12 - 14 July 2022

Selgars Mill, Devon

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Welcome Session

2.30PM

Is the New Economy Really Beyond Politics?

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

3PM

What is Community-led Housing Anyway?

Simin Wadiwala, SEASALT Housing Co-op

3PM

Empowering Places Furthest from Power

Bethan Hunt, Co-ops UK

4.15PM

Unlocking Access to Town Centre Property

Rebecca Trevalyan, Library of Things

4.15PM

Family Farm Succession & Community Ownership

Tom Carman, Shared Assets

5.30PM

How Can We Make Local Food Systems Socially Just?

Nicola Scott

5.30PM

Festival Quiz

Prinx Silver, Friends of the Joiners Arms

6.45PM

Spoken Word: Isaiah Hull

Isaiah Hull, Young Identity

8.15PM

London Afrobeat Collective

9PM

Morning Yoga Class

Tamsin Evans

8AM

Morning Yoga Class

Tamsin Evans

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Tamsin Evans

Wednesday 13th

8AM

This holistic Yoga Flow class provides a balance of dynamic and restorative sequences and techniques to nourish the body, mind and soul. Postures are linked
fluidly and mindfully with the breath to create an energising yet grounding practice. Creative sequences build heat in the body, helping to clear toxins, promote
cardiovascular and respiratory health, and re-energise. The postures improve flexibility, strength and stamina, and enhance coordination, balance and posture by
encouraging deep body awareness. Breathing and relaxation/meditation techniques help to quieten the mind, leaving you feeling centred and calm. All levels of experience are very welcome, and variations of postures are provided to allow each person to practice as appropriate for them. Bring your own mat if you can!

Speaker bio

Tamsin is an experienced and internationally trained yoga teacher/yoga therapist. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching in the UK and abroad
since 2012. As a qualified Yoga Therapist, she is a registered Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council practitioner. She is further certified in Pregnancy Yoga,
Baby Yoga, Baby Massage, and Yoga for Special Needs. Tamsin’s teaching is inspired by the Vinyasa and Vini traditions, and is dynamic, creative and nurturing. She is particularly interested in the link between yoga, mental health and well-being.

Democratic Finance: Equity to community banks

Isla McCulloch, Co-ops UK

10AM

Democratic Finance: Equity to community banks

Isla McCulloch, Co-ops UK

with

Wednesday 13th

10AM

We’ll be taking different perspectives on what democratic finance actually means for businesses and individuals. We’ll discuss the experiences of a variety of co-operative and community businesses across the UK which are increasingly turning to community shares to finance their start-up and expansion. We’ll also hear from Tony Greenham at South West Mutual (and formerly of the RSA) on the wider movement of people-powered banking.

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Community Tech: A digital alternative?

Fergus Arkley, Power to Change

10AM

Community Tech: A digital alternative?

Fergus Arkley, Power to Change

with

Wednesday 13th

10AM

Big tech monopolies continue to increase their influence over our lives. Join us to find out about the community based alternative – Community Tech – where community businesses are driving innovation by creating and owning their own tech solutions to meet their specific needs, the need of their community and peers, and which aligns with their values.

This session will introduce Community Tech, the early adopters, what’s next, and encourage a discussion to consider how we can tap into more community innovation around technology.

Speaker bio

Fergus is the Digital Innovation Manager at Power to Change, a charitable trust that backs community businesses. Fergus has been with Power to Change for 6 years and is currently leading on Community Tech and Digital Transformation. Outside of work, Fergus is helping to build community resilience in his local area.

Liberating Our Work

John Atherton

10AM

Liberating Our Work

John Atherton

with

Wednesday 13th

10AM

Worker cooperation in its earliest forms was a critical reaction to capitalism and the industrial revolution, in the violent transition from agricultural and artisanal production to the factory system.

With a cost of living crisis, an increasingly exploitative and challenging work environment, we believe this is the right time to launch a new organisation. One specifically for those interested in worker co-ops and supporters of industrial democracy. Find out more, and get involved in this session facilitated by John Atherton, workers.coop

Speaker bio

Workers.coop is currently a self-organising collective with big plans. We want to see a much larger, thriving, and interconnected worker co-op movement.

There are many things we want to do:

  • Create a compelling case and authentic voice to promote worker
    co-operation.
  • Develop resources, guides and tools to help people start and run great worker co-ops
  • Build a truly member driven network, that is lean, decentralized but highly effective.
  • Play a full part, alongside Co-operatives UK to build a broad and deep
    co-operative movement.

We are right at the start of this journey.

