Confest Easter 2010

In October 1976, a leaflet was distributed from the Parliament House office of Dr Jim Cairns. It was a statement inviting all ‘who feel the need for radical change’ to a forthcoming event. It stated that the event would be host to: Aborigines, ethnic communities, women’s liberation groups, peace activists, homosexuals, lesbians, members of rural and city communes and co-operatives and those concerned with self-management and work democracy, law reform, ideology, theories of social change, alternative food, health, energy, living structures, education, psychotherapy, yoga and meditation. (Rawlins 1982:24)

The result was the first “Down to Earth” festival, which occurred in December 1976, on the Cotter River Recreation Reserve, in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), where 10,000 – 15,000 people came together.

30 years on and it’s still going strong – this is an event unique to the world.

You should be a part of it!


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