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 Not Waste Festival 2019

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Thank you so much to everyone involved with Not Waste Festival 2019. What a weekend!



Workshops During The Festival 

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April

9am till 12

@ Denmark Civic Centre


Saturday 6th April

Kids Art Club – Kendel                 

Saturday 6th April 9 am


Art Club is all about having fun, getting creative and trying out lots of different styles and mediums. You don’t need to be an amazing artist to enjoy art, all you need to do is give it a go and see where the creative journey takes you. Kids of all ages can do this with friends or make new creative friends.
Art club is for everyone, home schoolers, special needs, parents (kids at heart).

Click here to book for Kids Art Club

Soap Making From Waste Products – Ruby Lentil (Ruth Maddren)                    

Saturday 6th April 10 to 12 am


Have you ever wanted to make soap? Well now is your chance! Learn to use animal fat as a resource. This is readily available and has been used for centuries in home soap making. Get instructed on how to render, plus step by step soap making with a take-home of your own that can be cut, cured and ready for use in a few weeks. Instructions and recipes, plus all materials and safety gear provided. Class of 8. Bookings essential – 0427991459   Click here to book.

Natural Wine Making – Matt Eastwell, Freehand Wines

Saturday 6th April 11 to 12 noon

$15 Waged $10 Unwaged (must be over 18yrs)

An informative and open discussion about natural wine styles and process, paired with a guided tasting and tips on how to taste wine. Freehand will also be serving there amazing wine, Wilsons beer and food at the event.
Limited numbers bookings essential.

Sunday 7th April

Practical Waste Reduction At Home with Permadoll – Tess Bryant                                          
Sunday 7th April 9 am
$15 waged $10 unwaged
Tess Bryant (Permadoll) will run you through some simple and practical ways that you can reduce your waste in your own home. You can make a difference!

Funk On Junk – Ollie Watkins

Sunday 7th April 10 to 11 am

$15 waged $10 unwaged

Funky, syncopated group percussion on salvaged buckets, plastic drums, pots and pans, tin can shakers and more. Ollie has a huge amount of experience working with percussionists of any skill level. He will challenge you to push yourself further. There is no such thing as can’t.  You don’t need money to get into playing music. Come and be amazed by the sounds that you can create. Click here to book.


3 ways to turn Foodscraps to Fertiliser  – Rob Gulley & Brenda Conochie
Sunday 7th April 11am
Free Event
If you’ve never tried, or you did try but ended up in a stinky mess, or you’d like some extra tips, this presentation is for you!
11.00 Twin Bin composting
11.45 Bokashi fermentation kitchen composting
12.00 – 12.30 Worm farming
Front of Civic Centre

Events At The Waste Not Bizarre

12.30 – 4.30 pm



Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April

Make A Statement – Denmark Upcycle Collective                                            

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 12:30 to 4:30 pm

$10 per T-shirt

Print your own T-shirt statement with Denmark Upcycle Collective’s Linoblock Alphabet.  Re-vitalize that old t-shirt or grab a t-shirt from the Denmark Upcycle Collective’s selection. We know you have a lot to say! So come on, tell the world.

Fix Your Own Bike with Ali Marshall                                                 

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 12:30 to 4:30 pm

Cost varies 

Learn basic bike maintenance and repairs with one of Denmarks foremost authorities on bike maintinence. Learn to diagnose problems/ adjust brakes and gears/ puncture repair and more

Bag Making Workshop with Plastic Reduction Denmark                                                                              
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Free Workshop!
Please come join in for a while and take home your own designed shopping bag plus some net fruit/ veg/nut bags
Bring your own machines, scissors & extension cord
Non sewers can become sewers with free tuition & machines provided

Nerf Gun Mods with Luca Gentle 

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 12:30 to 4:30 pm 

Cost varies                                                                                             

More plastic toys yes I know but what if we viewed these throw-away items as a learning tool!  Every second hand shop is filled with them but its what is inside that counts. Luca will teach you how to dismantle/ modify/ improve your nerf gun. The skill of being confident to dismantle items for repair and improvement is a huge step towards extending the life of all mechanical items. ‘Cause lets face it they break. Don’t be afraid. Take control!

Kids Art Club with Kendel

6 & 7 April

$5/ activity

Come and enjoy making some upcyled CD art.  During this session we will be painting on CD’s, transferring a mandala design onto our CD and then enjoying scratching out our pattern.  Great class for the beginner artist who would like to try something different.

Kids come along and have fun creating some upcycled art with CD’s. We will be creating some fun CD animals.  Also available come get creative and make a bracelet out of beads and wire. 


Learn to crochet rag rugs , restored machinery display, food, drinks, bar  and so much more………


Evening Events  

Friday night (5th April) 

5:30pm til 10:30pm

Free Entry

Possible Futures – Waste Reduction in Denmark – Public Discussion Panel

Want to know what possible futures there are for waste reduction in our town? Got questions? Don’t miss out on our Friday night panel of local experts Cr Peter Caron (Deputy Shire President), Dr Louise Duxbury, Liz Jack (CEO Chamber of Commerce, Karen Anderson (Plastic Reduction Denmark), Brad Waldron (Education Officer Cleanaway Albany) and James Gentle (Tip Shop Manager).

Laughter Yoga with Kimmy O’Meara

Too much talking rubbish? Well just laugh it off with kimmy and her infectious laughter

Upcycled Fashion Parade – Open to all clothing upcyclers                     

Do you make clothing from stuff people throw away? Well don’t just hide it in the closet…. come and show us! The parade hosted by Denmark Upcycle Collective will feature clothing from a number of local rethinkers of fabric. Watch the parade, show us your stuff or jump up and be in the parade…. it’s up to you. Music for the parade will be by “One Game Boy” (music entirely written and performed on a 1980’s Gameboy.) Contact Ruth to get involved – 0427991459

Special Guests ECLECTICA – Denmark’s Community Choir

Eclectica will lead us in a rousing version of our Tipmass Carols. With classics such as “Deck the halls with piles of landfill” and “Hark the Tip Shop flies they sing” its bound to be a lot of fun.