A New Co-operative Development Agency for Islington

Cooperate Islington

11.15AM

A New Co-operative Development Agency for Islington

Cooperate Islington

with

Polly Robbins

Wednesday 13th

11.15AM

Cooperate Islington is a consortium of co-operatives and community organisers who are working in partnership with Islington Council. We are building a Cooperative Development Agency that will be embedded in Islington for years to come. We provide one-to-one advice, training sessions, funding, workspace, networking opportunities and other resources and support. We are also working with the biggest institutions in the borough, helping them adapt their supply chains to buy goods and services locally from ethical providers.

Speaker bio

Polly Robbins is a member of Outlandish, a London-based worker cooperative that builds websites and data tools for social impact. Outlandish reinvests all surplus into supporting radical technology and developing the co-operative economy. For the last 5 years Polly has been running SPACE4 - a workspace that supports these endeavours and boosts tech skills. SPACE4 has been spearheading Cooperate Islington, currently one of the UKs biggest projects to support the co-op economy and Community Wealth Building. Polly will be talking about how this project has developed and what it might mean for the new economy in coming years.

High Streets and Heritage

Laura Williams, Architectural Heritage Fund

11.15AM

High Streets and Heritage

Laura Williams, Architectural Heritage Fund

with

Wednesday 13th

11.15AM

Communities across the country are finding new uses for empty historic buildings in their town centres. Hear about how the Architectural Heritage Fund is helping groups take ownership of heritage assets to create new community space and reinvigorate high streets. Two urban projects will share their experience of acquiring old buildings, and the process of bringing them back to life – the House of Annetta project at 25 Princelet Street, London, led by Assemble Studio, restoring a vacant 18th century townhouse to create a new social centre to support those working for housing justice and land reform; and a project led by Cliftonville Cultural Space, formed to save and convert a former synagogue in Margate into a cross-cultural multi-arts hub.

Panel discussion, introduced and led by Laura Williams, Programme Officer, Architectural Heritage Fund.

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Live Photography Exhibition

Pete Millson

12PM

Live Photography Exhibition

Pete Millson

with

Wednesday 13th

12PM

Portrait photographer Pete Millson will be shooting this year's festival and then hosting a live projected exhibition on Thursday in the barn stage.

Pete has six of his portraits in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection and is always on the look out for significant visual moments that confer dignity on the people in his photographs.

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Support Clinic

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change

12PM

Support Clinic

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change

with

Wednesday 13th

12PM

Our personal and collective experiences are inextricably linked to wider social and economic structures. Join a brief and confidential one-to-one personal support and solidarity session, available to anyone who may be currently experiencing poorer mental health or wellbeing.


Note: These sessions do not provide emergency/crisis services or ongoing therapy.

Speaker bio

Sally Zlotowitz is a Community & Clinical Psychologist and is currently the CEO of Art Against Knives and the Co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change.

A Mixed Reality Pain Relief Experience

Animorph Co-op

1PM

A Mixed Reality Pain Relief Experience

Animorph Co-op

with

Wednesday 13th

1PM

Put on a state-of-the-art mixed reality headset and experience a simulation that integrates into your surroundings and helps alleviate pain. Expanding perception and playfully hijacking attention, Easel helps users transgress pain. Easel has been developed for Varjo XR-3, the most advanced Mixed Reality headset the current market offers, featuring a human-eye resolution display, with unparalleled hand and eye tracking.

At Animorph's monthly 'Research Lake' sessions, workers investigate medical applications of Mixed Reality. We found that immersive and contextual experiences are well-documented in helping people who suffer from chronic pain.

Find us during the festival to try Easel, and experience the future of Mixed Reality.

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New Economy Rap Workshop

Teddy Reiss, Rap Association

2PM

New Economy Rap Workshop

Teddy Reiss, Rap Association

with

Wednesday 13th

2PM

An interactive rap workshop where you'll write and perform your own verses within groups.

Learn transferable lyric writing skills and embrace your inner rapper. We'll also be giving some lucky individuals/groups the opportunity to perform on Wednesday evening of the festival!

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Owned by Oxford: Building community wealth from the ground up

Owned by Oxford

2PM

Owned by Oxford: Building community wealth from the ground up

Owned by Oxford

with

Dr Dianne Regisford - Owned by Oxford, Jabu Nala-Hartley - Owned by Oxford, Anna Thorne, Simon Grove-White

Wednesday 13th

2PM

Across the UK, people are coming together to bring businesses, buildings and land into community-ownership.

Owned by Oxford is working to build a community-led economy in our City. We are partnering with grass roots community enterprises, alongside larger anchor institutions, to test out and innovate new ideas. 

