The festival vision is to entertain, educate and inspire; to be a rite of passage for anyone who feels they need a new, positive direction in their life. To build a community, a place where everybody looks after each other and nobody is a stranger. We create a space for everyone to express themselves freely, without judgment, and inspire each other to live in a more positive and life affirming way. We aim to promote sustainable and healthy lifestyle choices; caring for ourselves and this beautiful land.
A fundamental objective of this event is to showcase Indigenous art and culture, and spread awareness about Indigenous affairs and the true history of Australia. As a community, we will sow seeds of gratitude, respect and awareness into mainstream society. Each year the theme will change to showcase a different ancient culture from somewhere in the world, while always maintaining a strong Aboriginal presence with the local Darumbal people.
We will meet, play and learn with each other, transcend our differences. We believe that happier people become better people, which equals a better society- love and happiness are contagious, and quickly spread through the festival and into the larger community. It is our hope that as more love-orientated events materialise, populations world-wide will experience awakenings in both spiritual and tangible forms- more sustainable practices, better governmental policies and celebration of diversity. On a local level Tropical Bloom aims to inspire creativity and help consciousness blossom, bringing a new, positive depth of culture to the Capricorn Coast.
Indigenous Culture at Tropical bloom
The festival takes place on Darumbal land, and the security team is run by local Darumbal people, who welcome us onto their land and take care of us while we’re there. As well as the local dancers, this year we aim to bring in dance groups from other tribes, and include a smoking ceremony for everyone to take part in. For those wishing to delve deeper into the local history and customs, the workshops will include: Local history from an Aboriginal perspective, Darumbal language workshop, didgeridoo workshop, dreamtime storytelling and a variety of kids workshops. We will also have a comfortable elders tent set up, and free entry to the festival for all elders. As always, the art gallery will mainly feature the work of local Indigenous people.
Tropical Bloom is an environmentally conscious ‘leave no trace’ event, with a focus on sustainability. As part of our sustainability commitment we require all food stalls to use biodegradable packaging, and single-use plastic water bottles are prohibited. All site waste is sorted into rubbish and recycling, and there will be workshops and lectures on permaculture and sustainability. We have 100% (luxury) composting toilets and are working on reforesting the creekbed at the festival site. We are always improving our sustainability pracitces, and the long-term goal is for the festival is to have a POSITIVE environmental impact, not just to minimise the negative.