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Jacqui Hemsley

Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Lake Macquarie City

Jacqui is the Manager of Arts, Culture and Tourism at Lake Macquarie and has over 25 years experience in the cultural sector.

11:30am | Creating Conversations

“Living Smart” – The Growth of a Sustainability Festival in the Hunter

The Lake Macquarie Living Smart Festival started in 2009 is now considered a flagship event for the City with attendances exceeding 25,000.

Engaging the community on environmental sustainability is a fundamental driver of the now 3 day event and provides a forum for education, live performance, workshops and demonstrations, food and local products, set against a backdrop of art, live entertainment and activities for all ages. Programmed as an annual event in September and coordinated as a purely collaborative program between community and Council’s Sustainability and Events teams, the festival is now at its maturity to expand. This presentation will outline its metamorphosis over the past decade and what is proposed in the future.

Session Takeaways:

  • Focus on community strengths
  • Collaboration and grass roots growth as key to success
  • Value in education, creativity and uniqueness

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