

 11.30 am - 12. 30 pm  Workshop Space (Free Entry)  FERMENTATION WORKSOP  Meg Ulman will host this fermentation workshop at the conclusion of Patrick Jones' presentation on the theory of   fermenting and his new book  re:)Fermenting culture: a return to insight through gut logic.  Meg is a master fermenter who established Culture Club in Daylesford - a free monthly workshop for fermentors of all passions and abilities.

11.30 am - 12. 30 pm

Workshop Space (Free Entry)

FERMENTATION WORKSOP

Meg Ulman will host this fermentation workshop at the conclusion of Patrick Jones' presentation on the theory of   fermenting and his new book re:)Fermenting culture: a return to insight through gut logic. Meg is a master fermenter who established Culture Club in Daylesford - a free monthly workshop for fermentors of all passions and abilities.

 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm  Workshop Space (Free Entry)  JOY WITH RAW FOOD  Melissa Keath  Local raw food chef and author of the Joy With Raw Food series of gluten-free, sugar-free, salt-free recipe books offering the Simple Raw Cakes For Everyone Workshop. In this workshop/presentation, you will learn how easy it is to prepare the most delicious and amazing raw cakes with just a few simple healthy ingredients. And best of all, you will be able to sample raw cake and ask all the questions you have about the raw vegan lifestyle.

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Workshop Space (Free Entry)

JOY WITH RAW FOOD

Melissa Keath

Local raw food chef and author of the Joy With Raw Food series of gluten-free, sugar-free, salt-free recipe books offering the Simple Raw Cakes For Everyone Workshop. In this workshop/presentation, you will learn how easy it is to prepare the most delicious and amazing raw cakes with just a few simple healthy ingredients. And best of all, you will be able to sample raw cake and ask all the questions you have about the raw vegan lifestyle.

 2.15 pm - 3.00 pm  Workshop Space (Free Entry)  Why the Tarkine matters  takyana/Tarkine is as much Victoria's rainforest as it is Tasmania's, the World's. A World Heritage area in waiting and relic of the ancient continent Gondwana, the Bob Brown Foundation is taking Action for Earth, to securely protect this nationally and internationally significant place in it's integrity. Come hear about why the Tarkine matters, from campaigner Emma Wasson and how you can join the Foundation.   This is an interactive session that includes a short film screening, followed by a talk on the puppet-building project behind the Tarkine's newest mascot, Asta the giant fresh-water lobster. Meet Asta and the Snuff Puppet team in the Permaculture Garden at the end of the session. 

2.15 pm - 3.00 pm

Workshop Space (Free Entry)

Why the Tarkine matters

takyana/Tarkine is as much Victoria's rainforest as it is Tasmania's, the World's. A World Heritage area in waiting and relic of the ancient continent Gondwana, the Bob Brown Foundation is taking Action for Earth, to securely protect this nationally and internationally significant place in it's integrity. Come hear about why the Tarkine matters, from campaigner Emma Wasson and how you can join the Foundation. 

This is an interactive session that includes a short film screening, followed by a talk on the puppet-building project behind the Tarkine's newest mascot, Asta the giant fresh-water lobster. Meet Asta and the Snuff Puppet team in the Permaculture Garden at the end of the session. 


Kid's activities

 10.30 am - 12.30 pm  Woodend Library (Free Entry)  Neil Werret, the author of the delightful children's book 'Billy's Bruny Island Garden' will host this book reading and workshop at the  Woodend Library . Neil will share gardening ideas for children and families, and host a planting activity with pots, seedlings and seeds for kids take home and start their own special garden. Free session, no bookings required! 

10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Woodend Library (Free Entry)

Neil Werret, the author of the delightful children's book 'Billy's Bruny Island Garden' will host this book reading and workshop at the Woodend Library. Neil will share gardening ideas for children and families, and host a planting activity with pots, seedlings and seeds for kids take home and start their own special garden. Free session, no bookings required!