Never been to Soul Survivor? Lots of questions? Here are a few of our frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is the cost of the festival? Is there a different price for group bookings?
What’s the schedule of the festival?
You can check out a bit more about what happens if you go here. There is a relaxed atmosphere to the whole festival. You don’t sign up for things – and can decide what you want to do just prior to each time slot. There’s no pressure, (except if it comes from your own youth leader!) to do anything at all. We encourage lots of space for having conversations, relaxing and meeting people.
How does food work?
In the past, food has been up to individuals/groups. We do have a couple of cafe venues and a BBQ that all sell good food/drinks for very reasonable prices. Some youth groups do their own cooking. You can still do it this way, but there is also our Soul Kitchen Meal Plan (where you can get your lunch and dinner catered throughout the festival). It’s a great deal, and takes the pressure off youth group leaders to organise food and people to cook. The food is tasty and good quality, our team eats on the meal plan!
One lunch, we have a Village picnic. People are allocated to one of four villages for camping. Each Village group gathers to eat lunch together. Everyone brings their own food, but it’s to encourage getting to know other people. If you are on the meal plan we will have an easy ‘take with you’ option to take back to your village areas.
Is it possible to come for only part of the time, or full time only?
All of the above! Check out our prices page. You can come for the whole time, or just an evening. There’s lots on ALL the time.
Who are the Speakers, what will they be speaking about?
Info will be up online as soon as it’s locked in. There are a huge range of topics covered in seminars and we work off feedback from previous years (from both youth and youth leaders) and do some pretty serious brainstorming and scouting for speakers to keep things interesting, relevant and varied. Want to see something specific, or have a great idea drop us a line!
What is the difference between a Seminar and a Workshop?
Seminars are much more teaching, learning, listening (but known to include some discussion too, it really depends on the speaker!) whereas Workshops are more creative, hands on and skill based – things like tap-dancing, origami, photography, clowning…
How do electives work?
At the festival you will be given a program that has all the info you need to know, and you head to the electives you are most interested in!
How much free time is there?
You can be as busy or as laid back as you want. There’s always things going on, you can chose what you do and don’t do. Nights are a fantastic time to hang out with friends (new and old!) and grab a hot drink and listen to a band, dance at Smoove or check out the night market.
Is everything at Belgrave Heights Convention Centre or is there travel involved?
Everything is at the Convention Centre. Camping, seminars, toilets, cafes… But Belgrave is close enough if you need to go to the shops, or escape for a coffee (Although we do serve fantastic coffee!).
What is the cut of date for registering?
Early-bird cuts off February 11, 2013 and you can get it cheap at $99 for the WHOLE festival before normal registration prices kick in, or if you’re not quite sure you can make it for the whole thing and need to play it by ear you can rock up throughout the festival and register there.
How does camping work? What if it rains?
Everyone camps – rain, hail and shine, even most of the team. We’ve found that most of the best conversations happen round the campsite. Camping is allocated into Village groups to encourage community and gives you the chance to hang out with some other youth groups and individuals. We often find that a bit of crazy weather can be just the thing to bring everyone together, and it usually passes pretty quickly.
What about toilet/shower facilities?
There are toilets and showers on site and also some coin operated washing machines if you happen to need them.
What is the main age bracket of people that come to Soul Survivor?
In the past there’s been a huge range from 13-33! Our main target is youth (ie. high school) – that’s what we gear main sessions and the activities, but we don’t want to cut young adults out either and we are keenly interested in helping out youth leaders as much as possible, with several youth leader morning teas to keep on top of how things are going and to see how we best can serve your crew.
Any other details you think that might be helpful for a youth group
Many youth leaders tell us that it’s a great time for their group – the individuals are challenged and grow, and the group grows closer together. Not only that, but youth leaders themselves learn heaps and grow and it’s a great opportunity to connect in with other youth groups and share ideas. We may be biased, but we think it’s a good thing for all youth groups! We a youth leader’s guide to bringing a group to Soul Survivor which you can find here.