"Change does comes from the grassroots area because these acts have the greatest impact" Jandamarra Cadd at ChangeFest23.
The Kutalayna Collective was proud to host ChangeFest23, a national celebration of place-based change in Australia. This gathering was an opportunity to showcase the positive impact of community-led initiatives and highlighted the importance of deepening our connection to place, and celebrating the fantastic work of communities who are driving change across the country.
The Kutalayna Collective was honoured to be part of this movement for positive change, sharing our knowledge and learning from community champions leading this crucial work.
ChangeFest was a sold-out event with over 500 participants from different parts of the country converging on the Brighton municipality in Lutruwita/Tasmania. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with more than sixty speakers, attend twenty-eight breakout sessions, and explore eight venues that featured interactive workshops, reflective spaces, field trips, and cultural activities.
The Kutalayna Collective would like to thank our local Kutalayna/Jordan River community and our local partner, Material Institute, for their invaluable support in bringing this festival to life.
We would also like to extend our thanks to the keynote presenter, Jandamarra Cadd, whose powerful story inspired all of us to create change in our communities. Additionally, we were honoured to have Sharon Wachtel and Dewayne Everttsmith for serving as emcees for the ChangeFest23 event.
Lastly, we acknowledge the talented Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Caleb Nichols Mansell for his beautiful artwork featured on the ChangeFest23 poster. Caleb, a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal man deeply connected to his country, community, culture, and spirit, created a representative and symbolic piece depicting the Kutalayna/Jordan River flowing through the Country and merging with the salty waters of timtumili minunya/Derwent River.