More than 4,000 people are expected to converge on Moulamein from today for the annual Easter ConFest.
The event is promoted as a gathering of people wishing to share talents, skills, ideas, concerns and philosophies in a caring, fun loving and tolerant atmosphere.
Kate Sarah, who is one of the event’s organisers, said volunteers present workshops, skill sharing and entertainment.
‘‘Every single person on the site over the festival is a volunteer. We all co-create ConFest,’’ she said.
‘‘The event is a great way to improve or gain new skills, with popular workshops at previous events including singing, dancing, tai chi, yoga, jamming, alternative technology, circus skills, meditation, cooking and personal development.
‘‘You can also participate in one of the volunteer led activities or workshops at the themed villages such as permaculture, or Craft Café, have a mud bath or swim down at the river.
‘‘ConFest is like its own temporary city and within it are themed villages, communities, and events that everyone creates, builds, shares and maintains.’’
A long running and very popular ConFest tradition is the communal artists’ village. Activities include body and sign painting, life drawing, clay work, organic art and photography. Artists, models and workshop facilitators are always welcome.
At the open microphone ‘Open Stage’, ConFest participants perform poetry, music, circus acts and comedy for each other impromptu, and at various spaces around the site people can hear acoustic music and African drumming.
A silent disco operates each evening, and there will also be a ‘Holi’ colour event, where participants will be given coloured flour, and then the fun will begin.
Once inside the festival, all events are free.
ConFest is held at ‘Woorooma’, east of Moulamein, on the Edward River.
The event runs from today until Monday, with gates closing at 3pm Tuesday.
For more information on the event go to www.confest.org.au.