Commonground Festival - November 16

Commonground Festival will be held November 16-18 on the co-operative's 95 acres of rejuvenated bushland near Tallarook, one hour north of Melbourne.

The festival is "about working together to make the world a better place and having one heck of a good time along the way," according to organiser Carl Freeman.

Themes of the festival are community, music, workshops, food and nature.

The bands will include Dallas Frasca, Sugar Fed Leopards, The Dean, The Seven Ups, Eight Foot Felix, Deep Street Soul and Quantum Milkshake.

Koori Culture also forms part of the festival, with the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation incorporated in the festival.

Gates open at 12pm on Friday, November 16. Music and workshops will continue through to 3pm on Sunday, November 18.

Tickets includes camping for three days and two nights and numbers will be limited to 500. Children under the age of 15 are free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. A concession ticket is available for concession card holders or locals who will not be camping.

Alongside a "curated program of social change workshops", an "Unconference" stream will be held, also known as Open Space.

Anyone with a topic or tool to support social change (or even a conversation on a social change topic that they would like to have with other change-makers) can offer a 1.5 hour session during the Unconference program.

"Do you ever wonder what the world would be like if people were better connected?" Carl asked.

"Better connected to the people around them, the place they live, the earth they tread, the food they eat, the work they do, the beat of their heart, the whole human experience? Connected to purpose, principles and passion?

"Commonground is a vibrant example of that better connected world: A community of changemakers dedicated to the purpose of supporting the social change movement.

"This is a festival that celebrates social change, a place to experience what life could be like."

Commonground has been resourcing the social change movement since 1984.

The festival is a fundraiser for Commonground, a non-profit social enterprise/charity that supports social justice, environmental, disadvantaged and community groups.

A wide range of meals and snacks using fresh, locally-sourced produce will be available. A lot of the veggies will be grown organically onsite.

The festival campground is nestled under shady trees, with spacious sites and views of the surrounding farmland, creek and small mountain range.

There is also a deep dam on the property, suitable for a swim in hot weather.

For further information, see the festival website.

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