PLEASE NOTE: THE MORNING TALKS AT THE KANDOS HALL ARE FREE FOR ANYONE TO ATTEND, AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME! There is very very limited availability for the rest of the program - if you are interested, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Futurelands2 is a two day public forum at Kandos NSW exploring our changing relationship to land. From the impacts of global warming to the costs of industrial farming, population expansion, and an evolving energy production sector, it is clear that our relationship to land is changing. Land has become a serious issue for many people, and how we both care for and use it has become a topic of increasing interest and discussion.
Futurelands2 brings together innovative farmers, Indigenous historians and land custodians, soil scientists, economists, writers and artists to explore emerging practices in farming, land care and energy production and spark new conversations about the human relationship to land. It is proudly hosted by Cementa Inc and the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, in partnership with the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO) at University of Wollongong and the Space, Place and Country research cluster from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Futurelands2 includes four main venues and activities.
1) Morning public forums at Kandos Community Hall (Angus Ave, Kandos) on both Saturday and Sunday, with tea and coffee and a simple sandwich lunch. Expert speakers will cover topics include Indigenous agriculture and cool burning techniques, soil health, community economies and sustainable entrepreneurship.
2) A site visit to Marloo farm on Saturday afternoon. Here participants will receive a tour by Stuart Andrews, formerly of the renowned Tarwyn Park, and find out how he is rehabilitating Marloo with Natural Sequence Farming techniques. Participants will also be introduced to the Hemp Initiative, the first project of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) led by artist Gilbert Grace and hosted by Andrews at Marloo. Gilbert Grace and hemp entrepreneur Klara Marosszeky will conduct a conversation on the marvellous organic properties and industrial applications of hemp.
3) A wild foods feast on Saturday night back at Kandos Community Hall: celebrated forager and artist Diego Bonetto will collaborate with chef Joey Astorga to delight the senses with a bounty of hand-crafted dishes.
4) A site visit to the majestic Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) campground on Sunday afternoon. This will be the venue for a series of open discussions hosted by speakers and practitioners who are responding creatively to land issues, and a talk by esteemed environmental scientist and author Haydn Washington on Australia’s eco-sustainable future.
Registration is essential so that we can arrange catering for attendees, bus hire, and assist you with transport and accommodation.
Futurelands2 and the foundation of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation have been generously funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.