Elements of Change Festival, Sat 29th June 2019

This family-friendly festival weaves a spectrum of elements together for a unique programme of events. From scheduled workshops to Open Space, from walks and talks to collaboratively walking our talk and from musical treats to revolutionary feats – counter the culture of passive audience and bring this community festival to life!

Come on the train (the programme matches the timetable) and bring the whole family for this inspiring event – there will be programmes for all ages! This festival focuses on communal collaboration and as a participant of the festival you are the community!

Be part of the discussions, offer a workshop in Open Space slots, let your children inspire you with their own programme, bring an instrument or talent, get involved in a meitheal, host your own conversation cafe, mingle in the diversity of the festival and then share your insights!

“If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” -Rob Hopkins, Transition Towns Movement

Let’s come together to rethink what actually sustains our communities and what these diverse elements of change can look like.
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“Change” in the context of our modern way of life is not a new conclusion, and sustainable living has long been the pursuit of individuals and communities in response to the challenges we face. Many movements are calling for rapid change to ensure a harmonius future… though what that future could look like needs to be as inspiring as the movements that take us there!
For a community to sustain itself in meaningful, nourishing ways – to foster wellbeing, collaboration and creativity while coming together as a force for positive change – calls for a broader understanding of what it means to be a ‘sustainable community’. It takes much more than a low-impact lifestyle (although low-impact living is still a core element), it takes a healthy culture, a sense of belonging, personal and communal wellbeing, play, shared work and celebration and more to actually create and sustain a community, a network or a movement of people.

To make the shift from ego-system thinking to eco-system living, we’re calling for us all to come together and to not just build collective resilience, regenerative cultures and purposeful livelihoods… but to celebrate what’s involved in creating that! We want to reimagine a world and culture that helps us respond creatively and appropriately to the threats of climate change, food insecurity, biodiversity and species extinction, mental and physical health epidemics, fossil fuel energy dependence, the housing crisis etc…

Not to lose sight of the dire situation or urgency of action that’s needed but this is a once-in-a-species opportunity for massive systems change – to reimagine a holistically sustainable future! Let’s not let a good crisis go to waste.

“Art is not a mirror held up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.” -Bertolt Brecht.


Watch the programme : HERE


Rob Hopkins | Lorna Gold | Kiruu | Mel White | Branwen | Mark Boyle | Earthman Bob | Extinction Rebellion | Ita Didge & Drums | Nicantsaoi | Weave
and more…

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Rob Hopkins is an activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he initiated in 2005. Rob will join us for a community conversation on the amphitheatre as we discuss the movements of our times and how we can collectively reimagine what we’re moving toward.

Lorna Gold is a Scottish-Irish academic, climate campaigner, author of Climate Generation and also a mother of two boys. Deeply concerned about our children’s future, Lorna has been heavily involved in the #SchoolStrike4Climate and #FridaysForFuture movement.

Mark Boyle is an Irish activist living without money in a cosy wood cabin on a smallholding in east Galway, completely off-grid, since 2008. Indeed there’s no running water, no electricity and no gas. He doesn’t have any internet, neither mobile phone. He has discovered “an elemental life”, governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons. He says his decision to ditch technology “has not been about saving the world, but about savouring it”.

Mel White

Earthman Bob is a communication designer, visual artist and spoken word poet. He works on awareness campaigns, political messaging, and branding exercises in order to help organizations that are engaged with environmental cause. He regularly performs spoken word pieces from the perspective of an astronaut, to engage with the environmental crisis from a literal and metaphorical higher perspective.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement promoting civil disobedience in order to minimize the human extinction and ecological collapse. The Irish committee includes national and local affinity groups that are standing up peacefully for urgent action on climate and in order to avoid biodiversity loss. They act organizing walks, talks and meetings : anyone, from anywhere, at anytime can join the movement, as long as they are non-violent protesters and they cohere to Extinction Rebellion values.


Kiruu is a multi instrumentalist and singer who combines styles, languages, and influences from East Africa, Europe, and beyond, creating an eclectic sound with an interactive element. Currently his music career includes not only concerts and recording, but also workshops and educational activities, festivals and social projects in East Africa, Ireland, and Spain.

Branwen Kavanagh is a multidisciplinary artist who strives to realise her artistic visions through breaking apart the frameworks that limit, define and divide art forms. She employs the varied practices of performance art, composition/song writing/sound art, poetry, theatre making, object making and puppetry in a unified and atypical manner in order to create what she calls the ‘living whole’ which stems from Wagner’s idea of the Gesamkunstwerk or ‘complete work of art’.

Ita Didge is a didgeridoo and world instruments artist based in Ireland Co. Clare. He holds didgeridoo and beatbox workshops for all ages and groups and uses a live Drum & Didge set in order to offer exhilarating experience of sound and dance.

Nicantsaoi is a folk singer-songwriter from Cloughjordan. A staunch member of the Slow Music Movement for over 20 years, she had been slowly writing songs and playing guitar and dabbling with software like Reason, Cubase, and more recently Pro-tools making some cool electronic sounds over the many moons.

Tickets and what to bring:

Accelerating change : Imagining the Transition with Rob Hopkins : limited to 40 places. This will be a late-breakfast session, coffee and cakes provided, beginning at 10am for a meet and greet and keynote presentation. This also includes the regular festival ticket.

Under 16yrs – Free

Festival Ticket – €12

Family : two adults with children – €20

Accelerating change : Imagining the Transition with Rob Hopkins & festival ticket – €35

Zero waste, sustainable transport and a local economy are all core values so we strongly encourage you bring your own crockery and to come by train (or car-pool if you must drive – limited parking available) and enjoy the delicious food on offer from our ecosystem of growers, chefs and artisan bakers!

The programme allows for arrivals and departures on the train so please consider leaving the car at home.

If you have ideas of other ways (great or small) that you would like to get involved then get in touch with aaron@cultivate.ie

Tickets Incl. 23% VAT (Under 16yrs free)
Festival Ticket €12.00 EUR
Family Ticket (2 Adults + Children) €20.00 EUR
‘Accelerating Change’ with Rob Hopkins €35.00 EUR

Buy your tickets : HERE