We want to create a fairer, more inclusive economy in Oxford, that puts people, planet and wellbeing before profit.

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Community Climate Leadership

Locality

2PM

Community Climate Leadership

Locality

with

Wednesday 13th

2PM

How can community organisations lead the just transition? There is huge commitment from communities across the country to step up climate action. But it is not always clear what this means in practice and how climate focused activities can be resourced. Join Locality and friends to hear different ways community organisations are putting the climate crisis at the centre of their missions and how to overcome obstacles to becoming community climate leaders.

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Community Wealth Building in Black & Minoritised Communities

Philip Udeh

3.15PM

Community Wealth Building in Black & Minoritised Communities

Philip Udeh

with

Wednesday 13th

3.15PM

Hear from Ubele on their latest work using Community Wealth Building in Black & Minoritised Communities.

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The End of "the End of History": Politics in the twenty-first century?

George Hoare

3.15PM

The End of "the End of History": Politics in the twenty-first century?

George Hoare

with

Wednesday 13th

3.15PM

The American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, reflecting on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, saw the historical period of the 1990s as inaugurating "the End of History" - an epoch in which all major political questions were thought to be solved, and politics was essentially a process of "good governance" rather than changing society. In recent years, though, we have seen this settled state of affairs overturned across the world, not least by Brexit and Trump in 2016, and then by the global Covid shutdowns, and the prospect of global conflict in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

If the End of History was about boring politics, this certainly isn't the case any more. How should we understand the ways politics in the UK and beyond has changed in recent years - and why did this happen? In this session, we look to provide an account of how we exited this "End of History" period and what that means for democracy, the Left, and class at the post-2016 period we can call "the End of the End of History".

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Punk Aerobics

Charlie Bones

4PM

Punk Aerobics

Charlie Bones

with

Wednesday 13th

4PM

Medium-intensity cardio workout to a punk and ska playlist.

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Diverse Leadership in Community & Environmental Action

The Black & Green Ambassadors

4.30PM

Diverse Leadership in Community & Environmental Action

The Black & Green Ambassadors

with

Wednesday 13th

4.30PM

The Black & Green Ambassadors work with and between diverse communities, businesses, other organisations and individuals to explore, amplify and enable solutions leading to an environmentally and socially just future for all. They do this by connecting, empowering and celebrating diverse leadership and community action on environmental issues in Bristol and beyond; challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and working towards ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative of all communities. This year’s Ambassadors are:

Miss Divine - a DJ, music artist manager, compère and broadcast journalist. Her passions are researching and sharing information about food, the planet and the human body.

Rosina Al-Shaater - a vocalist (Jazz, Soul & Dub Reggae), painter / illustrator and an activist who embraces human empowerment in all its intersectional forms.

Ruth Nortey - a mum of one, a feminist, disabled – she has a visual impairment and general campaigner for equality and social justice issues.

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East Quay: An economics of attachment in practice

Jess Prendergast, Onion Collective

4.30PM

East Quay: An economics of attachment in practice

Jess Prendergast, Onion Collective

with

Wednesday 13th

4.30PM

This session, by Jessica Prendergrast, one of the co-directors of Onion Collective CIC will explore the reality of building a new economic model in Watchet, Somerset, following the launch in September 2021 of their flagship East Quay project.

Framed within their work on Attachment Economics, which examines three forms of connection that flow from community - attachments to place, people and through time - the session will unpick the experience, ambitions, and obstacles of community enterprise over more than a decade of practice.

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Find Balance Through Your Breath

Sara

4.30PM

Find Balance Through Your Breath

Sara

with

Wednesday 13th

4.30PM

We all breathe over 20,000 times a day, but when was the last time you paid attention to a single breath?

Changing the way you breathe can change the way you think and feel. The session by Sara from Breathways provides an opportunity to find your balance through your breath. Relax and destress in the moment and learn valuable tools to support your wellbeing, both in the workplace and at home, supporting you to be happy, healthy, and resilient. Breathwork is a highly effective tool to proactively manage stress and reduce anxiety, as scientific studies have shown that it can reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, by up to 20% after just one session and by up to 50% when repeated regularly. The techniques that Sara teaches are simple and simply transformational.

Come along and give it a go and do bring something to sit on.