The Tip Shop DJ

An amazing and eclectic collection of tip shop/op shop records to keep the party going. Duke Ellington identified two types of music good and bad. He neglected to include Tip Shop music! Thrill to Hammond Agogo and Ripper 85!!!! Plus many more!


Saturday Night (6th April)


Harry Jakamarra and Elwood Gray

Saturday 6th April 6pm 


Broome brothers Harry Jakamarra and Elwood Gray are touring in support of Harry’s latest EP, ‘In Your Town Tonight’, bringing their own brand of alt-country down from the Kimberley.

With a dark yet Australian tinge their songs have the staying power of the modern greats.

Reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the boys create vocal harmonies of a quality that only blood can blend. With virtuosic playing and a telepathic ease on stage, the brothers either hold crowds dead silent, hanging on every word, or stampeding in a tropical sweat to the dance floor.

These road worn young troubadours are fast carving a serious foothold in the national music scene, playing major festivals and venues throughout Australia. They are on a steady rise out of the desert and into the hearts and playlists of music lovers with a taste for enduring quality.

Carbon Element – Exploring the darker side of waste through contemporary dance

9 pm to 12 pm

$15 Waged $10 Unwaged

Three of our magnificent Denmark contemporary dancers will explore our relationship to waste.

Annette Charmicheal with Circular Box, 5 piece Intonarumori band featuring James Gentle, Jex Von Cobra, Ruth Maddren, Jennie Newman and John Briggs Plus improvised projection by Tim Dunn. The group will look at our relationship to the mecanized world. We have endless items in our homes and lives that we have never seen inside of. The magic of the sealed box that warranty (the guardian of all sealed boxes) protects with its life.

Click here to book for Carbon Element


Plastic Fish, Nari Lees

Plastic Fish contemplates our use of plastic and its impact on ocean life. Plastics collected from household use and marine debris collected from local beaches, will go towards construction of the Plastic Fish sculpture. Seen as a being-in-itself in relationship with the performer.

Currently it takes a lot of effort for us ‘not’ to use plastic. Plastic Fish demonstrates the insidious nature of plastic in our lives; How can we as Communities deal with this issue? What can we do as Consumers? As Business owners? As Australians? To address this ever increasing problem.

Click here to book for Carbon Element 


Sumer Addy, Mark Gretton and James Gentle on scrap metal, a broken keyboard and other toys.The performance will be exploring the huge amount of wasted clothing that ends up in landfill. Sumer, with a weeks worth of clothing that was thrown out by the tip shop and her incredible skills as a dancer, will explore the urgent need to change our habits.

Click here to book for Carbon Element 


The Tip Shop DJ

An amazing and eclectic collection of tip shop/op shop records to keep the party going. Duke Ellington identified two types of music good and bad. He neglected to include Tip Shop music! Thrill to Hammond Agogo and Ripper 85!!!! Plus many more!

Sunday Night(7th April)

An Invitation To Ruin – Film by Robert Castiglione  

6 pm

$15 Waged $10 Unwaged
Composer and free form performer Ross Bolleter explores the
world of musical improvisation through dead and dying
pianos. Plus a playing of 17 mins of bonus audio? Want to know more click An Invitation to Ruin Promo.

Click here to book An Invitation To ruin!

DJ Mr Bruce

Don’t finish the weekend yet! Keep it going at the after party with Denmark’s own Mr Bruce. An amazing and eclectic collection of tip shop/op shop records to keep the party going.

Before the Festival

The Art Of Upcycling – Denmark Upcycle Collective (Ruth Maddren)

Six Sundays – 24th Feb – 31 March


Cost $30/ day $150 for all six workshops

BYO food and drink

Learn the art of upcycling. Join the worldwide movement of ethical fashion. It’s not an oxymoron! Use simple sewing taught with instructions to creatively combine existing clothing. Reinvent, unravel ordinary, turn generic upside down. Use valuable textiles as a resource. It’s not what you look at it’s what you see. Materials and machines provided. Learn a new technique each week. Bookings essential – see Not Waste Festival Posters page for booking links or call 0427991459 or click below

Workshop#1   –  Closed

Workshop#2   –  Closed

Workshop#3   –  Closed

Workshop#4   – Closed

Workshop#5   –  24th March

Workshop#6  –  31st March

E’Waste Not E’Want Not Workshops (John Davy)       

Sunday 17th &  24th March

9 30am -12

Cost $15 Waged,  $10 Cosession


Max 10 people. Under 15’s acompanied by an adult 

John Davey (the man who created Denmarks fist sand printer) has increadable skills in electronics. Come and Learn from the best.There are all sorts of treasures in the electronic waste that goes in the bin.

This workshop will show you how to:

* Make stuff with eWaste

* Repair stuff

* Dismember and repurpose, find those treasures

* Learn and Discover

What you need to know:

* Wear old clothes

* Some tools provided, but bring extras if you can.

* You can optionally bring Items to repair or repurpose.

* Not a kids workshop but u15’s welcome if accompanied by an adult.

* No prior experience required!

Thanks to everyone involved with previous Art Not Waste events for making them such a huge success. We look forward to seeing what great ideas you have to bring to the new and expanded Not Waste Festival. You can make a difference! Come share your ideas with everyone or just come and get inspired. Reducing waste is everyone’s business.

Photo credit: Wendy Gibb