Thurs 17th –
Sun 20th May 2018

Newcastle Australia

Set in the beautiful and edgy steel and coal town turned activism hub of Newcastle, this festival now in its second year, will provide a unique conversation around justice, climate change, spirituality, music and art. This conversation seeks to find ways to work for the common good, where diverse communities reclaim the future in hopeful and creative ways.

Thurs 17th –
Sun 20th May 2018

Newcastle Australia

Thurs 17th – Sun 20th May 2018 Newcastle Australia

Watch this video to see highlights of the 2018 Inspiracy Festival

Watch this video to learn more about the Inspiracy Festival

Inspiracy Film Competition

Thursday 17 May – Inspiracy Opening Night & Film Comp Awards

VENUE – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd Adamstown (corner of Glebe Rd)


Opening night refreshments at Adamstown Uniting Church.


Performance with spoken word poet and singer Nardean.


Premiere screening of the Film Competition Finalists and Award of Prizes.

Feature bowl image by Penny Dunstan, ‘Earth Bowl’ 2015 – Self mulching earth from the Hunter Valley. © Penny Dunstan


Conversations in Ecotheology

A conversation that connects science and theology, land and climate, Australia and the Pacific, ethics and action, set in Newcastle: one of the largest exporters of coal to the world.


Friday 18 May – Sacred Earth – Conversations in Ecotheology

VENUE – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd Adamstown (corner of Glebe Rd)


Dr Dianne Rayson setting the scene – with Dr Penny Dunstan artist.

Dr Anne Elvey, Embodied Reading with Earth: Sensory engagements with the Gospel of Luke.


Dr Mick PopeA Climate of Hope: Church and Mission in a Warming World.


Professor Neil Ormerod, Laudate Si’, An urgent call for action.




Panel discussion with Mick Pope and Tau’alofa Anga’aelangi.


LUNCH – Delicious vegetarian lunch provided.


Jessica Morthorpe, Showcasing climate action in Churches.


Choice of one workshop:

A > Dr Anne ElveyClimate Change Poetry: How do Poets Respond to Climate Change

B > Dr Jason John, The Futures: Religious and Secular

C > Dr Mick Pope, A Climate of Justice: Loving our Neighbour in a Warming World


Choice of one workshop:

A > Thea Ormerod, Interfaith Activism

B > Dr Byron Smith, Emotional Responses to Ecological Crisis: Following Jesus on a wounded Planet

C > Tau’alofa Anga’aelangi (Tonga) and Tebeio Tamaton (Kiribati), Pacific Climate Change Responses

4PM – 5PM

Gathering Forum, book launch and refreshments.

You’re welcome to head to a local restaurant for dinner. Let us know if you’d like some suggestions.


Wine and cheese reception followed by guests panelists at 7.30pm.

Can Art, Poetry or Music change Anything? 

A lively conversation facilitated by curator and art historian Dr Rod Pattenden, with Dr Penny Dunstan artist, Dr Anne Elvey poet, Andrew Styan installation artist and Luke Vassella award winning musician and songwriter.

Saturday 19 May

DAY VENUE – Merewether Uniting Church, 178 Glebe Rd Merewether

EVENING VENUE FROM 5PM – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd Adamstown (corner of Glebe Rd)


BREAKFAST – Delicious gourmet breakfast at Merewether Uniting Church.


Keynote presentation Phil Glendenning, President Australian Refugee Council, Working for the Common Good – The Challenge and Hope for Australia and its Citizens.

(A special family activity will run alongside this session –SUPER HEROES workshop with Lucinda Neave. We all know that super heroes have super powers, right? Did you know that you have super powers too? 




Choice of one workshop:

A > Mick PopeA Climate of Justice: Loving our neighbour in a warming world.

B > Anne ElveyWriting as Activism; Poetries of Resistance and Recuperation

C > Raising Ethical Kids Forum: Nurturing kindness, respect and compassion. An opportunity to share ideas and ideals, and to learn from each other in developing ethical kids. With Meredith Lindsay (Primary School Principal), Lu Quade (singer), Stella Dyer (clinical psychologist), chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Pepper (medical practitioner).

(A special family activity program will run alongside this session – The Good Earth workshop for children will reinforce the wonder, essential goodness and value of our amazing planet earth. Through creative craft activities children will explore the creation story and their joint responsibility to care for the earth. Led by Catherine Beeton who has wide experience in family and children’s work.)


LUNCH – Vegetarian lunch from international food stalls.


Choice of one workshop:

A >  Sustainable Living, Jane Tonks and Catherine (Peps) Pepper will share their journey towards back-yard sustainability through the lens of doing the things they’re passionate about, and having lots of fun along the way.

B > Advocacy: Some useful Tools and Strategies, Stafford Sanders and Jon O’Brien. Practical tools to help you purposefully speak and act for change on the issues you care about. It’s important in any action to understand the problem (and what part you are focussing on) and who can change it.

C > An Aboriginal Lens, Saretta Fielding, Aboriginal artist will explore themes in her work responding to land and culture.




Choice of one workshop:

A > Local Pathways to Change, an interactive workshop with local climate justice activists equipping individuals with knowledge to affect on the ground issues in Newcastle – George Woods, Steve Phillips, Naomi Hodgson and Tim Buchanan.

B > Community gardens are a great way to connect with nature, produce food organically and reduce your carbon footprint. This workshop will use the experience of a number of community garden enthusiasts to share their experiences growing vegetables and community in their neighbourhoods. With Mark Toohey and Lawrie Hallinan.

C > Heathy Food Healthy Planet: Connecting our Plate with our Planet, with Jessica Morthorpe, environmental activist.


Gathering Plenary – Facilitated by Garry Derkenne.

5PM – 6PM

SING UP JUSTICE! at Adamstown Uniting Church – An exhilarating vocal workshop with songwriter Trish Watts

7PM – 10.30PM

CAFE EXPRESSO in the Dungeon at Adamstown Uniting Church with special guests:

Trish Watts and the ‘Inspiracy Singers’ (pop up choir)

Heather Price, passionate singer and songwriter

Roje Ndayambaje, African born spoken word poet

Rachel Collis, lyrical voice with original songs

Berias Masseque and the Afro Fusion Band, up and dancing!

(Delicious gourmet snacks and refreshments available to purchase at Expresso)

Click to view Expresso flier.

Sunday 20 May



Sunday worship services in local churches with key presenters.

2PM – 4.30PM

Sacred Earth, Sacred Voice workshop with Trish Watts*

Vocal workshop with Trish Watts at Adamstown Uniting Church hall – singing changes the landscapes between ourselves and our earth – creating harmony, respect, courage and capacity. Enjoy singing with others voices seeking ease, freedom and justice. Click to view the Workshops flier.

*Please note: this workshop is not included in the festival ticketing.
Tickets $25/20 conc. Purchase workshop ticket at Trybooking.