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29 September 2017

Australia’s only solar-powered creative festival, Off the Grid, is back for its third year in 2017.

On Friday 22 December, Off the Grid will take over the forecourt of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) to present a sun-soaked and fully sustainable day of live music and art.

Off the Grid has announced that Jamie Bennett of Crown Ruler has joined the team as a guest curator in 2017. Bennett is the  founder and director of Freedom Time festival and has curated the Red Bull Music Academy’s Sydney Weekender and Transliminal at Dark Mofo.

Music acts programmed for the festival include Detroit electro master Jay Daniel and Japanese DJ Chee Shimizu, plus Krakatau, KAIIT, Two Steps on the Water,  Ben Fester, Jaala Vs Man, Dianas, Toni Yotzi and SOMA.

This year’s event will also include a conference program – The Palimpsest — designed to promote the exchange of ideas and innovations by exploring expert visions for future cities. In addition to the music and performances, guests will hear from Australia’s leading environmentalists, architects, activists, entrepreneurs and more.

The first Off the Grid festival was held on the summer solstice 2015, with close to 1,000 people partying under a five-metre-high stage that was powered by a state-of-the-art solar charged battery bank. In 2016,  1,000 people returning to the ACCA forecourt for a day of arts and music performances, leaving only two bags of rubbish destined for landfill after the event.

In 2017, Off the Grid will donate 100% of the festival profits to a renewable energy project in Melbourne.

Visit Off the Grid festival for more information