Admittedly today is a special morning in the life of Mullumbimby. We travelled north to the Mullum Music Festival to surround ourselves with music, colour and community and that’s exactly what we found. Mullum hummed with a vibrancy that made my insides dance.
It was all about the music, of course. I didn’t take many pictures of the performers, I never do. When I’m somewhere that I really want to be, I rarely remember to get my camera out unless it’s to take pictures of the kids. Living in the moment is far too important to me. That said, Tracy McNeill and the Good Life absolutely rocked the Rhythms Texan BBQ. Great tunes and great slow-smoked bourbon brisket made for a mighty fine lunch time. Check out the flaked out Badoo who downed an entire brisket sandwich on her own and then couldn’t get off the mat…
The Spaghetti Circus – a kids’ troupe based in Mullum – were absolutely fantastic. It reminded me just how many exciting opportunities there are in country towns for kids to get involved in unreal stuff. I’m itching to find something similar for my kids here in Sydney… something tells me I’m going to have to look long and hard.
The girls spent a long time at the natural crafting tent, creating the most beautiful artworks out of found materials. What a beautiful thing this tent run by local maker Kim Tait was, so full of bits of nature just waiting for small hands to weave. I found it incredibly inspiring.
Now, I couldn’t resist the call out for average Joes to attend an 80s dance workshop with Marissa Treichel of The Cassettes at midday – rehearsing for a crazy flash mob at 6pm that night outside the Civic Hall! I don’t know how I managed to convince Bart to get involved, but before too long he was doing the running man with the best of them. Oh how I love that man o’ mine! I must say, taking part in the class and the performance as a family was one of the most special things I’ve ever done. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of the actual flash mobbing – too busy being part of the mob – but here we are having a lovely time in rehearsal…
I’m going to have to make this a very long ‘morning’ in the life of Mullumbimby because we closed the day with the most amazing fire dancers I’ve ever seen (‘course there was fire dancing!). This guy was wielding a fire whip! I did wonder whether the strip of party lights he had set out in front of the firey arena was enough to keep the kids from going up in flames! Eek!
There was magic in the Mullumbimby air and something tells me that it wasn’t just conjured up for the music festival. I went to a beat boxing and spoken word workshop with the most awesome CR Avery who was mysteriously very inebriated (it was 1.30 in the afternoon, after all), but still ten times more articulate than most people I know (the experience wasn’t dissimilar to watching an episode of Drunk History), and he said, “to remain truly creative, you’ve got to surround yourself with creativity. If you get caught up in the reality television circuit, you’re going to start thinking that’s what real is. Real is living from the inside out, not looking from the outside in.” Cheers to the amazing CR Avery and cheers to the amazing Mullumbimby community.
Do you ‘festival’ with the family? This was totally new for me, but we’ll definitely be doing a lot more!