Dancing under the stars to big band Soul’d was a fitting finale for Kaleido’s Mullum Laneways Festival – a celebration of culture and connection held on Sunday, May 5.

It is estimated that 2,500 people shared some magical moments and unforgettable memories during the four-hour free event, which saw families enjoying street theatre, communal arts activities, and magnificent musical experiences in the main street and laneways of Mullumbimby.

Director Steve Drake expressed overwhelming enthusiasm for the festival’s activities, noting that the organisers received numerous positive comments from the public about the variety of offerings for kids.

The day commenced with a flash mob of Mexican ukulele players, followed by performances on the main stage from Bunny Racket, The Loveys, and Soul’d. Meanwhile, the Cassettes, Dandyman, and Spaghetti Circus attracted large crowds to their street performances. Simultaneously, the laneways came alive with the life drawing sensations Hot Mess, while families elsewhere enjoyed face painting, puppetry, arts activities, and storytelling.

“Mullum Laneways was created by the community for the community, and I couldn’t be prouder of the volunteer team that pulled this together and the support we received from local sponsors,” said Steve Drake. “We will be exploring ways to make the next Kaleido event just as interesting and engaging while continuing to celebrate and enrich our community. Stay tuned.”