Event Applications


In this age of environmental, social and economic disruption, it is vital that we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture and keep our eye firmly focused on the mission to sustain our planet. 

Now calling all change-makers, presenters, artists, performers, and creatives! Help accelerate action in this critical decade by hosting an event in the 2023 NSLF program.

Each year this iconic Australian event presents over 300 events exploring climate change and sustainability. The Festival hosts a packed month-long program of local and international talks, forums, workshops, film, art and design events to challenge inspire.


In-Person event applications apply to events that safely support people to attend live and in-person experiences that follow physically-distanced requirements. These events could be staged outdoors or COVID safe operating venues. All in-person event applications must comply with relevant COVID regulations at the time of the event date.


Online event applications apply to events that provide audiences with experiences from the safety of their home without needing to mask up. We’ve been updating our website so that Festival event organisers can link to their online events from one central location. So, be bold and get creative with your applications – from live streaming events, podcasts, interactive streams, Zoom forums, one-on-one online sessions to digital workshops, online panel discussions or maybe even a digital tour experience.



Events are staged throughout the Festival in a range of venues and spaces across cities, suburbs and streets. Venue Partners offer their location and spaces to help Festival Event Partners stage their events. Town halls, cafés, bars, restaurants, warehouses, museums, art galleries and sustainable buildings are all welcome to apply.


Over time, SLF has developed criteria to assess the appropriateness of program content. SLF uses four core elements when selecting Festival presenters, exhibitors and partners:

Process – facilitating a community driven event, engaging community members in an open programming process
Standards – using negative screening and positive search guidelines to set standards
Consultation – gaining advice from community groups, peak bodies and specialists
Feedback – seeking feedback from Festival visitors, exhibitors and presenters.

The criteria aim to be inclusive of a diverse range of progressive approaches, while recognising the appropriate scale and speed of change required to achieve sustainability. Not surprisingly, when we are tackling the goal of global sustainability, great complexity and conflict are often involved. The Festival recognises the need for robust dialogue and cooperation in our communities as collaboration is one of the strongest ways to achieve rapid cultural change. The Festival is an exciting and challenging opportunity to exercise our ability to creatively remake our society.


Contact SLF for further information at info@slf.org.au