For the last five years, we have had the pleasure of teaming up with our pals over at A Festival Called Panama in Tasmania. Each year it is such a rich and fulfilling experience with incredible live music (over the years we’ve seen Seun Kuti, Charles Bradley, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Grizzly Bear, Bombino, Marlon Williams, Olympia) just to name a few! It is a small scale Festival set in the wilderness of Tasmania and holds true to ideals of making a minimal impact on the land. Wood stoked showers, small stages, locally brewed cider on tap and yoga in the morning…. what more could we ask for?!
And each year we roll out the local market stalls and…. ‘The Great Panama Clothes Swap’. What started as another slightly wild idea has turned into a growing, community spirited exchange within the Festival site and program.
So, how does a clothes swap in the middle of a Festival work? Well, it’s rather simple really! We invite all Festival patrons to partake in the swap by bringing along a few (no longer wanted) garments from their wardrobe. They drop it off with our Clothes Swap crew, we check it, we sort it and then we transform one of the Festival areas into a Swap Shop. Everyone who has donated an item can come back later at the designated time and exchange an item out. Usually there is some excitement in this process (perhaps even a quick dash for a sort after item). But, everyone leaves cheery and with a couple of new items to refresh their Festival outfits with. We quality control the items donated by their wear and tear (i.e buttons missing, stains etc) and we don’t judge on aesthetics or previous fashion choices. We all lived the through the early 2000’s and are familiar with a certain kind of supre one shoulder tropical printed polyester top (right?!).
What gets us going the most about this Festival is the overall community spirit. Everyone who attends seems to bring with them boundless levels of enthusiasm, optimism and attentiveness we hope for in every day life. And, we can’t go without mentioning, it is by far the cleanest festival we have EVER been involved in! Watch this video if you don’t believe us!!