What is Newkind Festival all about?
Newkind Festival is an attempt to re-appropriate the familiar and effective mechanism which is the immersive festival experience to engage in world issues, in a real and meaningful way. Conferences are great for information sharing and festivals offer the opportunity for a visceral and immersive learning experience. Newkind is merging these two tools in order to activate and empower participants towards addressing global and local issues in a more efficient and effective way. We genuinely want to start a revolution, but not an anti-establishmentarian one, rather a pro-individual initiative one... A revolution that places responsibility on the individual and places the focus on how WE want to change, and what WE have to offer, rather than how we want the world to change.
We recognise that in order for social change to be real, tangible and lasting we need revolutionary individuals who place the onus of change upon themselves. Brave and courageous people who can speak up when required, activists who can channel their immense empathy into glorious art, vegans who can speak calmly and eloquently about their reasons, environmentalists who embody the principles they stand for, entrepreneurs who seek positive change over profit margins; this is Newkind.
Is it a Festival or is it a Movement?
The event is hosted like a festival, but think of it as just the annual convention of a social change movement. Newkind is a movement in that we espouse a way of life and a certain attitude that in turn allows for a sense of cohesion and clarity. Festivals and conferences are events that facilitate certain experiences, but the choreography begins and ends with the event. Social movements are in essence the gaining of momentum towards a certain goal or accomplishment due to a common point of solidarity. What we are doing with this particular movement is that we are broadening our point of solidarity by recognising that all social ills and global concerns are actually inextricably interconnected; there is no separation.
What does 'We Are Newkind' mean?
The statement ‘We Are Newkind’ is a declaration of solidarity with humanity. It removes all preconceptions of division and separateness. It says, we have no enemy, we have no adversary, and we have no desire but for the safety and security of any individual with whom we share this planet.
'We Are Newkind' says that we will not stand idly by while there remains conflict, economic disparity, domestic violence or environmental abuse and neglect.
'We Are Newkind' says, we are aware of dissonance, disparity and injustice and will no longer remain silent. It says we will take responsibility AND we will take action. It says that we are here to commit ourselves to service in whatever way is required of us each and every day.
'We Are Newkind' refers to a new iteration of what a human being can be. It is a letting go of the patriarchal term, mankind, and all that has been carried out the in the name of race, class, religion, culture and creed. Newkind refers to the post-human entity that recognises the unity that connects all life.
'We Are Newkind' is a banner for all to stand with as they enact the change they wish to see in the world. Newkind Festival is at its core a social change movement and as such the guidelines and principles of the experience extend far beyond the required industry legislation, or even that which is reasonably expected from festival goers. The Newkind philosophy is one of ‘relentless effort towards the betterment of the world through service.’ It asks for the ‘utmost integrity and commitment to upholding humanitarian ideals,’ with 'fearless dedication to speaking and living truthfully.' In living truthfully we stand by certain principles in the facilitation of the event, principles that we believe are at the core and foundation of the new kind of civilisation we wish to usher in.
Why are we gathering at Newkind Festival?
There is no doubt that a small group of committed, highly intelligent, socially-minded individuals can change the world, so imagine the power of influence when several hundred clear-minded, focused and open-hearted renegades gather together in Tasmania for a single purpose; the reinvention of reality. Even though we call this a festival, we know full well that it isn't. At Newkind we cut the crap, sift through the bs and get down to business. If we want to talk about sustainability we need to implement those systems in our bodies and in our lives, if we want to argue about politics and economic failings we need to educate and enlighten ourselves so we can propose viable solutions, if we wish to live in a kind world that is free of injustice and cruelty, then we should stand by our cruelty-free principles. Newkind is a conference of ideas, a master class for change makers, a boot camp for social change.
Why is Newkind a Cruelty-Free event?
