Festival of Repair 2024

The Festival is back with a jam-packed schedule!

OPENING NIGHT
6pm-9pm
Repair Demos, Guest Speakers and Sustainable Art Exhibition

BOOK TICKETS

Festival logo + partners + date

Festival information

Lots to see and do:

  • Book a repair session for your broken household items – bikes, furniture, clothing, tools or electronic items to a booked repair session
  • Watch repair demos – upcycling and upholstering furniture; musical instruments, bikes, electrical items and more
  • Get your vintage items valued – jewellery, books, vinyl records, pre-internet technology…
  • Watch The Last Repair Shop – academy award-winning short doco
  • Children’s craft workshops with Reverse Garbage and Toy Swap with Joy of Giving on Friday 16 August
  • Enjoy our Sustainable Market day – Sat 17 August
  • Join in our Textiles: Repair, Reuse, Resist! Day– Sun 18 August
    • Workshops & Demos: live upcycling, collective mending
    • The ‘Shitthropocene’ doco on the ou- of-control global textile industry by Patagonia Films
    • Fixing Fashion panel with ABC host Craig Reucassel
  • See a stunning Sustainable Art Exhibition

Guest speakers

Anita Vandyke

Anita Vandyke

The Bower’s Festival of Repair is a fun way to discover how we can get the most out of our favourite possessions, learn how to re-use, upcycle and repair them and save tons of waste from going to landfill.  I can’t wait to be part of this year’s Festival.

Anita Vandyke, author My Zero Waste Life, My Zero Waste Family   @rocket_science

Carig Reucassel in checked shirt with folded arms

Craig Reucassel

I’ve always loved what the Bower does and The Festival of Repair is a great way to learn new ways to save money and fight the war on waste.
ABC Sydney Breakfast & War on Waste host

Nina Gbor in hat and polka dot dress

Nina Gbor

Join me to explore the opportunities and the challenges of engaging  in the Circular Economy – as more businesses get into waste reduction, re-use and repair.  I’m also thrilled to be part of the Fair Not Fast Fashion day on Sunday. 

Director, Circular Economy & Waste Program, The Australia Institute and founder of Eco Styles

Sustainable Art Exhibition & Sale 12 – 18 August

Cafe Open

FRI 16 AUG

CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUMS

10am-1pm

Council Forum on Re-use & Resource Recovery: Barriers and Best Practice

by invitation

FRI 16 AUG
2pm-4pm
Industry Forum on The Circular Economy – meeting the challenges Moderated by Nina Gbor – Circular Economy Director The Australia Institute

by invitation

FRI 16 AUG

KIDS DAY

9am-10:30 am
PreSchoolers Mandala Making workshop
TICKETS

11am-1pm
Primary School – Craft Workshop – SCHOOL EXCURSION

2:30 -5pm
Pre-loved Toy Workshops by Joy of Giving
FREE –
Preschoolers 2:30 – 3:30pm
Primary School
4:00-5:00pm

SAT 17 AUG

REPAIR SHOPS, DEMOS, WORKSHOPS
SUSTAINABLE MARKETS 11AM-3PM

9am -11 am
Vintage Valuations
APPLY to have your item valued

10am – 1pm
Glass Repair DEMOs with Mark Eliott
FREE

10am – 11am
Intro to Home Maintenance – fix a tap
TICKET
$

11am – 12pm
Intro to Home Maintenance – elementary pipe work
TICKET $

11am-2pm
Woodturning Demos with Mario
FREE

10am – 12pm
How to make a Vertical Garden
TICKE
T $

10am-12pm
Bower Repair Shop LIVESTREAMED
APPLY to have your item repaired
BOOK TO WATCH REPAIRS at Festival
BOOK TO JOIN ONLINE

BBQ 11AM-3PM

12pm-1pm
Handtool sharpening DEMO
FREE

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Native Bee Musical
Amelie Ecology
FREE

1-2pm
Upholstery DEMO
FREE

1pm-4pm
REPAIR SHOPS
Book to bring in your bike, electronic item or small furniture for a 15min repair session
BOOK SESSION $15 FOR 15MIN

2pm-4pm
Vintage Valuations LIVESTREAMED
APPLY to have your item valued
BOOK TO WATCH at Festival
BOOK TO JOIN ONLINE

2pm-3:30pm
How to Build A Tiny House PRESENTATION by Architect Ash Menegon
FREE – BOOK TICKETS

3pm-4:30pm
Bee Inspired – Make a Native Bee Habitat WORKSHOP with Amelie Ecology
TICKETS $25

3pm-4pm
Music Repair DEMO
FREE

4pm-5pm FILM & Q&A
The Last Repair Shop
Academy Award winning short documentary followed by Q&A on music instrument repair
FREE BOOK TICKETS

SUN 18 AUG

TEXTILES: Repair, Reuse, Resist!

11am-1pm
Mending Repair Cafe
FREE BOOKING

10am-2pm
Clothing Upcycling, Reuse & Repair
– Upcycle your t-shirt with screen printing [not black]
$5 per shirt

10am-2pm
Clothing Rescue & Recycling
– Drop off quality used clothing for re-use
FREE

2pm-5pm
FIXING FASHION
Patagonia Film – The Shitthropocene
PANEL DISCUSSION
MC: Craig Reucassel
+ Sustainable Fashion experts:
Clr Adam Worling;
Patagonia;
Australian Fashion Council CEO; Nina Gbor, The Australia Institute


BOOK TICKETS $25

Key to event type

REPAIR DEMO

REPAIR SHOP

WORKSHOP

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP

LIVE STREAMED

PRESENTATION

INDUSTRY FORUM

FREE – PUBLIC

FILM + PANEL/Q&A

Our sponsors & partners

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to Elders past, present and future and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people.