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Why attend in 2022?

Self-employed creatives need the skills and confidence to make their business a success, but professional development tailored to this group is non-existent. The Freelance Festival provides the opportunity to be inspired and learn from Australia's most succesful freelancers.

Featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and business advice, the festival will be an unmissable opportunity for established and emerging freelancers to network with like-minded people and to plan for the future.
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Speakers
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Workshops
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Photo Booth

Collect all your memories from one little booth.

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Prize Money

Enter our freelance writing competition.

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Vouchers

Enter our festival raffle to win vouchers for Tamar Valley Wineries.

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Our Perks For You
During the festival

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Gala Dinner

Come along and watch a comedy show, boat ride and dinner.

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Lunch & Ice-Cream

We provide the lunch and the desert.

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Great Speakers

Meet some of Australia's best freelancers.

Introducing

Keynote Speakers

Dr Marcus Bowles

Director: Institute of Working Futures
Dr Marcus Bowles

Dr Marcus Bowles

Director: Institute of Working Futures
Dr Marcus Bowles is one of our favorite speakers at the Launceston Freelance Festival. Dr Bowles has a wealth of data and statistics to help you understand the skillsets in demand.

Fran Molloy

Freelance Journalist & MEAA representative
Fran Molloy

Fran Molloy

Freelance Journalist & MEAA representative
Fran Molloy is an Australian journalist and author, journalism academic and founder of the Freeline forum for independent journalists in Australia. She is also on the Federal Council of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
Her work has appeared in such newspapers as The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age and The Sun-Herald as well as a range of magazines including Fast Thinking, The Walkley Magazine published by the Walkley AwardsG Magazine (Australia), Practical Parenting published by Pacific Magazines and others.

Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd
Susie Bower

Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd
Susie is a fifth-generation Meander Valley resident, living and working in Regional Tasmania. She has spent over 20 years working in Local Government and the higher education sector and has broad management experience. Ms Bower has previously held roles as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Dorset Council. She has a strong interest in improving educational outcomes for students in Tasmania, and has helped to establish four scholarship programs for students wishing to further their education.  

Meredith Castles

Interaction Design Science Specialist
Meredith Castles

Meredith Castles

Interaction Design Science Specialist
Meredith is an Interaction Design Science specialist and PhD Candidate. She has worked extensively as an actor and writer in the TV, film, stage, and radio industries for over 20 years She co-hosts and helps produce the nationally award-winning STEM podcast That’s What I Call Science and is one of two professional gamer hosts of an upcoming international podcast on Women Live-Streamers. Meredith solo hosts a live-streamed science communication show on Twitch TV twice weekly to teach people about science fundamentals through conversation and video gaming. Her PhD research is looking at how tertiary ICT students can better interact with the educational technology they are required to use and each other by harnessing the power of Citizen Science and Human-Computer Interaction. She’s exploring the following: if tech designers (experts) can learn how to build better technology by learning from the real-world usage and wants of students (non-experts) the resulting technologies should be evolutionary rather than fit for purpose. Meredith is also sourcing evidence and creating a new model for the sustainability of Women in ICT for Tasmania, aimed at retaining women by creating role models who can communicate to a wide audience.

Karen Percy

Veteran Journalist and Freelancer
Karen Percy

Karen Percy

Veteran Journalist and Freelancer
Karen Percy is a veteran news reporter, with more than 30 years of experience. Her career has taken her around the country - Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and now Melbourne - and around the world - Canada, South East Asia, Russia. She's worked for the ABC, Channel 10 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2006-2009 she was an ABC correspondent based in Bangkok. In 2010 she went to Moscow and freelanced for a number of agencies including CBC, SBS, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Orf in Austria and Radio New Zealand. In recent years she has specialised in court reporting. Karen is a co-Vice President of the Media section of MEAA and a director of the Walkley Foundation. She is Chair of the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific which focuses on trauma and journalism.

Bec Adamczewski

Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Bec Adamczewski

Bec Adamczewski

Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Bec Adamczewski is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator based in nipaluna/Hobart. She is drawn to the space where art and design mediums collide, traditional and digital methods creating stories for physical and digital spaces. Much of Bec’s work revolves around community, providing places for expression and reaffirming shared creative practice.  She is passionate about investing in the design community and has an ever-growing list of personal ‘dream’ projects that she works on in her spare time to complement her commercial work.

Karina Dambergs

Chief Executive Officer FermenTasmania
Karina Dambers Distiller

Karina Dambergs

Chief Executive Officer FermenTasmania
Karina is a co-founder at Red Brick Road Group, a distillery in Deloraine, Tasmania. Karina is also the Chief Executive Officer at FermenTasmania and was part of the successful bid to UNESCO to recognise Launceston as a City of Gastronomy.
 

Erik Black

Stakeholder Engagement Media Super
Erik Black

Erik Black

Stakeholder Engagement Media Super
Erik combines relationship management and stakeholder engagement with client education and a consultative sales style that promotes client acquisition, retention, and penetration. Erik's client-focused approach is to cultivate and nurture relationships with all stakeholders, balancing interests of clients, suppliers, and external partners to optimise outcomes. Erik has a reputation as an exceptional communicator, excelling in solving customer issues and improving the overall client experience.