Singapore, we’re back with The Conscious Festival Powered by Holland & Barrett. And this year we are vegan, carbon-neutral and as close to zero waste as we can be. Just wait until you see what we’ve cooked up for you this time.
On behalf of the entire team at Green Is The New Black, we are hugely proud to announce that The Conscious Festival Powered by Holland & Barrett is returning to Singapore for what is shaping up to be our biggest and baddest edition yet. This November 2nd and 3rd 2019, we will transform Singapore into a vibrant mecca of conscious living alongside more than 100 mindful brands, forward-thinking entrepreneurs and inspirational speakers who are experts in their fields. Here is a snapshot of what’s going down:
Welcome to our new home
This year we’re moving to South Beach (26 Beach Road), an eco-friendly lifestyle destination with a wave-like microclimatic canopy that naturally mimics a calming sea breeze all while harvesting renewable energy and green water. The sprawling development exemplifies Singapore’s vision of it becoming a garden and is the winner of two Green Mark Platinum Awards as well as the Sustainable Development category at the FIABCI Singapore Awards. It’s not hard to understand why we’re working with this incredible venue for this year’s edition of The Conscious Festival.
“Climate Change Is Real”
In June of this year, Green Is The New Black cofounders Stephanie Dickson and Paula Miquelis went on an expedition to the Arctic aboard the National Geographic Explorer and witnessed the effects of global warming firsthand. The trip inspired and then laid the groundwork for this year’s theme: Climate Change is Real.
“This year has been a huge one for the planet,” says Dickson. “We’ve seen eco-anxiety grip the world, fires obliterate the Amazon, and climate deniers are in power. But we’ve also seen more people fighting the good fight, and movements like #FridaysForFuture and Extinction Rebellion instil some hope in humanity. It’s times like these where I feel both disempowered yet full of hope. However, I’m still optimistic and that our actions can turn this around. Anyone feeling lost or needing a little extra help navigating their way through this paradigm will find themselves not alone at the festival, but instead amongst a community where we can take action and grow together as a collective”.
We’ve gone vegan
Vegan menus have always dominated every edition of The Conscious Festival but this time we’ve upped the ante and will be 100% vegan, a first for the Singapore edition. Attendees can expect a marketplace full of vegan-friendly products and innovative mouth-watering food. Organic alcohol will also be available for those more inclined.
Support local and regional brands
The MARKETPLACE will have over 100 mindful brand pop-ups, 20 edutainment booths by NGOs, a series of activism through art, mini-workshops as well as a lively atmosphere with local bands and entertainers. Brands will be flying in from around the region, including Fashion Deploy from London, Indiigo Culture who are flying from New York, Flo Jewellery, Cocoparadise, Bamboa Home, ZeroYet100 from Hong Kong, Happy Earth from Thailand, and many more.
Live & learn
We’ve lined up four transformative sessions that are packed full of juicy actionable insights that will empower you to change your life. TALKS will look to enable people to play a bigger game, make more impact and embrace their most fulfilled, green life.
● LIVE – Collaboration Not Conflict (Sat 2 November, 10.50am – 1.30pm)
● BUSINESS – Ethical Opportunities in the Climate Crisis (Sat 2 November, 2.20pm – 5.00pm)
● CONSUME – Rising Seas, Rising Youths (Sun 3 November, 10.50am – 1.30pm)
● FASHION – Dressing with Sense & Sustainability (Sun 3 November, 2.20pm-5.00pm)
Speakers range from thought leaders like Barney Swan, who was the first man to walk the South Pole on renewable energy, Christine Amour-Levar, explorer and founder of Women on a Mission & Her Planet Earth, Alexander Chan from the The Mills Fabrica in Hong Kong, youth activist Rachel Tan, Dr. Aimee Maxwell who is a psychologist and deep adaptation spokesperson, legendary Angry Clean Energy Guy Assaad Razzouk, and many more.
Look out for our Green Warriors
The third annual list of Green Warriors will also be showcased as an exhibition at the Festival. Thirty eco-game changers from around the region will be celebrated in a special photo exhibition by acclaimed photographer Alex Marco.
Tickets, tickets, get your tickets
Don’t worry, as always The Conscious Festival is FREE for the public. But for the TALKS, there is a nominal fee of which a large portion of sales will go to planting trees. Guests can register for free entry here and purchase tickets for TALKS here. The Conscious Festival is open to everyone and welcomes professionals, individuals, families and little green warriors in the making who want to live more consciously, uniting them under one roof with the mantra that together, we can do more with less and reduce our collective footprint on the planet.
Thank you to Holland & Barrett
The magic of this year is largely thanks to Holland & Barrett International, who is one of the world’s leading health and wellness retailers. For more than 145 years, Holland & Barrett have been supplying its customers with a wide range of vitamins, minerals, health supplements, specialist foods and natural beauty products. Already a familiar sight in almost every major city and town across the UK, the brand is becoming increasingly more visible further afield, now appearing in health markets in Singapore, China and India.
The Conscious Festival Powered by Holland & Barrett takes place on Saturday 2nd November, and Sunday 3rd November at South Beach, 26 Beach Road in Singapore. Follow the event on Facebook for more updates.