Sun Festival 2019, September 21st

 ECOSS SUN Festival 2019

Thank you to Regional Arts Victoria Grant for the Sun Culture Celebrations and Yarra Ranges Council for Sponsoring the event.


We created several displays of various cultural sun celebration representations.

This included a ‘Welcome to Country’ with Aunty Kim Wandin- Wurundjeri Elder and acknowledging Wurundjeri as traditional custodians of the land. Building a painted Aboriginal Flag together with the community at the Sun Festival. 

Victoria Basdeo- Indian Community member and Artist, Weaving a Sun mandala in Indian style with Botanical Eco Dyed materials. 

Antonia Green and Fernando Izcoatl offered a Mexican sand Sun Alter mandala revering the Sacred Cacao bean. 

Ryan Tews- Photographer/Videographer, Sound Designer/ Engineer, Artist. Who documented photographically and video producing a file of edited film and photos. 

Leanne Arvanitakis-Hall- Art Worker and Festival and Events Coordinator for Yarra Valley ECOSS.Leanne Arvanitakis-Hall worked with the Artists to identify the ideal space to implement their artworks. Each artwork was different and engaged the community in different ways. 

Unfortunately Brad Charman- Tuvaluan flower leis was ill and couldn’t attend on the day.  We still had the flowers available for community to make their own flower Leis.  Brad always supports his Tuvaluan Community by raising awareness about the rising sea waters around Tuvalu, and sends income from these events back to disadvantaged family in Tuvalu.

The Community loved the vibrancy of the various cultural displays, and the ability to participate in the development of the Sun Mandala Weaving.  Vickie Basdeo is an Indian Community member and founder of ReLab, this project promoted her Upcycling and Botanical EcoDying business, as people participated in the weaving.  It gave opportunity for her to acknowledge her ancestry within the community, and has inspired more multicultural focus in her upcycling business. Also it promoted the use of herbal dying- something used commonly in her ancestry, that is not toxic for the earth and produces beautiful bright colours- this is a technique Vickie has worked over many years to refine, and reflects in a high quality, non toxic artwork.  

We located the Mexican Sun Alter right in the middle of the Village Green near the stage, it became a focal point during the day, and we made interpretation signage regarding the significance in the Mayan Calendar of the coming of the sun.  This was supported by the serving of traditional Mexican Cacao hot Chocolate.  As Fernando is a new migrant to Australia and has set up his business Tonantzin Chocolate locally, this supported him in feeling included in the community and also in spreading understanding of his traditions.  With the benefit of the income from creating the mandala and the selling of his product.





ECOSS’s Biggest Fundraiser for the year!

Every year ECOSS Spring Fest (this year SUN Festival) brings loads of entertainment all in the ethics of good living, multicultural living, environmental consciousness, lots of interactive activities, healthy delicious food, large inspiring eco market and a stage packed with high class entertainment.

Stallholder Applications : SUN Festival stall info 2019

Stall Application form ECOSS Sun Fest 2019

$10 full, $5 Concession- Kids Free

Celebrating Cultural Celebrations of the SUN, new technologies and the Arts

Tesla Cars and Powerwalls will be on display by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.  They will also be finishing their 7 day Victorian driving tour at Sun Fest!  You will be able to view up to 20 electric vehicles! Take a site tour of our Woi Wurrung signage on site. We honour, acknowledge and respect the Wurundjeri people as traditional owners of this land and pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.

On the Ngurruk Yinga Stage:
Welcoming to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin, Japanese Childrens Choir, Nia Dance with Santha Press, Dr Annie Yoffa Signage Project, MOOP Patrol- finding all the Matter Out Of Place,  Michael Arvanitakis and Tomi, Jayda Holman- youth musician!

Kick Ass Climate Activist musicians, Yarra Valley Drummers, The Dreaming Space Circus, Welcoming of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association Victorian tour!

Yarra Valley Climate Angel Choir Celebrating the Opening of Dr Annie Yoffa project- This project was funded by Yarra Ranges Council Arts and History Grant.

Honouring the life of an Iconic Australian Woman, we have created a Theme Song of her life with famous performers Will Tait and Brendan Jones of 8 Foot Felix, and signage with Yarra Valley Signs featuring the written story by Writer and Editor Natalie Tuck- RMIT.

IN THE COOP: Climate Change Art Exhibition by new local Youth Climate Activist Group. Little Yarra Steiner School students tiny houses display.

IN THE HERITAGE GARDEN: The Great Ecological Race,  An invitation to join in The Great Ecological Wheelbarrow race. Open to all 8 to 12 year olds to come and race with their parent/guardian. Great Prizes to be won, and loads of fun.  10am-12pm, register on the day, queries to

AROUND THE SITE:  Mexican Sun Ritual by Fernando of Tonantzin Chocolate The Dreaming Space Circus Tiny Homes on Display- meet Tiny Houses 2 Go and hear about their philanthropic endeavours, Clay Play in the Community Pottery Studio,  22 Electric Vehicles on Display Tesla Powerwall on display Delicious Healthy Food and Beverages Large Eco Market including many local NFP environmental groups showcasing what they’ve been up to during the year.   

Arvo and Tomi:

Arvo and Tomi will be playing an eclectic and unique collection of music arranged for cello and piano, featuring styles as diverse as classical, jazz and tango





TAPES is one of the strongest up and coming neo-soul bands you’ve never heard. Based in the heart of Melbourne, TAPES has it’s finger on the pop-culture pulse and is every bit the fresh piece of sexiness & groove you’ve been looking for.
The powerhouse vocals of front-woman, Teila Packman, put this brand new band in front of the pack with influences that include Anderson Paak, The Internet, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tamia and more.

Alpha Bravo1:

Rootsy Groove, original soulful band. Laurie Kane, singer and songwriter and Ollie O’Ring together making music.




The Dreaming Space: 

The Dreaming Space is driven by Claire and Chris James a passionate happily married dynamic duo with two little girls in tow. They daily make the improbable, possible by hosting a space for skilled artists to share their gifts with the world and inspire wonder, curiosity and joy in every person they meet!



MOOP Patrol: 

MOOP! What is MOOP? MOOP is Matter,   it’s Matter Out Of Place.     It’s a matter that matters for the entire human race!  

MOOP Patrol spread sustainability messaging in a fun and engaging manner. 




Yarra Valley Drummers: 

Yarra Valley Drummers play traditional West African Rhythms. Led by Ghanaian Master Drummer Kofi Kunkpe they deliver an energetic & uplifting performance!



Jayda Holman:  

Award winning songwriter Jayda, is joined by sister Tali and special guests.
Naturally gifted teens, they grew up with their dads family band and now enjoy sharing their original tunes with the world.





Cultural Celebrations of the Sun!

We are thrilled with the success of our grant application to Regional Arts Victoria for funding our Cultural Celebrations of the Sun project!

We will be Welcomed to Country by Aunty Kim Wandin, a local Wurundjeri Elder.  

Aunty Kim will be creating a collaborative version of the Aboriginal flag, which marks the Sun in the centre.

Vickie Basdeo will be Botanically Eco-dying Natural fibres and creating a community weaving of a Sun.

Tuvaluan Brad Charman will be making flower Leis as a Sun Celebration.

Antonia Green and Fernando Izquoitl will be making traditional Mexican cacao alter.

This will all be documented via film and photograph by Ryan Tews.

Thanks to Regional Arts Victoria for enabling this fantastic project to occur at the Sun Festival.




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