Sustainability and keeping it green at Mullum Music Festival

At Mullum Music Festival you don’t just nourish your soul with music; you get to engage in workshops, walks and talks and learn about being an agent for positive change. The festival organisation itself is also committed to reducing the event’s environmental impact.

“Mullum Music Festival is serious about our environmental impact and has been working with Mullum Cares, Renew Fest, Repower Byron Shire, Brunswick Landcare, Stone & Wood and The Byron Shire Council for many years now,” says Festival Director Glenn Wright “It is our long term desire to have zero waste at our event.”

“We can do more, and each year we look to tackle new challenges. This year we are really keen to reduce the waste from our Festival Market Places and we have partnered with Mullum Cares to help us manage the sorting of rubbish and dispatch for least impact and maximum diversion from landfill.”

“Remember to BYO water bottle and visitors to the Civic precinct food court are encouraged to be a part of the action and BYO cups, plates and cutlery and the friendly Wash Station crew will happily wash them for you!” says Sasha Mainsbridge of Mullum Cares “Refundable deposits will apply on all cups at the bars and in the Civic Food Courts.”

“It’s important to remember you can make a difference and together we make change,” says Dave Rawlins of Repower Byron “Opting out of electricity produced from fossil fuel and switching to an ethical electricity provider is one of the easiest and most powerful climate actions you can take.” Repower Byron volunteers will be at the festival to tell you how to switch, reduce your power use and even produce your own renewable electricity.

Mullum Festival Green Achievements

  • The event uses existing infrastructure and venues in the town of Mullumbimby, so no infrastructure trucked in. eg no porta-loos, etc. What a great idea, use what’s already there!
  • More than 90000 seedlings have been planted over 10 years of our Mother’s Day Tree Planting Festival. Thanks to Brunswick Land Care, Council and Dave Rawlins.
  • Re usable Cup Exchange at our festival bars, thanks to support from sponsors Stone & Wood.
  • Re usable cups, solar powered stalls, and eco-friendly packaging at Civic Hall Festival Market Place.
  • Waste sorting and correct off site dispatch for least impact. Thanks to Mullum Cares.
  • Bring Your Own Water Bottle – reduce single use plastic! Musicians and customers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. The festival and venues provide multiple refill stations. Thanks to Mullum Cares, Green Music Australia and festival venues.
  • Nature walks, sustainability forums and community education. Thanks to Renew Fest.
  • The Mullum Music Festival office has a solar farm on the roof, and the Civic Hall, Ex Services, Bowlo, Drill Hall, Courthouse and High School venues all also have solar.

2019 Mullum Festival & Renew Fest activities for Festival-goers

Activities are open to everyone – free for festival ticket holders or via gold coin donation for non-ticket holders.

Nature Walk

Presented by Dave Rawlins & Joanne Green from Brunswick Valley Landcare.

Local Landcare has worked restoring Saltwater Creek for nearly 20 years. Come and learn about their efforts and ways to restore our riparian areas.

When: Saturday 16 November – 9.30-10.30am

Where: Meet at entrance of Petria Thomas Swimming Pool.

Weaving Workshop

The talented and creative team from Weaving Connections are on hand with sustainably sourced natural fibres, and funky up0cycled plastics, cables and cords ready to share the skills required to create your own little bit of magic. The wonderful weaving women are ready for drop in’s between the hours of 10am – 3pm throughout the weekend and can guide you through various techniques that can be utilised to create functional baskets or works of art. It’s only limited by your imagination. Bring your ideas, and any fibres, cables, or cords, that you would like to include.

When: Saturday 16 Nov & Sunday 17 Nov – 10:00-3:00pm

Where: Festival Marketplace

Contemplation Panel: What songs shall we sing for the planet?

How do we respond to increasingly devastating climate change and all the faults in our human systems that are driving it?

Ignore… and put head in the sand.
Enjoy… what you got while you can.
Rebel… and demand that laws change or the powerful stand aside.
Adapt… to all the big and sudden shifts.
Grieve… because that’s all we got left.

What would a musician do? What could a singer sing? What songs do we need to hear in these times? Join Ella Rose Goninan, director of Renew Fest, along with Student Climate Strike Representatives and Mullum Music Festivals featured artists for this important contemplation and discussion.

When: Saturday 16 November 11:00 – 12:30pm

Where: Piano Bar (upstairs at Vanguard Vanguard venue)

Yoga

Yoga Join Jessica Humphries + Live Music with Murray Kyle!

Fun & flowing Yoga suitable for all levels. This class will leave you feeling open-hearted and dance floor ready!

When: Saturday 16 November 8:00am & Sunday 17 November 9:00am

Where: Civic Hall

For full program and more info visit www.mullummusicfestival.com

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