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Book launch: Neither Vertical nor Horizontal

Rodrigo Nunes

5.30PM

Book launch: Neither Vertical nor Horizontal

Rodrigo Nunes

with

Wednesday 13th

5.30PM

A decade ago, a wave of mass mobilisations described as “horizontal” and “leaderless” swept the planet, holding the promise of real democracy and justice for the 99%. Many saw its subsequent ebb as proof of the need to go back to what was once called “the question of organisation”. For something so often described as essential, however, political organisation remains a surprisingly under-theorised field. In this book, Rodrigo Nunes proposes to remedy that lack by starting again from scratch. Redefining the terms of the problem, he rejects the confusion between organisation and any of the forms it can take, such as the party, and argues that organisation must be understood as always supposing a diverse ecology of different initiatives and organisational forms. Drawing from a wide array of sources and traditions that include cybernetics, poststructuralism, network theory and Marxism, Nunes develops a grammar that eschews easy oppositions between “verticalism” and “horizontalism”, centralisation and dispersion, and offers a fresh approach to enduring issues like spontaneity, leadership, democracy, strategy, populism, revolution, and the relationship between movements and parties.

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Roundabout Swing Band

7PM

Roundabout Swing Band

with

Wednesday 13th

7PM

The Roundabout Swing Band bring the classic sounds of 30s and 40s Paris into the modern era. Led by accordion and violin, the band cook up a sizzling selection of the finest manouche swing, hot club jazz, musette waltz and gypsy bossa. Backed by a super-tight rhythm section of guitar and double bass, the band will have you swinging along in a flash!

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Live Hip Hop: The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem

The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem

9PM

Live Hip Hop: The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem

The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem

with

Wednesday 13th

9PM

The Mouse Outfit are the UK’s premier Hip Hop band. With a whole heap of new releases gaining them 350,000 current monthly listeners on Spotify, they are back on
the road post lockdown. In the past decade, The Mouse Outfit have worked with over 100 musicians, producers and vocalists in the studio and on the stage under The Mouse Outfit banner. To this day, they have remained independent and retained their DIY hip hop sensibilities, self-releasing three studio albums and a remix album. A prolific music video production team, they have now released over 60 music videos and gained over 20 million views in the process, helping win the band a slew of hardcore fans worldwide.


The live show has always been The Mouse Outfit’s secret weapon. They have wowed audiences with their dynamic live shows throughout the UK and in 15 countries across the globe. For this tour, Koj & Ayite will be on vocal duties, performing brand new Mouse Outfit material alongside classic material from The Mouse Outfit’s 3 award winning studio albums.

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Wood-fired Sauna

Saunair

12PM

Wood-fired Sauna

Saunair

with

Wednesday 13th

12PM

Saunas originated in Finland many centuries ago and are commonly found in houses across Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Now you can have the Finnish sauna experience in the UK with Saunair’s traditional barrel sauna.

Sauna, meaning ‘bath’ or ‘bathhouse’, provides a way to cleanse your body through perspiration as a result of the Löyly – the heat and steam that surrounds you in the sauna as water is poured on the hot rocks.

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Morning Yoga Class

Tamsin Evans

8AM

Morning Yoga Class

Tamsin Evans

with

Tamsin Evans

Thursday 14th

8AM

This holistic Yoga Flow class provides a balance of dynamic and restorative sequences and techniques to nourish the body, mind and soul. Postures are linked
fluidly and mindfully with the breath to create an energising yet grounding practice. Creative sequences build heat in the body, helping to clear toxins, promote
cardiovascular and respiratory health, and re-energise. The postures improve flexibility, strength and stamina, and enhance coordination, balance and posture by
encouraging deep body awareness. Breathing and relaxation/meditation techniques help to quieten the mind, leaving you feeling centred and calm. All levels of experience are very welcome, and variations of postures are provided to allow each person to practice as appropriate for them. Bring your own mat if you can!

Speaker bio

Tamsin is an experienced and internationally trained yoga teacher/yoga therapist. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching in the UK and abroad
since 2012. As a qualified Yoga Therapist, she is a registered Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council practitioner. She is further certified in Pregnancy Yoga,
Baby Yoga, Baby Massage, and Yoga for Special Needs. Tamsin’s teaching is inspired by the Vinyasa and Vini traditions, and is dynamic, creative and nurturing. She is particularly interested in the link between yoga, mental health and well-being.

Exit to whom? Workers & community businesses

Mark Simmonds

10AM

Exit to whom? Workers & community businesses

Mark Simmonds

with

Thursday 14th

10AM

The culture and the policy environment around the successful growth of community business and community investment has, up to now, disfavoured the worker co-operative sector by excluding the model from support programmes and guidance resources. Mark will explore how we got here and we'll discuss some of the ways that we might use new models to empower workers in the next generation of community businesses.

