Viva La Resilience is an upcoming festival celebrating community, independence and sustainability. Come down to learn useful skills to save you money and the planet along with great food, music and company.

The best part about it is that I will be there all day (11am to 3pm) to answer any questions you may have about cycle touring, practical cycling and/or commuting. Plus I will show you how to service and look after your pushy and keeping it running smoothly and safely. Totally free of charge on one condition: You share any knowledge I pass on to you to others as well.

Viva La Resilience is free to the public and will be held on Sunday 8 December 2013 at Perth City Farm, from 11am to 3pm.

Perth City Farm

More information on the festival is located on the Cage Free Human website [link here].


Half-hour hands-on presentations to start a new hobby and save the planet! In the courtyard and gardens – All Free!

Bicycle Maintenance – Bring your bike in as Karl from Velophile Australia shows you how to service and look after your pushy, keeping it running smoothly and safely. Riding a bike is a great way to enjoy being outdoors, it is infinitely cheaper than driving and it burns fat, not fossil fuels! Running all day – get in quick!

Furniture Repair – Brendon Dhu will show you how to paint and stain wood, fix chips and dings and get some structural integrity back into favourite pieces and verge-side treasures. Throwing away furniture is a crazy waste of money, resources and a potentially amazing piece of design. Why not fix it up and make it yours? Brendon will show you how at 12:30 and 2.

Recycling – Peg Davies knows exactly what can be recycled, how to recycle it and why we should. Everything deserves a second chance – even plastic bottles and waste paper! Peg will teach you how to halve your waste at 11:30 and 1.

Deep Tissue Massage – By ‘foam rolling’ Seamus O’Connor keeps his muscles knot- and pain-free. Here he will show you how to use simple items such as tennis balls and PCV piping to get rid of stiffness and improve flexibility. Learn how to become superhuman at 11:30 and 1. There will also be foam rolling tools for sale so that you can keep it up at home.

Human Movement – Have you ever thought that the way you walk and sit could be causing seemingly unrelated problems and pain? Learn how to move with Physiotherapist Jenny Clydesdale, showing you the basics on maintaining good posture and technique in everyday movements at 12:30 and 2.

Muay Thai – Stay in shape and develop self-confidence and skills in self-defence with kick-boxing trainer Shannon Quintal. This workshop will give you basics in improving fitness and learning useful movements. Healthy bodies help healthy minds which help healthy communities. Get it at 12 and 1:30.

Gardening – Emmett Blackwell is the driving force behind the McDougall Farm Community Garden, and he’s going to share his passion for growing food. Let him take you on a tour of Perth City Farm’s gardens, showing you the basics of composting and examples of how you can grow your own food anywhere. Tours start at 12 and 1:30.

Brewing Coffee – Higher Grounds are serving their amazing, ethical and sustainable coffee. While they’re at it, they’ll be running short presentations on how to choose coffee that is good for you, the farmers and the planet – and how to brew it properly. Because we think that starting the day with a perfect coffee will make everyone’s day better. Serving all day.


Half-hour speeches inspiring you with what’s possible and how to do it! In the Exhibition Space – All Free!

Lisa Palmer – Simplify: Get more with less. Hear Lisa’s amazing story of how her family halved their working hours and income, and started living a life with far more than they had before. Learn what is possible from living on less at 11:30.

Bee Winfield – Organic and Ethical Farming. Bee from Nannup knows how to produce the best food. Not only the best in flavour, but also the best for the animals, the people who produce and consume it, and the land it is grown on. Learn why it is so important and how to access it at 12:30.

Gerard Siero – Green Design and Renovation. Perth’s climate is unique, and design must adapt accordingly. Architect Gerard Siero will present concepts of green design and renovation, offering ideas to make your home more livable and sustainable at 1:30.

Senator Scott Ludlam – Sustainable Cities. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam will be delivering a presentation to inspire you to what is possible if whole communities work together to create a sustainable, resilient city. See what Perth could do at 2:30.


Art is an important part of any happy community. Enjoy local talent in the courtyard throughout the afternoon.

T&A and Kobi Morrison – A genre-shifting duo will kick off followed by some solo acoustics

Delay Delay – Come see what hype’s all about with this indie double act at 1.

Child’s Play – Get moving with this unique mix of skills at 2.

Max Fitzgerald – Our DJ will be playing chilled beats and taking requests throughout the arvo.

Live Street Art – See art in the making, running throughout the day.


Merri Bee Organic Curries – get the finest feed here

Fresh Juice – delicious healthy hydration from local orchards

Higher Grounds – Great coffee plus education. See Workshops above for more.

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