THE Mildura Eco Village will host the first ‘ECOfest’ tomorrow from 5pm to 10pm.

Forming part of the Mildura Fringe series of events, ECOfest aims to bring the environment and sustainability into focus through an innovative program of live art, live music, cinema, projection, community activities and much more.

Highlights of the night include a live acoustic music stage featuring the talents of Leah Senior, Rory Walker, Mon Coeur and Michaela Alexander and a Lantern Parade, with the Mulberry Tree playgroup having spent the past six weeks creating up-cycled lanterns.

Children of the playgroup will embark on a dusk lantern parade, accompanied by songs sung by the With One Voice Choir.

Also included in the event will be a ‘Pedal Powered Cinema’, which will screen local documentary by 350Mallee, and the internationally-acclaimed ‘Chasing Coral’ film.

Other activities include a regenerative farming presentation, wicking bed demonstration, outdoor children’s games and mulled wine, while food and bar services will be available on the night.

“In a stunning natural environment such as the Mallee, it is ever more important that we are conscious and aware of our environmental impact,” Arts Mildura director, Gareth Hart, PICTURED, said.

“The Fringe committee and our partners wondered what other ways can we demonstrate care for this precious resource – our environment.”

Mr Hart said that the ECOfest event was the outcome of a partnership between Arts Mildura, Mildura Fringe, 350 Mallee, Sunraysia Sustainability Network, Mildura Eco Village, Food Next Door, Mulberry Tree Playgroup and some passionate local community members.

“Over the past four months we have gathered to dream up and research a whole range of positive solutions to some of the most pressing environmental concerns,” he said. 

“From renewable energy to off-grid systems, to doing away with plastics, we are thrilled that we were able to bring together many of these elements into the festival.

“Through the lens of art, music, film and community, we have pulled together a festival that is one of many possible ways forward. 

“We believe that the alternative is not out of reach, and not scary. This whole festival is a demonstration of that.

“We know that art is an incredible tool for social change and community connectedness, and the Mildura Fringe ECOfest is a great example of art, people and purpose coming together!”

Mr Hart said the whole event is “low impact”, with audiences encouraged to ride a bike, carpool or walk, as well as bring ceramic cups and plates for food and beverage.

Tickets are just $10, with kids 12 and under to be admitted for free. The event is also wheelchair accessible, and will have a disabled toilet. 

There is parking available, and also a drop-off/pick-up zone, with tickets available online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mildura-fringe-ecofest-tickets-61975532486.