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MAKI Festival captures minds of community

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MAKI Festival's Emerson Ysayama, Leonora Lumby, Jamie Kershaw, Carter Hanley, Joel Fergie, Damien Tracey and Daniel Johnsen were set to hack, make and create with the local community.

Critical thinkers, problem solvers and decision makers rolled up their sleeves for MAKI Festival 2021.

On Saturday, MAKI Space invited the community to take part in several workshops to stimulate pathways of creation with the MAKI Festival.

The Bundaberg Region is well known for its history of innovation, from Toft cane harvesters, Avokah irrigators and Jabiru aircraft, there has been many great ideas stemming from the area.

The creative atmosphere at MAKI Festival had locals thinking outside the box with technology and innovation, exploring ways to solve, and the ideas that flowed were endless.

Community Lifestyle Support CEO Damien Tracey said in today’s world the pace of innovation was exciting, and modern technology was becoming more accessible to the wider community.

“Advance manufacturing and technology is so widely available now compared to five years ago, and it’s really cool to think what will be happening five years from now.

“This space will evolve year on year.

“The pace of innovation we have seen over the last five years, is only going to continue and may well escalate.”

Damien said innovators were less conservative than previous decades, and it was beneficial as ideas flourished when shared in early stages.

“Rather than waiting until an idea is perfect before you do it, the i's dotted and t's crossed, we get it out and come off the back of it, debrief and learn from it,” he said.

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MAKI Festival participants Trudie Leigo and Shelley Pisani enjoyed learning new ways to create using modern innovation at the MAKI Space.

As a practising artist Shelley Pisania said by taking part in the 3D and design workshop she would now be able to integrate what she had learnt into her artistic practice.

“Just to have this equipment, which may not be affordable for everyone to buy, and access the equipment and training on how to use it, is a great leverage point particularly for the creative industries,” she said.

“Here they can prototype things, they test different things in way you cannot normally do in a regional community as there is not always access. It really is great.”

Community Lifestyle Support Social Enterprise Manager Leonora Lumby said the MAKI Festival workshops were a great way to introduce what was available at the centre to the public.

Leonora said the workshops were all well attended, and she said there were plans for a second MAKI Festival in August and anyone interested in attending should check the Facebook page for details.

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