New Wave Fest around the corner

THE countdown has started for local non-profit organisation The Modern Generation’s exciting event – New Wave Fest on Saturday, September 25 in Chevallum.

The day will run from 10am-3pm with talks, performances and workshops happening continually over the five hours.

There will be three separate venues all in close proximity to each other on the Chevallum School oval – the speakers’ room and art show, the performance tent and the eco workshop.

In the performance tent you’ll find some of the region’s best young artists.

String duo Reese and Oscar will kick off the day at 10am accompanied by an all-age yoga class run by experienced instructor Kirrilee, also known as the body linguist, to help get you in the right mood for the event.

This first performance will be followed by jazz and classical music at 10.30am, musical theatre hits from 11am-12noon, a jazz performance from the Maleny State High School band at 12noon, a bit of pop at 12.30pm, folk at 1pm, ukulele rock and pop at 1.30pm and a rocking performance from local band Criminal Mint to finish off proceedings at 2.30pm.

The speakers’ room will feature talks with change makers throughout the day on topics such as youth and climate justice, gaining perspective, creating a movement, youth engagement in the community and embracing change.

If you don’t know what to do with the print edition of GC&M News after you’ve read it each fortnight, head to the eco workshop where you can learn how to turn newspaper pages into bin-liners – a great way to reduce your plastic waste.

These classes will alternate with Japanese furoshiki workshops that show you how to wrap presents with an unwanted piece of fabric or cloth.

The Modern Generation co-founder Emily Davies said it had been easier than expected to get the event up and running thanks to generous support from the community.

“Although there have been occasions where we found it difficult to be taken seriously, the majority of the people we have spoken to have helped us in any way they could, which we are extremely grateful for,” Emily said.

“Sophie [Rees-Druitt] and I would like other young adults on the Sunshine Coast to realise how lucky we are to be able to receive support by simply going around and asking.”

Tickets can still be purchased for the event by heading to

More information can also be found on The Modern Generation’s Instagram page @the.modern.generation

Everyone attending the event is encouraged to bring sun protection, drinking water and a picnic blanket/chair.

The gates will open at 9.30am.