Image by Evan Malcolm
To celebrate 10 years of Mullum Music Festival, the festival and The Rock and Roll Coffee Company Café in Mullumbimby will present a retrospective photographic exhibition (24th Oct – 27 Nov) featuring the work of local photographers who have been capturing the magic of Mullum Festival for many years.
The selected exhibiting photographers regularly cover festivals and have been an integral part of the Mullum Music Festival family since its inception. Each photographer has selected their favourite photos of the festival to include in the exhibition. Each capture the spirit of Mullum Music Festival whether it’s highlight performances, activity on the streets, colourful characters or patrons of all ages enjoying themselves. Together their work provides a spectacular visual story of a unique community in celebration.
“Mullum Music Festival is a whole town festival – there are things happening on every street corner, in every venue” said Festival General Manager Nin Haggith, “Over the years there have been countless classic ‘Mullum Moments’ and this group of local photographers have been there, immersing themselves in everything going on. It’s such a thrill to see this collection of photos together – this is our story and we are so grateful to our photographer friends for helping tell it.”
Mullum Music Festival is a photographer’s delight as many of the exhibiting artists attest.
Image by Kirra Pendergast
“The reason I love shooting Mullum is because it is so full of joy! There is so much to see at each venue and the movement of people in between creates a street photographers dream,” says Kirra Pendergast, who has been taking photos since she was 12 years old. Director of local website Common Ground, Kirra also mentors young student photographers at Mullum Music Festival each year, showing them ropes of festival and street photography.
“The joy the festival inspires in the town I love is uplifting, says Jeff Dawson, local legend, photographer and one of the founding members of the long-running independent paper The Byron Shire Echo “I love the lack of insecurity.”
Photographer Hamish McCormick moved back to the area after 15 years of documenting performing artists at festivals around the world and says “Mullum Festival is my favourite of the festivals in a shire full of festivals. The community and town engagement, the artists, organisers, crew and volunteers all contribute to create the wonderful and unique vibe of this awesome event”.
Photographer and radio presenter Anthony Moulay agrees “The vast community involvement and the eclectic mix of talented artists are the essential ingredients which makes Mullum Music Festival so special. It’s how a musical festival should feel. It’s been a lot of fun to play a small part in documenting the festival over its 10-year history.”
The Mullum Music Festival 10 Year Retrospective Photographic Exhibition will run from Tues 24 Oct to 27 Nov at the Rock and Roll Café in Mullumbimby so visitors can check it out during the festival. All photographic prints are available for sale.
Mullum Music Festival 10 Year Retrospective Photographic Exhibition
24 October to 27 November
Opening Night: 6pm, Tues Oct 24 2017
The Rock and Roll Coffee Company
3/55 Burringbar St, Mullumbimby
Featuring the work of Kirra Pendergast, Jeff Dawson, Evan Malcolm, Hamish McCormick, Kurt Petersen, Lyn McCarthy, & Anthony Moulay
Image by Hamish McCormick