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Sudeep Lingamneni Presents Army of Gods

This photo story created by Sudeep depicts 'Army of Gods', images from Indian religious festivals.  Sudeep makes this contribution to the 2009 Melbourne Social Forum In the Hot-House festival.




In the Hot-house Festival - Weekend PDF E-mail

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Weekend Festival - Final Program Announced
Saturday 18th April 10 am - 9 pm & Sunday 19th 10 am - 5.30 pm
CERES Community Environmental Park, Cnr Roberts & Stewart st, East Brunswick

The festival program continues at the picturesque and inspiring CERES Environmental Park. The program is busting at the seams and consists of art, music, workshops, food, drink, films, children's entertainment and much more including the premiere performance collaborative performance project with two Moreland based schools, Voices of our Future.

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Voices of our Future
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Download FINAL Program & Schedule
Tickets & Location & Parking



All bands are playing at the CERES stage on the Village Green.

 BandBrief Bio
The Conch

conch10 piece orchestra playing a dynamic mix of Ska, Reggae, Latin, funk, hip-hop, swing and more. We'll get you off your seat, onto the dance floor and into the street. 

The Conch aims to use our music to inspire struggles and the thousands of individual activists who everyday do something to improve the world. Our music comes from anger and from love and we use it to educate, agitate and help organise. Join the movement alongside The Conch.

Sat. 1 - 2.30 pm
Radiant CityradiantBroody Instrumental sound.  A must see if you like the Dirty Three and Silver Ray. MySpace page
 Sat 4.45 - 6 pm
Ainslie WillsainslieMelbourne chanteuse Ainslie Wills, support act for Missy Higgins on the Victorian leg of her 2007 National tour.  A heartbeat for a rhythm; a tangle of synth notes and bedroom-choir for melodic backing; half-forlorn, half-defiant delivery. Addictively subtle.Sun  1 to 2.30pm
Lady Lash & MzRizklashSisterly duo of Hip Hop with a pinch of soul, a dash of funk, a touch of RnB and a taste of jazz all mixed together with some samples and scratches thrown inSun 1 to 2.30pm
Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde

newThe Ork repertoire includes Klezmer, Balkan, Middle-Eastern & original music, arranged by professional arrangers as well as musical director Pietro Fine.  The instrumentation is violins, trumpets, flutes, clarinets, saxes, guitars, accordion, piano, bass,percussion & a french horn!  Joined by special guest: violinists Ernie Gruner & Willow Stalhut, percussionist Roskoh + Phil Carroll on accordion, piano & ney flute.

 3.45 - 4.45



There are over 30 workshops on over the weekend. From learning about Transition towns, carbon reduction groups, Reconciliation and Latin American struggles to practical sessions on preserving olives, craft , meditation and green renting.  See our workshop descriptions to find the workshops that interest you, then see our full program to find out when your workshop is scheduled. 



For detailed listing of times and venues, please see the full program.

  • Sudeep: 3 collaborative arts installations merging projected images & sound.  See Army of God, G20 & Homeless World Cup exhibitions, with music by Felipe & Bata Ensemble.
  • Radical Craft Installation
  • Ero - Scours CERES looking for materials to build a collaborative found Art project
  • Geoff Lemon - Spoken word, strongly hip-hop influenced in places but using other poetic and performance influences elsewhere. All a cappella.



Stalls from over 30 community groups and small businesses are on display to educate you about issues that matter, reduce your environmental footprint and expand your social imprint.  See our full list of stalls here.  


Children's Activities

Susan the ClownFor the kids we've got face painting on Saturday between 12.45 and 2.30pm.  The wonderful Susan Carew will be clowning around with kids as she roves the venue most of Saturday.  To make sure you can have some fun with her, she will be making a special appearance in front of the Education Office on Saturday between  11.30 - 11.45am and 3.30 - 3.45pm.  Come and see us at the information desk and we'll help you get to the Education Office.  Sorrykid, you'll have to hang around with Mum and Dad on Sunday as we don't have any special activites planned for you.  


