That’s a wrap on Groovin the Moo 2019! This year was so incredible – filled with unforgettable moments, amazing friendships…
GTM’s National Commoonity Program is here!
If Groovin the Moo (GTM) was a hotel, it would have vacancies for anyone and everyone, all the time. This philosophy is something that is at the heart of GTM’s Community Program, which strives to involve as many elements as possible from each of the communities and regions that it visits every year.
We’re incredibly excited to be bringing a bunch of our most beloved community initiatives to all six regions in 2019. These range from work experience for budding festival lovers, to programs for disadvantaged youth, from opportunities for local artists to showcase their wares, to chill out spaces and pop up parties.
Here’s an overview of the National Community Program for 2019;
GTM x HEAPS GAY
The legends at HEAPS GAY started a few years ago as a series of parties for LGBTQI+ kids and their friends and has since become a regular party starter for anyone who wants to have fun and support good causes. Over the years, HEAPS GAY have been popping up at various GTM events with their inclusive space, the Milk Bar. This year they’ll bring their glitter, good vibes, classic tunes and country drag to Maitland, Canberra and Bunbury.
LGBTQI+ Safe Spaces
Wayville, Bendigo and Townsville will be gaining their own inclusive spaces too – think Motel pool parties and dress ups with drag queens. There’ll be something fantastically fun for everyone.
Local Artist Showcases
Each GTM will showcase the talent on offer from the local art community providing something for everyone – from stilt walkers in Wayville, to MYO tote bags in Bendigo and artwork throughout every festival site, from the front gate entry to pop up Hotel/Motels. There’s a huge range of local legends who will lend a hand to literally make our festival sites a piece of art!
Returning nationally in 2019 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.
Ticket Exchange Program
GTM will be working with over 10 organisations across the country to engage local youth from families who are experiencing hardship, are at risk or are disengaged. Invitations will be sent out to these local support groups, encouraging local youth to head along to GTM to experience a fun day of music festivities with their peers.
Traditional Dance and Language Workshops
Immediately following the Welcome to Country ceremonies, traditional dance and language workshops will take place on the outdoor stages at each GTM. This is an opportunity to learn the movements and language of the traditional custodians of each region that GTM visits.
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 18 education 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, Event, Production, Publicity and festival bump in and bump out.
For your local commoonity line up, click on your location below: