May 6th & 7th, 2017 - 2ND RELEASE TICKETS ON SALE!


UNLIMITED FILTERED WEEKEND WATER PASS $5 on the door | $4 to COREM, $1 to ‘Charity Water’ to provide filtered wells for global communities in need.
ZERO WASTE festival. BYO Cups, plates and cutlery. Limited hires available. FREE wash station at our ‘Water Lilly Wash Pod’ all weekend.

Renew Fest 2017

Celebrating Collaborative Action

Renew Fest 2017

Celebrating Collaborative Action

Due to the bustling success of 2016, Renew Festival 2017 is growing to a 2 day festival with 6 major themes. This has been prompted by community support and readiness. The 2017 themes are:

By keeping the three main themes of 2016 and expanding to six themes for 2017, we increase the impact we can create on current societal behaviours and practices that negatively affect climate change and environmental degradation. For widespread change to occur it is imperative that local communities learn at a grassroots level about these major areas of our society and how they are intrinsically interrelated, and the importance of collaborative action.

Accompanying the keynote speakers, presentations from industry professionals, panels and QnA discussions will be information stalls, workshops, indigenous wisdom, youth and childrens programs, food, art, music and live performances. This is a festival for the whole family, appealing to a wide range of people and catering to the interests of a large and diverse local, national and international crowd.

Organised by a highly competent event management team, inclusive of a team of passionate volunteers. Renew Fest 2017 will be ticketed and run from 10am till 10pm on Saturday May 6th and 10am till 7pm on Sunday May 7th.


Robin Grille (Australia)

Visionary, Psychologist, Internationally acclaimed Author, Parenting Educator, Peace Advocate, Facilitator, Lecturer. Read more.

Helena Norberg-Hodge (Australia)

Visionary, Founder and Director of Local Futures / International Alliance for Localisation / Global Village Network, Alternative Nobel Prize Winner, Goi Peace Prize, Author. Read more.

Anja Lyngbaek (Norway)

Rural Resource Management and Agroforestry Expert, International Localisation Advocate, Educator, Facilitator, Change Agent. Read more.

Dan Schreiber (Australia)

Gardener, visionary, father, inspirational storyteller, speaker, lecturer and Creative Director of Starseed Gardens. Read more.

Alejandro Lopez-Musalem (Mexico)

International NGO Director, Tropical Agroforesty Expert, Farmer, Educator, International Speaker. Read more.



Renew Fest has the following specific aims:

The education, promotion and facilitation of community action for the 6 major themes. All identified as areas of necessary reform for a sustainable future, the reversal of climate change and the regeneration of our natural environment for human and animal communities.

To raise money for COREMs mission of 100% renewable energy for the 2482 area.

To provide a creative, cultural, lived experience of greater sustainability initiatives.

To celebrate and strengthen the collaboration with local, national and global initiatives for sustainability, in a festival platform which attracts wide scale media.

To provide a yearly incubation social environment to inspire other actions and innovations of creative sustainable change for the Byron Shire and surrounds.

To draw, educate and inspire an engaged and healthy behavioural demographic of tourism to the Byron Shire due to being a thriving national and global pillar of action based sustainable change.

Why Renew Fest?

The communities of the Byron Shire are vibrant, highly dynamic, creative, educated, and passionate about sustainability and the pursuit and practice of the necessary changes of our time. Our community as a whole is largely seeking ways to implement sustainable projects with a unified vision, utilising all the wonderful resources and knowledge that resides here. There is a growing desire to find ways to link with and support each other, whilst also opening and facilitating growing community engagement. Renew Fest provides this platform. By celebrating knowledge exchange and the sharing of actions, ideas, inspiration, and fundraising for community, Renew Festival is a powerful change agent, fostering sustainable, collaborative action communities.