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Festival History

In 1998 a small group of people converged in the regional township of Musk, just outside Daylesford, for the first Sustainable Living Festival.

For many it was the first opportunity they had to share information and knowledge about sustainable living.

Not only did this groundbreaking event initiate a unique gathering, it also triggered the formation of a hosting organisation, the Sustainable Living Foundation, in later years.

In 1999 the event was staged at Hanging Rock and featured exhibitors from Austria, New Zealand and the United States.

Due to increased audience and volunteer numbers, the event relocated in 2001 to the Alexandra Gardens in the City of Melbourne.

With a new audience and an urban flavour, the event showcased more than two hundred exhibitors and presented over one hundred seminars.

In 2003 the Festival was on the move once more and turned to Melbourne’s newest landmark, Federation Square. With a new emphasis on developing a cultural, creative festival, the event reached out to an awakening mainstream audience. It is here that the Festival has settled for the past seven years, experiencing rapid audience growth with crowds of over 100,000 people.

Not surprisingly, the Festival has evolved much since its inception, yet it continues to reflect the growing momentum and cultural dynamics within the community. If there is one thing we can say for sure about the future of the National Sustainable Living Festival, it is that it will continue to change shape as we continue to learn about more sustainable ways to live on the planet.