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Canberra’s Living Green Festival is turning 5!

Canberra’s biggest ‘green’ community event turns 5 this year! The Living Green Festival has confirmed its place in the ACT’s event calendar as one of the most exciting and innovative ‘green’ events in the region. No other festival combines key issues such as climate change, sustainability and energy efficiency, with compassion and care for animals and the environment—and turns it into a totally fun day for the whole family! That’s just one of the many unique aspects of Canberra’s very own Living Green Festival! Where else could you find stalls about double glazing your windows and the very latest in water tanks, next to stalls about caring for wildlife or rescuing dogs? Or stalls selling the most delicious vegan cupcakes next to stalls promoting electric or bamboo bikes?

Event manager Jess Ferry said: ‘The great thing about the Living Green Festival is that it takes a whole bunch of serious issues like climate change and sustainable living, and offers festival goers solutions that are fun and, when it comes to sustainable and low-carbon food, so delicious as well!’ To demonstrate the extraordinary range of low-carbon, plant-based food available in Australia today, the Festival will feature vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free cuisines from around the globe including Salvadorean, Eritrean, Malaysian, Mexican, and even Aussie pies and a traditional Aussie BBQ.

The animal-friendly nature of the event is best demonstrated by its very own dog café, where dogs and their keepers can snack on delicious, healthy plant-based baked goods.

The live entertainment this year will feature a line-up of fresh new talent from around the region. There’ll be Lucy Sugerman, a 13 year old singer and guitarist and Folk Festival veteran, recent National Eisteddfod medallists Breeding Audacity, Mahogany Road with some of the Capital’s brightest young brass instrumentalists, and Liam White, a.k.a GhostNoises, a young Canberra based recording artist and producer.  Dancers from the Gungahlin Dance Academy will also be performing live.

The amazing Living Green Festival Kidzone will also be bigger and better than ever this year with lots of *free* fun for all the family. Kids (and kids-at-heart) can get active by having a go on the 8m rock climbing wall. There will also be kids’ yoga classes, face-painting, board games, eco arts and craft, and a colouring-in competition run by the local Little Oak Sanctuary.

For the adults there will be food workshops and fascinating talks on a wide range of topics including sustainable diets, bike maintenance and vegan parenting. Plus of course up to 80 stalls featuring an enormous array of ‘green’ and animal-friendly business and community organisations. At the top of the list will be the Festival’s main sponsor Magnetite, showcasing its impressive range of energy efficiency solutions for windows and homes.

Jess Ferry added: ‘The Living Green Festival really is a unique opportunity to experience a kinder shade of green for a day. And the festival is free to enter, so absolutely everyone is welcome!’

What: The 5th Living Green Festival
Where: Albert Hall, Canberra
When: Sunday, 4 October, 10-4pm (last weekend of the NSW school holidays)
Why: a kinder shade of green for the planet, animals and humans

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