With this year’s festival just over the horizon, we’ve been busy evolving the shape and feel of our program to better fit the sustainability agenda. We believe that there are no isolated problems, and therefore no isolated solutions. With this in mind, Renew Fest will be breaking down disciplinary barriers. We’re asking economists to sit down with permaculturalists, solar technicians and architects with biodiversity academics and birth-workers. This year’s program will be powerful and brave, collaborative and grounded. Stay tuned for the full program announcement in the coming weeks.

To make sure we don’t drift off into abstract theoretical space, we’ve asked six local organisations to host sessions. These organisations will give the discussions context and provide a real-world lab in which to test our ideas.

The six trail-blazing organisations, and their corresponding topics are:

Byron Shire Council – The Tools of New-Democracy

Mullum Music Festival – Consciously Created Culture

The Byron Shire Echo – Fake News, Trump and the Death of Big Media

Bruns Eco Village – The DNA of Resilient Communities

Santos Organics – A Food Sovereignty Roadmap

COREM – Disrupting Monopolies and Market Power

At Renew Fest we recognise the unique depth of wisdom available in the Northern Rivers Region, and believe that, as citizens of the earth, we all have something to contribute to the conversation. Indeed, since the climate crisis affects everyone, we are all experts in our own way. As such, we are looking to create a ‘jam culture’ at Renew Fest this year. Key sessions will give us the opportunity to get an insight into a topic or issue, before we break into smaller workgroups, to jam with speakers, experts and each other on actual solutions.

We need you. Your perspective might be just what the world is waiting to hear.

Mullumbimby Showgrounds 18 May – 20 May 2018. Tickets are available now, visit for further information.