The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Our Commitment

The Emerging Writers’ Festival recognizes that running a festival has a direct impact on the environment and First Nations people’s land. We are committed to actively reduce this impact as much as possible by encouraging EWF staff, artists, partner venues and audience members to undertake sustainable practices while engaging with the festival.  

We understand that public transport is not an option for everyone, but where possible we recommend CovidSafe travel by public transport, bike or household car pool when attending events.  

We offer E-ticketing to all events to reduce the number of printed tickets.  

We discourage single-use plastic in festival venues, and encourage the use of reusable water bottles.  

We encourage patrons joining online events to monitor ways to save power and reduce the use of multiple devices. Creating online events helps reduce power usage at in-person events, especially in the evening.  

Where air travel is necessary for artists and staff, EWF purchases carbon offset units to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases released as a result of air travel. Offset units support projects that reduce or remove emissions from the atmosphere, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation. 

The Emerging Writers’ Festival uses ethical suppliers with a focus on recycled materials. Where possible, festival materials are reused from previous years. Allocated bins including recycled will be provided at venues where allocated.  We encourage everyone to correctly dispose their rubbish and reduce litter.

This year we will be using a carbon calculator to understand where our environmental impacts lie, and to help us strive towards more sustainable festivals in the future.