Festival of Forgotten Skills & Big Aussie Swap

When: Nov. 17, 2018

WHEN: Saturday 17 November 2018 TIME: 1:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Randwick Sustainability Hub at the Randwick Community Centre 27 Munda Street Randwick

Less forgotten than unused, it's time to relearn some of those ageless skills like making your old furniture look like new again, making your own personal care products, learning the fine art of fermenting and sprucing up the garden with organic pest management strategies. 

The idea for these types of festivals was inspired by Mark Boyle's book 'The Moneyless Man'. In doing this Mark rediscovered some of those forgotten-but-not-lost skills that enabled him to live his year moneyless. Now, you too can learn them at the Festival of Forgotten Skills.

At the same time we're celebrating National Recycling Week and we'd like you to celebrate it with us... by recycling some of the unused stuff you have gathering dust at home... you know... those things about which you say "I'll have to get rid of that someday... other people will find a use for it".

So, dust it off, wash it if it is clothing, and bring it along to our Big Aussie Swap Party and exchange it for something that won't sit around gathering dust.

Bring up to 3 good quality, clean items to swap like CD's, books, clothes, toys and homewares — things that you can carry easily to the Swap. No electrical or large items please.

Here's what's on...

Festival of Forgotten Skills workshops, kids activities and Swap Party...


Bookings essential:

Eventbrite - Festival of Forgotten Skills & Big Aussie Swap


Arrive 1:20pm — workshops run from 1:30pm to 3:00pm — 1 1/2 hours

  • DIY personal care products with Tina Demetriou
  • DIY urban wild harvest with Oliver Brown — TBC
  • DIY seed saving with horticultural scientist, Jon Kingston
  • DIY basic furniture restoration demo eg vanishing, waxing etc with The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre
  • DIY composting and wormfarming with Jess Brewster.

BIG AUSSIE SWAP PARTY — 3:00 to 3:30pm
3:00pm REGISTER your items for the swap party

  • Bring up to 3 good quality, clean items to swap — CDs, books, clothes, toys and homewares...
    whatever you can carry. No electrical or large items please
  • Leave your items for swapping at the registration table in exchange for a token.
  • Take a look around at what other people have brought to swap and then, at 4.00, the swap happens and off you go with an armful of pre-loved, incredibly useful—even beautiful—things.
  • Want to know how the swap works? Watch Planet Ark's swap party video at https://youtu.be/GIGDhCey_Ew

3:10pm CLOSE Registering your swap items
3:20pm BEGIN Big Aussie Swap Party
3:30pm CLOSE OF Big Aussie Swap Party

AFTERNOON TEA — 3:30 to 3:55pm
4:00pm to 5:30pm Workshops above repeated plus...

  • DIY sharing economy with Annette Loudon from Sydney LETS
  • DIY war on waste with Anil Gupta and Alex Bastos.