Alternative turns mainstream in Mullumbimby

5 September 2014
Last year's festival crowd. Credit: MCG
Last year's festival crowd. Credit: MCG

This Sunday, September 7, the Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) will hold the Living Community Festival.

Program Coordinator Hannah Forrester said the festival is designed to "engage the community in sustainability".

Local crafts, arts and foodstalls as well as workshops in permaculture, biodynamics and biochar will be held at the festival. There will also be kids activities, a jumping castle and silent disco, making it truly an event for all ages.

The annual Spring event has grown larger each year and is evidence of the continuing drive towards diversity that the Northern Rivers has come to expect as a way of life.

But what are the reasons people from all over the world are ending up in places like Mullumbimby and deciding to call it home?

The best way to learn about a place is to speak to the people who live there so I interviewed some of the residents to get their opinions.

Jamie, who is orginally from Austen, Texas has been living in Mullumbimby for nearly a year and he intends to make a life there.

"[Mullumbimby] is a storybook town that seems to have everything I need to be happy... I feel like I’m in a little bit of a bubble here... it’s kind of a healing space," he said.

Cecille from France, has lived in Mullumbimby for two-and-a-half years and she will be running a crepe stall at the festival.

“Mullum is very different from the rest of Australia... I love it here, this is where I want to stay,” she said.

Sol Farrina, a former president of MCG, and a resident of Mullumbimby for over 30 years said he applauds the local council for its foresight in allowing the community to have a space like the MCG and hopes that it will show the way for a lot of other communities around Australia.

“The MCG is bringing people together, growing food, because growing food is like a lost art,” he said.


Welcome to Mullumbimby Sign

The sign on the road into Mullumbimby says it all. Image: Thomas Dutton.


General entry tickets are $10 at the gate or there are a limited amount of Gold Pass tickets for $45 which gives you access to the Santos Organics Positive Action Forum.

For further information please visit the Mullumbimby Community Garden's website.

Alternatively, you can download a pdf of the full program here.