OUR ETHOS

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    PARTICIPATION + GENEROSITY

    We believe art is a 2-way experience, and a culture of theatrical participation is key to any good Culture Jam.

    We pick the theme, but you set the scene.  This can include costumes to match our set design, ideas and skits to bring spaces to life, and gifts to create awesome moments for others.

    We are truly grateful for how strong this participation is at our events.

  • FANTASY TO CREATE REAL CHANGE

    We believe fantasy doesn’t just have to be an escape, but can create tangible change both in the people who participate and for those outside of this.

    A lot of the experiences at our events are designed to explore important social issues in fun and accessible ways, and help people embody solutions.

    Our larger vision is to use theatrics to raise money for and have tangible effects on the disadvantaged. Over the years we have used themes to raise money for Sea Shepherd, Asylum Resource Centre, Sleeping Bags for Homeless, CFA and more.

    Growing this ethos over coming years is one of our key goals.

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    LEAVE BETTER THAN YOU CAME

    We truly believe in fostering a healthy and sustainable community.

    Good food, sleep, self-care, and connection are key, and making choices that are genuine and fill up your cup naturally.

    We want you walking away from our events feeling better than you did when you arrived and the energy you see at the end of each event shows that this ethos really does come to life.

  • SUSTAINABILITY

    We aim to achieve as minimal environmental impact as possible, as well as achieving cultural and community longevity.

    We work with very special sites and respect and a healthy culture is fundamental to keeping the relationship strong and ongoing.

    Environmentally, we avoid waste and recycle a huge amount of our decor from recycled theatre sets and materials. At the events we only have zero waste stalls and encourage a conscious culture of creativity over consumption. The events are also ‘Leaf No Trace’.

    We want to keep doing this forever, and to do so remains an ongoing team and cultural effort.

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    FAMILY FRIENDLY

    We truly love having kids and families at our outdoor events.

    Children’s natural language of creativity, play and wonder are the exact qualities we aim to bring out in the adults.

    Our events are respectful community spaces and we ask you to always act in a way which is positive for children and helps create a safe, nurturing, and fun environment.

  • CREATIVITY + CONNECTION OVER CONSUMPTION

    We always aim to tap into natural feelings of wonder, creativity and a strong inner child. We believe that when these cups are full, the desire to escape through consumption is seriously reduced.

    In every way possible, we promote a strong culture of connectivity and participation, and creating a naturally stimulating environment.

    We believe the festival scene should be a true healthy alternative to society and not mirroring its  more destructive traits of blind escapism and consumption.

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    SPACES OF RESOLUTION

    Conflict is something that will arise in any environment, both personally and between people.

    We aim to make our events spaces where things can be worked out peacefully, with a diplomatic and compassionate approach wherever possible.

    While there are some behaviours that will not be tolerated such as violence and sexual assault, the approach will always aim be stern but non aggressive, and with a degree of compassion to encourage learning and growth. Authorities will be called upon where necessary, and the safety of our crowd will always come first.

    We work closely with an amazing security company to ensure that situations are always dealt with respectfully, and ensure that safety and care is the first priority. On a personal level we ask you to consider using our events to find peace in ongoing conflicts, while also knowing we are always here to help when needed.

  • DISSOLVING EGO THROUGH PLAY

    Play stops us taking ourselves too seriously and by stepping into a fantasy world, many ideas of self and social expectation quickly fade away.

    The interactions at our events are still very genuine and we believe this realness can be maintained even when playing out complete absurdity.

    This perfect balance is what we aim to capture at our events, replacing status and ego with playfulness and characters.

    We are truly grateful for how strong this participation is at our events.

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    NON HIERARCHICAL

    On a communication and respect level, all our crew and volunteers are treated as equals.

    Our events are environments where input is always welcomed and where we all work towards the end product as one. While there are times when clear decisions and directions are made by managers, it is always done with the greater vision in mind, and being bossy is seriously discouraged.

    We are very grateful for the huge amount of people who put energy in to make our events, and they are all vital pieces of the puzzle.  We ask that on ground level, status is avoided and everyone treats all they meet with equal respect.

    See you at the next jam <3