Bello Winter Music - Bellingen
Following a similar format to its much loved summer sister festival, The Mullum Music Festival, Bello Winter Music takes place throughout the many delightful (and cozy!) venues of Bellingen, including The Memorial Hall, Diggers Tavern, No 5 Church St, The Bellingen Golf Club, and St Margaret’s Church Hall, spilling out into the streets and cafes for a family-friendly, affordable weekend of music, celebration and community. As well as the music, Bello Winter Music comes alive with street theatre, workshops, free events
"Bellingen has a similar counter-culture to Mullumbimby; it's just back from the coastal tourist destinations and it’s a naturally beautiful area.” says Glenn Wright, director of Bello Winter and Mullum Music Festival. “Just like Mullumbimby, Bellingen has a diverse community, a long history of environmentalism and a vibrant local music scene. Both festivals are dedicated to programming new and emerging artists - local, national and international - and I’m sure like Mullum, Bello will become ‘one to watch’ for exciting new acts.”
“Creating a partner winter festival in Bellingen rather than expanding Mullum Music Festival means another community can reap the benefits of a small scale, community run festival. The Bellingen community is deeply involved in every aspect of the festival. It has been inspiring working with them to create a unique, authentic celebration of their town.”
Situated roughly half way between Brisbane and Sydney and 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen sits in a spectacular countryside on the banks of the Bellinger River. Small cottages line the river, and a host of bed and breakfast guesthouses can be found close to the town as well as eco huts and farmstay accommodation options. Camping is also available at the nearby Bellingen Showgrounds for the duration of the festival, and bookings can be made through the festival office.