2016-communityprogram1Now in its 9th year, Mullum Music Festival is currently in transition to becoming a plastic bottle free festival. Organisers realize its not enough to just implement change, you have to have the conversations that help facilitate behavioural change. Maybe if you go plastic bottle free at a festival, you’ll go plastic free forever! In addition to this, MMF planted their 6000th tree at their annual 2016 TREE PLANTING, and has teamed up with RENEW FEST to present this year’s Sustainability Community Program.

Festival Director Glenn Wright is on a mission. A Green mission…

‘In 2016 we will be transitioning towards a festival free from disposable plastic water bottles and cups. We are asking all festival-goers, crew and artists to bring re-usable water or drink bottles to the festival. Water refills will be offered at all festival venues and a filtered water station will be in place outside Santos Organics. Reusable drink bottles and cups will also be available for purchase at the Renew Fest stall all festival.’

To get into the spirit of plastic free, Renew Fest have programmed this year’s MMF Community Program, which includes forums on plastic solutions, renewable energy, sustainable development and waste sustainability at festivals.’fourplay-flamingos

Fourplay’s Tim Hollo is involved with Green Music Australia, an artist led group who harness the cultural power of music and musicians to practically lead the way to a greener world.

According to Tim, festivals should be places that demonstrate sensible thoughtful behavior in relation to the even impacts on the environment.

Tim says there are three things a festival goer can do to reduce impacts.

‘You can use green transport options such as car-pooling, or public transport. You can use your reduce waste by using your own water bottle and thirdly you can use your voice. If a festival isn’t taking its environmental responsibilities seriously, we as punters should tell them.’

Tim Hollo will be a featured speaker along with Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson, Kim Pengelly (Deputy GM of Woodfordia), and Mat Morris from Nrth Byron Parklands to speak on ‘Waste, Sustainability & Festivals’ at Mullum Music’s Renew Fest Community Program.

Renew Fest is dedicated to education that leads to creating actions. With presentations in Plastic Pollution Solutions, Community Owned Renewable Energy, and an Introduction to Permaculture, the focus is on practical sustainabie practice. Renew Fest also looks at building community engagement as a key factor in creating sustainable outcomes. There will also be a Heritage Park walk with Dave Rawlins, a weaving workshop, how to use ancient traditions to create health and prosperity at the Metamorphosis with in the Community presentation, First Light Community Mental Health Support and a Community Land Trust Discussion.

 All events are included in the Mullum Music Festival Ticket price, or gold coin donation to non-ticket holders.

View the MMF Renew Fest Community Program here

Visit GREEN MUSIC Australia here


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