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Stringybark Festival 2020

Knox Stringybark Virtual Festival

Coming Live to your Backyard!

Sunday 18 October, 9am – 9pm

VIRTUAL EVENT streamed live to

Did you miss the Live Event? Don’t worry! All videos are available to watch on the Stringybark YouTube channel.

Stringybark Virtual Festival 2020 will be coming to you live in your backyard, celebrating home grown creativity, sustainability stories, backyard projects and the local Knox community. The festival will take a slightly different spin this year in line with Covid19 restrictions, offering you and your family a unique mix of virtual programs including workshops, presentations and performances.

  • Tune in from 9am on the Knox Arts & Events Facebook page as the Stringybark Festival takes you on a fun filled virtual journey including cooking demonstrations, kids arts and craft activities, sustainability presentations and more.
  • From 5pm enjoy a series of live streamed Stringybark performances featuring some of Knox’s best local performers.
  • Free online Zoom workshops are available for adults and kids featuring expert panels, DIY projects and backyard activities. Bookings essential, register via the links below.
  • Did you miss the Live Event? Don’t worry! All videos will be available to watch on the Stringybark YouTube channel.

Please note: This is a virtual program recorded in compliance with the Victorian Government’s current COVID-19 restrictions.

Virtual Festival Program

Bookable Workshops:

Presented live via Zoom

For a more in depth and interactive experience, check out our workshop program. Registration is required for these sessions with spaces limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Register at the links below to secure your spot.

10.00am Your path to sustainability
Hosted by Kirsty Bishop-Fox/ Sustainable Pathways

Everyday living shouldn’t cost the earth. Discover what you can do to live a more sustainable life. Reduce waste and chemicals in your kitchen, bathroom and home with simple switch outs that are better for our planet. We’ll cover practical and inspiring tips to you get started, or help you take your environmental practices to the next level, with relatable everyday actions to support sustainable change. Learn how to make smarter environmental choices, which can even save you money.
11.00am Thinking green when building, renovating and decorating
Hosted by Ian Adams/ Organica Engineering, Ian Moxon/ Australian Energy Foundation and Tania Bell/ Green Room Interiors

Are you thinking about building, renovating, decorating purchasing household appliances? Every year, an average Knox home can spend around $5,000 to $8,000 on energy and water costs, so it’s important to look at ways that you can reduce these costs when building or renovating your home. Decisions made to a home’s design can reap rewards for many years afterwards resulting in lower energy and water bills and healthier environment to live. Hear from three experts about smart ways to improve the sustainability of your project through design, appliances and material choices.
12.00pm A taste of Tuscany in our own backyard, creating a home citrus grove
Hosted by Doris Pozzi/ Ranges Organic Growers Association

Bring the beauty and taste of Tuscany into your very own backyard. Join Doris Pozzi, a food gardener from Ranges Organic Growers Association, as she takes you on an entertaining and informative journey into the world of growing your own backyard or courtyard citrus grove! The presentation will cover what citrus varieties to choose, how to plant for a small space, clever ways to save variety costs, pruning, watering and how to deal with bumper harvests.
1.00pm Your gardening questions answered
Hosted by Maria Ciavarella/ My Green Garden, Ella Boyen/ Chooktopia and Angelo Eliades/ Deep Green Permaculture

Whether you're growing fruit and vegies, or wanting to make compost and keep worms or chooks, join us to get your gardening questions answered in this Q&A session. Our panel will give you advice and patch up your problems for a sustainable backyard.
2.00pm Kids backyard science
Hosted by Mad About Science

Hello Junior Scientists Go on a backyard scavenger hunt, see teeny tiny features from your local environment up close with a digital microscope and do a fun science nature experiment. Places are limited for this interactive workshop and it recommended for children aged between 5 and 13 years old with parental supervision.
3.00pm Making your backyard and balcony buzz
Hosted by Irene Kelly/ Gardens for Wildlife, Kerry Davis/APS Foothills and Melissa Allen/ Knox Environment Society)

Nestle your home in nature. Don’t let limited space, limit your greenery. From pots to plots, this session will cover selecting native and indigenous plants, garden make over tips, create pollinator paradise and have your balcony and backyard buzz. Ask our experts, your plant questions to craft a welcoming green space.
4.00pm The age old art of preserving
Hosted by Maria Ciavarella/ My Green Garden

Learn how to safely make the most of seasonal produce, whether you've grown it yourself or bought it when it's cheap and plentiful, with some preserving techniques that were once the mainstay of domestic kitchens. No special equipment needed!

Day program:

Watch the events live-streamed to the Knox Arts & Events Facebook page.