We believe all animals should be treated with respect and kindness, that they should be loved and honoured for the majestic beings that they are, and as such we cannot participate in the commodification, torment or slaughter of animals. The way in which animals are farmed and harvested as if they were objects to be subjugated is not aligned with our higher integrity. If we wish to live in a world that is free of injustice and unnecessary cruelty, then we cannot justify cruelty or injustice. There is no humane way to kill an animal that does not want to die. Our diet, our clothing and cleaning products, our household items, all have alternatives, and by being understanding, softly spoken, intelligent and articulate vegans, we allow the conversation to be continued so others may be gently guided towards a kinder way of living. Read our Animal Rights Statement
How and Why is Newkind Zero Waste?
The why is simple; because turning millions of tonnes of valuable resources into waste that goes to landfill, every single day is not a sustainable way of living, nor is it a thoughtful, considerate or kind way of living. Disposable paper and plastic packaging is both thoughtless and unnecessary, and there is no reason why we cannot use the alternatives that exist; biodegradable natural alternatives, edible disposable spoons, water bottles that you can refill, these are things are not things of fantasy, they already exist, so why are we not using them? Fast food, fast lives, convenience, and lack of effort really. So let's put in some effort, because living on this planet is kinda cool, and it would be nice if we could continue to do so.
So at Newkind, we ask that you bring your own plate, bowl, knives, spoons, mugs and water bottles. Bring handkerchiefs instead of paper napkins, bring no cans of soft drink or plastic bottles of water. We will source our food from local farmers and if it's wrapped in plastic packaging, we simply won't buy it. It's not an easy transition, but together we can do it. We respectfully ask that you do not bring bags of chips or plastic bottles of water. We provide all meals, desserts, fruits and drinks, and we do it in a way that does not add energy to wasteful or non-sustainable industries.
How and why will Newkind be run on renewable energy only?
The entire event will be run on renewable power by using solar panels and battery backups for the stages, and workshop areas. The lighting around the event will be solar powered. The charging station and WiFi zone will be powered by our own windmill that we will construct on site. Temple space will be lit with lanterns. Nourish woods will have a communal fireplace. And any renewable energy companies who wish to showcase or display their technology are welcome to apply. We can't sit around to discuss sustainable practice and environmental awareness if we use coal-fueled town power or have generators humming away in the background. So we decided we would provide only renewable and sustainable power and explore the possibilities of free energy. What would become of the powers to be who hold the majority of the world's wealth, if we decided to only use free energy? What would happen to the oil and motor companies, and the endless conflicts over oil-rich areas of the world? This is the discussion that Newkind wants to champion. Oh, and in case you're wondering?
What is your Drug and Alcohol Policy?
Newkind Festival is an alcohol-free event because we genuinely wish to reinvent reality. Imagine the inspired action and conscious evolution that would be possible if we maintained a clear-headed approach to life, if youth were not trying to drown their sorrows every weekend but actually dealing with them. We ask that we come together and instead of using alcohol as a social lubricant or a way to 'unwind' we remain engaged and attentive to all the learning available and ably mark our course forward to a new kind of society. It is clear that the use of alcohol and drugs has become excessive and damaging and we wish to address this issue by showing how clear-headed and compose youth can make better use of their energies. Whatever benefit there is in micro-dosing of certain chemicals and responsible dispensing of plant-based medicines, Newkind is not the place to try it. We do not allow self-medication at this event, nor do we disrespect plant medicines by using them recreationally. Read our StraightEdge Statement.
What toiletries and cleaning products should I bring?
Your skin is the largest of your body and it is, as you know, absorbent. What we place on our skin and scalp is absorbed into our bloodstream, and with that understanding, it becomes clear that if you wouldn't put it in your mouth, then you probably shouldn't put it on your skin. Further to that, the amount of toxins that are already ending up in our waterways and oceans is not something we wish to contribute to. What many people are not aware of is that many of these cleaning products are also using animal products and as such, we do not wish to be participating in that either. So at Newkind, we ask that you bring no toiletries and cleaning products that are not 100% natural. If you are unsure of what is and is not considered natural, send us a message at firstcontact [at] newkindfestival.com and we will suggest our favourite ethical and natural products. We will also have these available at the event, so you don't even have to worry about pre-packing them.