Despite ongoing debates about whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first, there’s nothing but community spirit within the Groovin the Moo (GTM) coop. It’s a coop that is filled to the brim with love for our six regions, celebrating all the creative colour they have to offer.
We’re pleased to showcase these offerings through the return of our National Community Program, with shedloads of initiatives to get involved with.These range from programs for youth, to work experience for budding festival lovers, from opportunities for local artists, to inclusive and fabulous pop-up parties.
Here’s an A-Z overview of the National Community Program for 2020;
Each GTM will showcase the talent on offer from the local art community, providing something for everyone – from an immersive psychedelic den in Wayville, to gigantic macrame masterpieces in Townsville, to dehydrated rescued fruit installations in Canberra! There will be a plethora of visual delights throughout every festival site, from the front gate entry to the small nooks and crannies. There’s a huge range of local legends who will lend a hand to literally make our festival sites a work of art!
CLASS OF 2020 – WORK EXPERIENCE
From humble beginnings at our first GTM (Gloucester, NSW in 2005), where students from the local TAFE campuses were invited to gain insight and lend a hand with all things Moo, we now involve stacks of educational facilities around the country. These include high schools, tertiary institutions and community groups from each region and those who sign up can gain experience in a range of areas including Artist Liaison, Decor, Event, Production, Publicity and festival bump in and bump out.
CREATIVE CONNECTION – WORKSHOPS, GIGS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES
There will be a very diverse range of workshops and gigs running across our regions this year, with something for everyone from aspiring DJs and budding musicians, to lovers of pickled vegetables! We’re also offering local businesses opportunities to raise funds for a range of charities, including those who assist Australians affected by catastrophic bushfires and flooding.
Returning nationally in 2020 GTM’s Powder Pen will keep you looking festival fresh around the country! For a small donation, you can get a quick hair and make-up “zjoosh” thanks to local beauty, barbershop and hairdressing salons. A portion of proceeds from the Powder Pen will go back to the charity of the salons’ choice.
We’re thrilled to be teaming up with local LGBTQIA+ organisations in each region to present a space that is interactive, inclusive and most importantly, celebratory of all things rainbow.
We engage local drag queens, DJs and artists to bring to these spaces to life and keep the party going all day and night. Think country hospitality, delivered with fabulous flair.
BUY A BALE
We’re thrilled to be supporting Rural Aid through their successful Buy A Bale program, supporting farmers and rural communities impacted by natural disasters including drought, fire and flood. Rural Aid provides fodder (hay), water, financial relief, counselling services and more to our rural communities and farmers in need. When you purchase a ticket to GTM, you can add on $2, $5, $10 or $20 (+ processing fees) to donate to this awesome organisation. You can find out more information on our ticketing pages.
triple j UNEARTHED
Like last year and plenty of years before that, triple j are on the lookout for one artist from each GTM region to add to the 2020 lineup. Past winners include legends like Adrian Eagle, Coda Conduct, SAFIA and West Thebarton and we can’t wait to uncover more gems this year. The competition is open now and all you need to do is have your best tunes up on the triple j Unearthed website by midnight on Sunday 15 March.
Everyone’s favourite bovine is back. Full of facts and sass, Bessy is returning to help you with all things GTM2020. Once more, she’ll be working 24/7 and is your go to for informoootion. Head to GTM’s Facebook Messenger and chat to her by hitting the ‘Get Started’ button.