Voices of our Future

Melbourne Social Forum in Partnership with Vox Bandicoot are proud to present the Voice of our Future project.  Hear the voices of the future- now! Students from Corpus Christi College and Fawkner Primary School have created uplifting performances based on their own personal responses to climate change and the environment. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be inspired to take action.  Corpus Christi College will present on Saturday at 12.45pm.  Fawkner Primary School will present on Sunday at 12.45pm.  Both performances are located on the CERES stage next to the Village Green.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about climate change, but more importantly they have the chance to express their thoughts and feelings and to have their voices heard! They are creating upbeat, optimistic performances with messages of hope about their futures! Showing how they can do small things in their own lives, that add up to make a big difference" , Simone Sky, Drama teacher at Corpus Christi Primary School, Glenroy. See the full media release

Food & Drink

brewEnjoy yummy wholesome food from the newly launched Vegelicious. Get your fix of coffee from our good friends at Red Star Coffee coffee cart.  Relax with a good Brew Beer from Deano and the Good Brew Company, served ice cold from the keg on his bike! There is something for everyone at the CERES cafe too, so you won't be going hungry.  

Please bring your own drink bottle or cup to keep hydrated and top up with water at the free water stations that will be marked on our map at the event.


Film Night- Voices of the planet

cam In conjunction with our friends at Plug-in TV, we have an exciting line up of films. The film night will take place at CERES Cafe.  Best to enter via 8 Lee Street, East Brunswick main entrance if coming after dark. Rug up and keep warm by bringing a blanket.  If you want to sit on the floor, bring a cushion too.  Cost $2. Parking available only at at Cretan Brotherhood Car Park on cnr Stewart & Nicholson St

Prize Giveaways - Slow Guide to Melbourne - Red Star Fair Trade Organic Blend coffee, knitted scarf, Ethical shoppers guide, Polka Dot Rabbit products - two pairs of cycle gloves and one cassette wallet.

Featuring Films: “We are not alone”

Made by Kami Tidak of Peace Brigades International, highlights PBI's ork protecting Human Rights defenders in Aceh, as well as the conflict seen through the eyes of activists themselves.  It is a very interesting insiders look at the conflict situation in Aceh, as well as the challenges and importance of Human Rights work. (45 min)

World Social Forum TV 

Some footage from the 2009 World Social Forum held in Belem, Brazil  (15 min)

“Invasion Day”
A look at the struggle for Indigenous rights and the representation of Australia’s most notorious day, Jan 26th. (24 min)

Plug in TV

“La revolución Comunicativa”

Community Radio and TV On the Rise in Venezuela (24 min)
(Greg Miller and Sean Kriletich – Unearth productions)


Lalia tells us about her home, the Sahara desert. Her  world is a world of lost dreams, of memories never lived - she wakes up to the terrible reality from which she longs to escape: her exile in a refugee camp in Algeria. Dir Sylvia Munt, Spain 1999, 14 min (In Spanish with English subtitles)

We would like to thank our Voices of our planet film night partners, Peace Brigades International, Plug-in TV and CERES.


Full Program

programThe final draft weekend program can be downloaded here.  We have several different formats you can select from.  Check back on Friday 19th for any last minute announcements.  Any further changes to the program will be noted here and at our main information & registration desk on the day.


  • Workshop Canceled: Winning the campaign for a safe climate - Janet Rice 
  • Radical Craft Installation Canceled.

If you still have questions about the program or the event or a media enquiry, please contact us or call 0403 440 996.


Tickets & Location & Parking

Tickets at gate: One day concession $5.00 / Full $10, Two days concession $10 / Full $15, Under 18's free entry, Film night $2.  First 70 through to purchase ticket receive Free No Sweat Shop tote bag and Renew magazine for first 75 people who arrive early

CERES Location: Melways Map 30 B-7,  Google Map, Public Transport Tram 96 Bus 503 & bike, & Parking only at Cretan Brotherhood Car Park on cnr Stewart & Nicholson St.


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