CONFEST AND THE NEXT 250 YEARS
Past and Future Possibilities
A Collection commenced from Jan. 1991 gathering writings from the 1960s and 1970s onwards. Updated Oct. 2014.
Adapted Collection of writings from the 1960s onwards. Latest Update Oct. 2014
This Section contains a set of papers and monographs on ConFest, an alternative living camp-out conference festival that commenced in S.E. Australia in 1976 and continues to this day.
ConFest by Night
Its community processes explore how to work together well.
Typically between 3,000 and 5,000 people of all ages attend. Up to 870 workshops and many happenings and events occur over the 5 or 7 days. Adult tickets are Aus$100 plus two hours contribution and $1 for children 15 years and under. All events, workshops, and other happenings are put on free by volunteers.
A core group linked to the Down To Earth Cooperative ensure that a site is available, with cleaning drinking and showering water, pit toilets, paths and roads and a market.
This non-profit Conference Festival always runs on a considerable surplus and the energy collective is financially robust.
Happenings during ConFest are not preplanned. It is an emergent self-organising process.
Twilight at ConFest
The above two photos are from the ConFest Internet Site.
One theme is ‘exploring alternative ways of living well together with each other and mother earth’.
ConFest is viewed by many as an exemplary global model of a grassroots volunteer mutual-help festival.
ConFest is a vibrant generator of possibilities for thriving global futures
All Coffee Break Conferencing at ConFest
ConFest and Global Futures
Fraser House as Precursor to ConFest
The Take-Off Point for the Next Cultural Synthesis
Some additional material is in the PDF version