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Two further headlining guests have been announced for Renew Fest, which describes itself as a ‘festival of full system regenerative change’

Festival director, Ella Rose Goninan, says, ‘A regenerative future needs to be for everyone, and needs to involve everyone, from the ground up. This requires a frank conversation, and transformative actions, around who decides what and who owns what, when it comes to all aspects of living well on our planet’.

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Australia’s first female Muslim federal senator, Mehreen Faruqi, and Indigenous cultural burning practitioner with Firesticks, Rachael Cavanagh, will join the conversation at Mullumbimby’s Showgrounds from May 7–9.

Both are champions of environmental and women’s rights, says Ms Goninan.

‘The festival publicly states that its core values are deep listening, truth-speaking, and creative connection, and both Faruqi and Cavanagh are set to embolden this platform’.

The festival program features a strong contingent of Indigenous and ethnically diverse women including Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann (via Zoom), Judy Atkinson, Delta Kay, Dione Payn, Swarna Taylor, Vashti Eastern and Joss Lewis.

The Multicultural Presenters Group from BayFM will have a tent at the festival to interview and feature the festival’s Indigenous and multicultural guests.

The festival is a registered COVID Safe event.

For more info and ticktes visit www.renewfest.org.au.


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