Here are a few words strung together by Kieran, slide guitarist and didgeridoo man of Leopold's Treat, in the lead up to our appearance at the mFest at Springbrook State School | 7th May 2016 | 1pm (festival 10am-4pm):
Well, it’s that time of year again, Mfest is just around the corner!
Through this beautiful little festival, on the Springbrook plateau tucked away in the Gold Coast hinterland, our community comes together every year through music, workshops, art and food to honour our women and mothers on the very day before Mothers Day.
As a band, we have played at Mfest for many years, backing our front woman, Kate Leopold. As a member of Leopold's Treat who lives on Springbrook, Mfest and its celebration of our womenfolk, means a great deal to me. As Dr Hunter writes in her book, The Power of Mother Love, “Mother love shapes cultures and individuals. While most mothers know that their love and emotional availability are vital to their children's well-being, many of us do not understand the profound and long-lasting impact we have in developing our young children's brains, teaching them first lessons of love, shaping their consciences”
We are an interesting and eclectic lot on Springbrook and, being isolated from the rest of the Gold Coast, we have developed some unique ways of supporting our womenfolk. This is during a time when society can appear to urge women and mums to identify their worth in things that take them away from their families and most intimate bonds. Mfest invites women from all walks of life to come home to their hearts, their children, community and friends and celebrate in who they are and encourage them to be themselves. We invite you to treat your mum with Leopold's Treat on May 7, from 10 am to 4 pm and give thanks to our women and mums. Leopold's Treat play at 1pm.