This year's Sustainable Living Festival gave Tasmanian's a taste of an awesome future. In spite of the inclement weather, over 7,000 people joined us this November for the 18th annual festival, to celebrate, learn and share. With delicious cooking demonstrations, informative talks, practical workshops, live music, art installations, kids activities and exhibits from local businesses and community groups, there was plenty to keep the crowds interested.
The University of Tasmania discussions featured a stellar line up of speakers, with different backgrounds and points of view. This diversity lead to such rich conversation and a deep sharing of ideas - and everyone went home that bit richer for it!
Musicians, theatrical performers and the Slow Clothing Show kept the City of Hobart Festival Stage pumping all weekend with highlight performances from the Old Nick Theatre company, a pop up choir and a number of incredibly talented young singer-songwriters.
The cooking demonstrations were as popular as ever, with many in the crowd eagerly taking notes to assist in their own kitchen experimentation.
Our exhibitors this year were overwhelmingly positive about the experience at the festival, and they loved meeting so many engaged locals.
On Sunday we had the privilege of hosting an ABC local radio broadcast at the festival, that went out across the entire country. Chris Wisbey spoke with a wide range of sustainability champions; inspiring and challenging audiences around Australia.
We would like to once again say a huge thank you to the folk that made the festival possible. Our incredibly passionate volunteers worked tirelessly all weekend and their enthusiasm created such a great, welcoming atmosphere. Our sponsors this year were a delight to work with -we could not have done it without their support. And finally thanks to all the businesses, community groups and attendees who came along over the weekend!
A few quick stats:
- 7,000 attendees
- 94% rated the Festival 7 or more out of 10
- 80 exhibitors
- 67 volunteers
- 81% learnt something
- 47% have made changes from last year's attendance
If you missed out, or just want to relive the awesomeness that was, here are a few of the highlights.