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Stringybark Festival

Date: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017.
Time: 10am - 5pm both days.
Address: Rowville Community Centre, 40 Fulham Rd, Rowville.

The Stringybark Festival, held this year on October 14 & 15 focuses on ways to inform and empower the local community to make achievable changes in their daily lives that contribute to a more sustainable way of living. This year we’ve hit the refresh button on all things sustainable! Stringybark is where you come to Make – Do – Play – Connect, its where you go to unleash the ‘maker’, ‘mover’ and ‘shaker’ within.

Plan your visit to the festival with the Stringybark Festival Map (PDF).

Have questions about your visit to Stringybark Festival? Head to our FAQ page

Program Highlights for 2017

Tribal stage at Stringybark

The Maker Space


In the Maker Space the community is invited into an artist facilitated ‘assemblage’ zone where the challenge is to resurrect, refashion and re-purpose life into the stuff we routinely discard.  This arena challenges the way we consume and invites ‘makers’ to re-consider what can be ‘re-created’ with ALL OUR STUFF.

I.C.Robotics


This year the focus at Stringybark will be on some very specific inventions that all around us, the things we use every day but often taken for granted: gadgets, devices and instruments that create sound, change gravity and harness the power of magnetics. These highly interactive pods offer the audience a playful entry into the world of science and technology while simultaneously activating our imagination and creativity.

Giants of Knox


What is it that makes Knox, Knox? Is there something identifiably iconic or extra special about our municipality…some-THING that just screams ‘this is who we are’! Giants of Knox is an ambitious art installation that invites community participation around the things that make or could make Knox ‘iconic’. Festival goers are invited into a Knox ‘in miniature’, a world of streets and buildings, parklands and playgrounds, intersections and carriage ways. Into this giant play space we invite giant thinking, radical ideas and some crazy blue sky dreaming. So roll up your sleeves and grab a brush, a pencil or a block of Plasticine and come ‘make your mark’ on what the future public spaces of Knox might look like. And here’s the kicker, if your ‘icon’ is chosen, you’ll be taking home a well filled gift card, but bigger still, it may become the next giant artwork featured in Knox. Watch this space!

Backyard Buzz


We welcome back our Backyard Buzzers in 2017. As the title suggests, we are looking for those amazing individuals: inventors, tinkerers and makers who’s ‘game’ is soldering, cutting, joining, grafting, measuring, building, molding, and welding grand creations. If that sounds like you, then we want your ‘work’ ON SHOW for all the world to see. Just drop us an email and we’ll be in touch.

Compost Revolution


The Compost Revolution takes the war on waste to the next level! The piece deliberately prompts users to examine their relationship to the food/produce we throw out...EVERYDAY! Using interactive and hands on learning devices, this large scale installation aims to explore the myriad ways we think about or sometimes don’t think about the 'food stuff' we routinely throw away.

This year’s culinary exploits, dubbed Kitchen Revolution sits hand in glove with the Compost Revolution. Our kitchen warrior team will show you how to implement ‘small changes’ that make a ‘huge difference’ to the planet and to your purse.

Jurassic Knox


Step back into a time when mega fauna of all shapes and sizes roamed Knox. Jurassic Knox is where archaeology and paleontology intersect on a grand scale. Trowels, shovels, tape measures, picks and brushes all provided.

Wild Action


Connect to nature through the practices, customs and rituals of First Nations peoples. This year at the Tribal Stage we also investigate the rise and rise of ‘urban tribal’ – the roots of Hip Hop, breaking, up-rock, popping/locking, rap and the social/political influences on our society.

Three Live stages

of music, dance, performance, education and entertainment.

Van Lifers


Turning their backs on the mainstream and sharpening their gaze at a life of wanderlust and adventure, these crazy cats share their stories of life made on the road inside a very, very small home on wheels. Their stories of ingenuity, passion and thriftiness will amaze!

60+ Online – Digital Storytelling


Special Showcase at the Stringybark Festival. Knox City Council has been hosting a pilot program, funded by Swinburne University and Telstra, which enables older people to connect with each other, participate in their local community, engage with personal interests and digital stories using mobile devices and social media. For further information, download the Digital Storytelling flyer (PDF), or contact Teresa Donegan on 9298 8000 or email teresa.donegan@knox.vic.gov.au.

Fairground


A good place to find ones thrills might be at this ‘low impact’ ride zone.

Wurundjeri Welcome to Country


Saturday 14 October at 11:30am

Stage Times - Day 1 & 2


Saturday Stage Times   Sunday Stage Times   Download the Stringybark Map (PDF).

Accessibility at the festival

Knox City Council is committed to making Council’s festivals and events accessible to all community members. Please find details below regarding accessibility at the Stringybark Festival.

The festival is located on the grounds of Rowville Community Centre, with stalls and activities situated throughout the site including inside the community centre and the indoor basketball courts, on sealed pathways, the outdoor basketball and tennis courts as well as on the grass. There are connecting paths through the site. There is a steep incline and decline located south of the playground, which may be difficult for a non-motorised mobility aid to go up or down unassisted. Limited accessible parking is available at the Rowville Community Centre car park – enter from Fulham Road. Accessible toilets are provided on site. Site maps can be downloaded here or obtained on entrance to the festival.

If you have any queries regarding accessibility at the Stringybark Festival, please call the Festival and Events team on 9298 8000 or email culturalservices@knox.vic.gov.au and we will be happy to try and assist you with any access requirements.

Cost of entry

Knox Community Bus

Adult $5
Children $2.50
Concession $4
Family $12

Free entry applies to:

  • Seniors Card holder (card to be presented upon entry) - as part of Knox Seniors Festival
  • Community Bus users (token must be presented upon entry)
  • Bike Riders (bike parking is available at the Fulham Rd entry)

Transport Options

In the spirit of sustainability, we encourage you to leave your car at home and walk, ride your bike or jump on board our free Community Bus. For bus times, please see the Community Bus timetable.

Volunteering at Stringybark

Event volunteers

Each year, Stringybark Festival is supported by a large number of student and community volunteers who help us deliver this event over the weekend. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your local community, meet new people and learn new skills.

Expressions of Interest for volunteering at Stringybark Festival 2017 are now open. If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for upcoming Knox Festivals and Events, please visit our Volunteering At Knox Festivals & Events page.

Alternatively you can contact one of the friendly Festival and Events team on 03 9298 8000 or email volunteers@knox.vic.gov.au.

Stallholder Information

Stallholder Expressions of Interest closed on Wednesday 23 August 2017. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for next year's festival, please send your stall information to culturalservices@knox.vic.gov.au

Photos from Stringybark Festival 2016

Here is a collection of photos taken at the 2016 Knox Stringybark Festival. Click a photo to view the full size photo.
AirborneWoodworkersMaker SpaceNadiah NfuZionReptile EncountersNatyalyaa Dance SchoolAsantiPlatypus Education GroupReptile EncountersStringybark ChallengeToby T-RexToby T-Rex Live

Stringybark Festival is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. An ATM is available on site.

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