Boonah's World Environment Day Festival

A huge array of exhibitors, workshops, demonstrations, art and performances will be showcased at this weekend’s World Environment Day Festival in Boonah.

This free event which celebrates and inspires sustainable communities, is presented by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS), and is coming up on Saturday 7 June at the Outlook, 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations relates to the Small Island Developing States and the impact that climate change has on them. The slogan is ‘Raise your Voice, not the Sea Level’.

Boonah’s event has a focus on the small island nation of Kiribati, with the community represented throughout the day with traditional food and dance.

Kiribati is situated in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. As a nation, it has more water than land; it’s one of the most isolated countries in the world and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change in rising sea levels.

The event officially opens at 9.30am with a moving traditional acknowledgement smoking ceremony, and a welcome by a representative of the Australian Kiribati community.

The all day live entertainment features the best from around our region, including performances of specially written songs like ‘Sea Levels Rising’ and ‘Keep it in the Ground’.

Special guests include the music and comedy duo Babbling Trillbilly’s and Paul Robert Burton who travels the country with messages to protect our land, water and future from invasive gas fields, open cut and long-wall mining.

Also on the program is the Magic Composting Show with Madam Mulch, demonstrations on sourdough, sauerkraut and coconuts, guitar pick punching, sewing and printmaking, and so much more.

A huge assortment of artisan stalls will be selling local organic produce including cheeses, olives, preserves and confectionary; loads of plants and vintage and upcycled pallet furniture, antiques and collectibles, jewellery, and fashion. Local beers, wines and verjuice also feature.

The festival is a plastic bag free event, and we encourage visitors to bring their own bags or take advantage of the many stall holders providing great options in upcvcled bags, including ones made from chicken and horse feed bags, cement bags, denim jeans, and even baling twine.

This year, visitors can discover just how easy it is to sew their own bags. Demonstrations will show how to cut out the fabric, and sew it into bags. Templates for patterns will be available to take away.

Free children’s workshops include Tribal Mask Making, Webs of Life, and Native Wildlife and the Recycled Craft Room will be operating all day. Sandal making workshops will show people how to make their own from recycled rubber.

The Junkyard Dogs Upcycled Marching Band Workshop is an opportunity for young and old to learn some rhythms and perform with upcycled metal kitchenalia decorated helmets and repurposed blue water container drums.

The family friendly day has something for everyone, including a great multi prize raffle featuring lots of sustainable prizes from our local and visiting businesses.

For more information on the entertainment, workshop and demonstration programs, and the list of stallholders and the special recycling bays, please visit http://boonahboss.blogspot.com.au/


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