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The Festival is being held to: 

  • Celebrate where we live, who we are and how we are adapting.

  • Honour and respect the traditional Darug and Gundungurra custodians of the land and learn from Aboriginal people who lived harmoniously with Country for thousands of years.

  • Showcase practical examples across the Blue Mountains of how locals are living sustainably (e.g. through growing food, cutting waste, caring for wildlife, becoming energy self-sufficient and much more)

  • Inspire each of us to connect with others and start a new project to build our collective resilience.


Residents, community organisations,  businesses and townships across the Blue Mountains LGA are invited to contribute to the month’s calendar of events and activities that focus on connecting community and sharing sustainable practices.

We welcome expressions of interest from the community in the promotion of local music, arts, dance, produce and trades and any initiative that promotes community connection and resilience, and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. 

Using our COVID-safe framework for planning events will be part of the submission process.


Events will be held across the Blue Mountains – from Mount Tomah to Mount Victoria, from Blaxland to Blackheath. Satellite events in neighbouring Lithgow and Hawkesbury will also be featured.


  • Lead on sustainability by example

  • Participatory – maximise opportunities to participate/lead in both hosting events and taking part

  • Celebratory – showcase and recognise great practices and people

  • Inclusive – all parts of Blue Mountains communities supported to participate

  • Regenerative – growing organically through the strengths of our community, working with where the energy is, and contributing to regenerating our social and ecological system 

  • Recognises and builds on First Nations knowledge systems

Objectives / Goals

  • Set a new standard for sustainable events – leaving Country better than we found it (e.g. measure carbon footprint)

  • Connecting, celebrating and feeling hopeful – build community connections and resilience

  • Build a community festival that continues to flourish year after year

  • Businesses and organisations are engaged and celebrating what they are doing

  • Spark new projects at the local level for sustainable, resilient community – in homes, streets, villages and businesses (behaviour change)

  • Involve and increase membership to Resilient Blue Mountains, foundation organisations and RBM Working Groups

Who We Are

We are residents of the Blue Mountains who are passionate about our community. 

We are committed to supporting our community to live as sustainably as possible, to transition to a low carbon, circular economy and to build our collective resilience. 

We come from community organisations and networks representing cultural, environmental and community groups.

We are connected to the Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative. 

The 2022 Festival of Resilience is being organised by a Working Group of volunteers from Resilient Blue Mountains, together with Blue Mountains City Council staff. We represent a wide range of community organisations and movements: arts and culture, environment and sustainability, faith and social justice. Meet the team here

Get in Touch:

  • General Inquiries
  • Media/social media
  • Volunteering
  • Sponsorship
  • Events



The Festival of Resilience is a partnership between the Blue Mountains City Council  and Resilient Blue Mountains

Seed funding for the Festival of Resilience has been provided through the NSW State Government Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund.

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