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Principle Five: Education, research, & the new economy

Kiri Langmead

10AM

Principle Five: Education, research, & the new economy

Kiri Langmead

with

with Matthew Wilson, Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

Thursday 14th

10AM

Principle Five of the Cooperative Aims and Principles is Education, but it is not immediately clear how, or if, this translates into practice. Movement-led education is currently thin on the ground, and relationships between grassroots movements and the increasingly neoliberal world of universities are equally scarce.

In this session we'll be hearing from academics working with cooperators on the coproduction of new research with ambitions to strengthen cooperative forms of education.

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The Commonsphere: Beyond public and private

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University

10AM

The Commonsphere: Beyond public and private

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University

with

Thursday 14th

10AM


Speaker bio

Torange Khonsari is Co-Founder and Director of the urbanism, public art and architecture practice Public Works. Torange has taught architecture and design for 21 years, and currently teaches Design for Cultural Commons at London Metropolitan University. her strategic design practice focuses on transformational design, design as form of inquiry, and design intervention as forms of new urban imaginary.

The Blair Years & its Legacy in Community Economic Development

Les Huckfield

11.15AM

The Blair Years & its Legacy in Community Economic Development

Les Huckfield

with

Thursday 14th

11.15AM

At the turn of the new millennium, forces in and around New Labour initiated a political coup against co-ops, installing in their place a new discourse of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Join Les Huckfield – the author of How Blair Killed the Co-ops – to discuss what this paradigm shift has meant for the radical postcapitalist potential of the cooperative movement and how we might reclaim social enterprise from the neoliberal turn.

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Support Clinic

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change

12PM

Support Clinic

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change

with

Thursday 14th

12PM

Our personal and collective experiences are inextricably linked to wider social and economic structures. Join a brief and confidential one-to-one personal support and solidarity session, available to anyone who may be currently experiencing poorer mental health or wellbeing.


Note: These sessions do not provide emergency/crisis services or ongoing therapy.

Speaker bio

Sally Zlotowitz is a Community & Clinical Psychologist and is currently the CEO of Art Against Knives and the Co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change.

Neighbourhood Commons

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University

12.15PM

Neighbourhood Commons

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University

with

Thursday 14th

12.15PM

Cultural Commons can offer a new way of designing equitable cultural practices that consider social and ecological care. For this to happen we need to dig into forms of production, origins of materials we use, forms of exchange and dissemination of these cultural artifacts, and in turn the system of objects they construct outside commodities. By placing cultural production within the commons there is the potential to systemically shift how we labour and structure relationships of power.

For this workshop, attendees will be asked to map a cultural/artistic project they have done exploring the types of goods they have produced and its production methods, mapped against the cultural commons model. We will discuss the types of cultural common goods produced or needs production and obstacles we may need to overcome to construct a cultural commons system towards a commons sphere.

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Whose Campus is this?

Adam Rich

12.15PM

Whose Campus is this?

Adam Rich

with

Debbie Leigh, Dave Boyle

Thursday 14th

12.15PM

The New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill has been set up by Stir to Action as an immersive work and play campus for building a democratic economy. In the Autumn, Stir to Action is soft launching the first college: the College for the Democratic Economy starting with monthly 3-day residentials. We want to bring in other organisations to share the campus with us and develop their own colleges. A College for Land Reform? A College for Social Justice? These organisations join us as consortium members and will co-own the campus alongside Stir to Action, helping develop it as a critical piece of educational infrastructure in the UK.As part of this new model, the New Economy Centre is converting to a Community Benefit Society and will be launching a community share offer too. Join our panel discussion to discuss who’s campus this really is.

Speaker bio

Adam is the Creative Director at Stir to Action and the New Economy Centre and is overseeing the centre's conversion to a Community Benefit Society.

Debbie Leigh is the Community Builder at the New Economy Centre.

Boomerang Bowling

Bon Sabotage

3PM

Boomerang Bowling

Bon Sabotage

with

Thursday 14th

3PM

Bowling used to be straight forward…not anymore. This curvaceous bowling alley quite literally bends the rules so the ball can return like a boomerang to strike the pins at your feet.

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Stir to Action's Playground for the New Economy Festival takes place in July at the New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill.

In 2021, we were joined by over 200 people who were challenged and inspired during a unique three days of provocative conversations, live podcasts, interactive workshops, idea surgeries, sustainable food, wood-fired sauna, games, craft beer, and live music!

Our 2022 festival will be our biggest yet! The line-up will be announced early 2022. Check-in is from 12 midday Tuesday 12 July and check-out by 4pm Thursday 14 July.

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