9:00am Festival Opener

Welcome to Country presented by Aunty Georgina Nicholson.
Meet your host for the first ever virtual Stringybark Festival, Will Tait.
9.15am Stringybark Breakfast with The Food Affectionist

The annual Stringybark Breakfast is a festival favourite with your host, Lillie Giang. On the menu this morning is a backyard breakfast with bruschetta topped with fresh herbs, fresh tomatoes and avocado, egg, crispy bacon and gourmet sausages.
9.45am Bush Foods with Jamie Simpson

Jamie is qualified with a Diploma of Horticulture and Training to be able to present his life's study, sharing this little known but extremely important information. His presentation includes looking at plant uses for survival. Identifying plants used for food, medicine and hardwares specifically to Melbourne area.
10.15am Tonyi the Worm with Jasmin Thomas

Join Jasmin and Tonyi the Worm for an interactive activity as we learn what everyday waste can be feed to composting worms instead of the bin. Find out from Tonyi the Worm which foods are ok for worms to eat and learn how worm farming improves the health of the garden and environment.
10.45am Stretch and Mobility Session with Pinnacle Health

Too much time on the couch or in the home office? Take a moment to stop, move and stretch with the team from Pinnacle Health.
11.15am Edible Gardening & Cooking with The Basin Backyard

The Basin Backyard has over 250 bee hives and expertise in edible gardening, enjoy a cooking session focusing on produce from their Backyard and their handmade products.
11.45am Sustainable Homes - Indoor Plant Design & Care with Put Your Heart Into It

Be inspired with plant design ideas & how to choose which plants to suit your home. Learn about the symbolism of plants, feng shui & placement to bring new energy to your home. Plant care tips & propagation. This is green styling for your home to inspire you to bring the outdoors in.
12.15pm Puppet Show and Storytime with Eastern Regional Libraries

Join us for a reading of "Benny Bungarra's Big Bush Clean Up." An environmental tale that shows how animals are affected by rubbish left in their habitat by humans.
12.55pm Backyard Exercises with Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Join Tess, Rachel, Maddie and Rachel for tips and tricks when it comes to exercising at home including stretching, gym activities, nutrition and backyard b-ball drills and skills.
1.15pm Beeswax Lip Balm Making with Holly's Backyard Bees

Beeswax is amazing stuff! During this prsentation, you will learn all about beeswax, how honeybees make it and how we can use it to make some beautiful home made balms which are free of any preservatives.
1.45pm Threatened and Endangered Species with Reptile Encounters

Australia is home to some of the most amazing wildlife on the planet, and sadly, many of our species face extinction. In the 'Threatened and Endangered Species' program, Reptile Encounters aims to bring you up close and personal with some of our most threatened and endangered species, why they are in trouble, what needs to be done to save them and how everyone can help!
2.15pm Tapestry with Plants Chaco Kato

Create a DIY tapestry with plants materials such as falling leaves and twigs by using simple and easy technic. Eco-conscious, fun workshop that focuses on the potential and beauty of our everyday life. Suitable for any age!
3.00pm Nature Play Journaling with Forest Walks

The kids are invited to this nature connection activity, let’s collect some nature items from outside, create nature journals, and share stories together.
3.30pm Family Yoga with Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre

The whole family can get involved, in this Family Yoga session presented by the Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre
4.00pm Backyard Kitchen with The Basin Community House

On the menu this afternoon is Okonomiyaki Japanese Pancake - it means "adding what you like” along with a Panzanella Salad involving left over bread , one of the top 5 wasted ingredients in Australia according to Ozharvest.
4.30pm Family Fun Dance with Kreationz Cheer and Dance

It’s time to get up on your feet with Kreationz Cheers and Dance! Join us to learn a fun dance routine, that’s guaranteed to get the whole family moving and grooving.

Evening program:

Join us for an evening of entertainment, featuring some of Knox’s best local performers live-streamed to the Knox Arts & Events Facebook page.

5.15pm ASV Academy

A performance piece from ASV Academy Singers and musicians, comprising of covers, originals and theatre . Performers include Bo'Ness, Paige Reinhemer, Molly Cormack, Caitlin + Ko
6.00pm Jason Vorherr

Jason Vorherr has been a professional musician for the last 15 years, playing around the Australian Pub Circuit with various Original and Cover Bands as a Bass Player, Guitarist or Lead Vocalist.
6.30pm Joel James

Joel James is a multi-instrumentalist Singer/Songwriter, cover artist, producer with a keen ear for sound engineering and the delicate touch of a mastering engineer. He found his way while busking Melbourne’s streets, his roots are Pop Rock, he has too many favourite bands to choose one that influences him the most, but music is all he has ever done
7.00pm Bo'Ness

Identical twin boys boasting sibling harmonies, who have grown up engulfed in music and around Australian music icons, travelling nation-wide with their parents who work in the Australian music industry.
7.30pm The Gami Gami Devils

Australian born and bred, The Gami Gami Devils are a five-piece band playing country originals and covers with a twist. The boys offer more than just live music, they extend a warm invitation into The Gami Family.
8.00pm Hannah Schmidli

Hannah Schmidli is a talented young singer/song-writer who is quickly carving her own niche in the Australian indie/acoustic scene, now experimenting with a jazz/blues inspired style of music.
8.45pm MC Address - Festival Close


For any accessibility enquiries on event day, please contact the Accessibility Hotline on 0439 920 492.

Stringybark Festival would like to thank our Major Partner

Stud Park Shopping Centre

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