When you enter ConFest you leave the mainstream world of "service delivery" behind. You become a participant in the well-being of the ConFest community. Two hours minimum work is included as part of the adult ticket price (this helps keep ticket prices low for everyone while encouraging participation). Please check in with the information area (also known as the Info Tent) at ConFest to find out what you can do.
ConFest (Conference/Festival) is a gathering of people wishing to share talents, skills, ideas, concerns and philosophies in a caring fun loving and tolerant atmosphere. The presentation of workshops, demonstrations, entertainments and the maintenance of site facilities are all performed by volunteers, monetary payment is neither accepted nor made.
At ConFest, people often set up villages with differing themes. ConFest is a clothing optional space, this means ConFesters can wear, or not wear anything they chose. Everywhere at ConFest is clothes optional. Don't be surprised to have a naked ticket collector when you arrive at the ConFest gate. Clothing can range from nothing, to body paint, a coat of mud, a sheet, a fairy costume, even a ball gown or dinner suit. At ConFest, clothing is not gender specific. There is just one simple rule, respect other ConFester's choices. A long running and very popular ConFest tradition is the communal artists studio. Activities include, body and sign painting, life drawing, clay work, organic art, photography etc . Artists, models and workshop facilitators are always welcome.
ConFest is a unique event and all attending speak of the 'ConFest spirit' as something very special. In the Music Village, and at odd spaces around our site, performers include acoustic, folk, jazz, reggae, world and indigenous musical acts as well as some circus, theatre, comedy and poetry on an open air stage.
As well as spontaneous music, dance and art events and happenings that can emerge anywhere at any time.
Once inside, all events are free.
Join us for a fabulous communal experience. Workshops, play shops, singing, dancing, discussions, tai chi, yoga, jamming, alternative technology, vegetarian market, fire twirling, circus skills, meditations, walking, swimming and more. You may have some skill or thoughts you'd like to share with others. Want to put on a workshop/conference? Create your own workshop. Everything is spontaneous. Just write topic/theme and time/place on workshop boards. There will be a number of shaded areas for workshops and events to take place. ConFest is as much you as it is any other person. Be free to just do your own thing. Create or join with a village that is your flavour. Explore wellbeing ways - drumming, dancing, storytelling and friendly chats at fire circles. Make links with others. Relax among new friends. Share healing ways in hundreds of workshops and mini-conferences. Have an outdoor massage (over 30 tables). Go into the steam lodge. Have a swim. Slow down in a safe friendly environment. Dance the nights away with thousands under the Southern Stars.
Arrive well before sunset. For safety reasons cars are restricted from moving around the ConFest site at night. If you arrive at sunset of later, you will be asked to remain outside the front gate until morning. Arriving in daylight allows for ease in setting up your camp. Cars are not driven on the site at night. Please pack your sleeping gear so that it's easily accessible. You may be able to walk into the ConFest site.
The Ticket Gate is set well into the ConFest Site from the Road entrance gate. For safety, the road entrance gate is locked before dark and reopened in the morning. If you want to leave the ConFest after dark, take your car outside the road gate before dark, and walk out to your car when you are ready to leave, there are provisions in place for emergency vehicles, Ambulance, Fire, Police to access the site when needed.
ConFest Camping Areas
There are usually three alternatives if you come to ConFest by car.
There is fixed carparking for ConFesters camping in Carfree. It is usually situated closer to the carfree camping area to make it easier to get gear to the camp site. Hand trolleys and barrows are there to help move your gear.
You may have your car, caravan, camper, truck, etc at your camp. Your vehicle must remain there while you are ConFest.
This area is for people who wish to camp with their car but come and go during ConFest.
YOUR TICKET IS YOUR PERSONAL PASS-OUT
so have it with you when you wish to leave and return to the ConFest site.
The Down To Earth Co-Operative Society (D.T.E)
The Down To Earth Co-Operative Society (D.T.E) has been organising ConFest (Conference Festival) since 1979.
We are a completely volunteer organisation. DTE has no paid staff; there is no distribution of any financial surplus to any member, shareholder, volunteer, or ConFester.