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This year's Living Smart Festival is going online!

In what would have been its 11th year, the Living Smart Festival is going online in 2020, with a program of events running from September to December.  The switch to an online format this year was prompted by COVID-19, but Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said the festival's values and themes remained.

“It was a difficult decision to cancel the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park this year, but the online program is a fantastic alternative in keeping with its sustainability theme.”

This year’s line-up includes A-list personalities and hot-topic items, with some of the highlights including:

Sarah Wilson

Date: Wednesday 7 October

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson will be presenting a one-hour evening session and audience Q&A covering her new book, 'this one wild and precious life', Wilson has struck a chord in her home nation, with her various books selling one million-plus copies Australia-wide.

“I hope my book and next month’s talk will help inspire others to act, to talk up, to step outside and immerse themselves in nature.”

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Tim Flannery

Date: Wednesday 2 December

A former Australian of the Year who heads Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation, Tim will speak about his ‘climate cure’ action plan for the future. This session will also include an audience Q&A.

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Steph De Sousa

Date: Month of November

Masterchef contestant Steph De Sousa will feature in a November ‘Meat-Free Challenge’, where participants who sign up will receive recipe cards and online tips from De Sousa herself to help trial eating less meat in their lives.

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Hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council, the LSF Beyond 2020 program will also feature a range of free online workshops, talks and webinars. The first-class line up of speakers is testament to the reputation Living Smart has developed over the last decade, and Council’s commitment to these important issues.

“We’re excited and honoured that some of Australia’s leading lights in sustainability and conservation have signed up to take part in Living Smart Beyond 2020,” Mr Bryant said. Other highlights of the festival include:

  • Former Australian Geographic Society Conservationist of the Year Natalie Isaacs will be talking about fighting climate change by changing the way we live at her November talk.
  • Wardrobe stylist and slow fashion advocate Joanne Gambale will host workshops on how to op-shop like a pro, and how to buy and sell second hand and vintage clothing online.
  • During October there will also be various online workshops aiming to help people understand and reduce their energy bills and learn more about creative, community-financed solar power options for homes and businesses.

Bookings are essential, to reserve your spot visit livingsmartfestival.com.au