Thursday, July 10, 2008

Grassroots fresh energy to win the race against climate change - Media Release - 10th July 2008

Greenfest – free green festival of emerging arts and community action

Australia’s “largest free, green and emerging arts festival” happens at South Bank, Brisbane 10 – 12 October this year.

Greenfest, with more than 150 confirmed music acts, speakers, artists and film makers, will also feature at least 100 exhibitors showing “green” cars, building, fashion, organic food, as well as presenting education and career opportunities for young and old.

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman today announced the Brisbane City Council’s support for Greenfest.

“This is a unique event that will yet again show Brisbane as a leader in sustainability,” he said.

“Greenfest is in the spirit of Council’s GreenHeart CitySmart campaign, which uses grassroots changes to protect what we love.”

The Lord Mayor also announced that the world-renowned naturalist and UN Peace Ambassador Dr Jane Goodall would launch Greenfest in Brisbane in October.

Greenfest will feature four distinct outdoor exhibition areas each with a different theme:

• Green Street Mall showing greener prodicts to improve the home, fashion, technology, personal care, travel, energy efficient white goods and lesiure products;
• Green Motor Show features a “race against climate change” with a line-up of low emission “green” cars from all the major automobile manufacturers;
• Green Career Show promotes greener opportunities for careers across all industries;
• Green Bake is all about organic food, drinks, cooking, celebrity chefs, great tastes, fresh food markets and healthy living.

Greenfest Director Colman Ridge said “Greenfest is about coming together to share ideas and practical actions to win the race against climate change.”

“The festival will be based in Brisbane with ambitions to become the world’s largest free green leadership festival within 5 years. It uniquely focusses on the fresh energy of new ideas and emerging arts as a means of creating a greener world ” Mr Ridge said at the launch.

In a letter of support just received from Jane Goodall, Mr Ridge quoted Dr Jane Goodall as saying:

“Greenfest is a wonderful grassroots initiative, highlighting Brisbane’s leadership and commitment to conservation, our environment and taking care of the community we live in. I commend the people of Brisbane for initiating such a wonderful event.”

Greenfest is supported across the community from government to business and conservation organisations to individuals. Interest in exhibiting from green business leaders has been tremendous and whilst not sold out yet, Mr Ridge said we are likely to close bookings for Greenfest 2008 by end of July.

The organisers also welcome groups and individuals to become involved with Greenfest as volunteers helping out at the three-day event. For more information or to offer to be involved visit

Released on behalf of Greenfest by Ken Hickson/ABC Carbon. Media enquiries to ; telephone 3371 0016 or mobile 040262 982

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