Every Wednesday evening at Mooloolaba beach in Queensland Australia, a gathering takes place. People of all ages and walks of life get together to do drumming and fire twirling.
Can you see the dragon in the flames? Fire twirlers with the moon on the water.
Lex and I happened to be down there last week, so went to check it out. It was simply wonderful! Up on the ‘Loo with a View’ platform, a group of at least 20 were gathered in a circle, each with their own version of a drum, some small, some huge. The ages ranged from I would say in the 80’s down to toddlers with their families, all happily drumming together.
The ‘ringleader’, in the centre of the circle, kept the beat going, moving around the circle, smiling and encouraging everyone to join in. This would have to have gone on for at least an hour while we were there, and it was STILL going after we moved on.
Down on the beach in front of the platform, another group of maybe 8 people (along with friends observing) were lighting batons, pois and hoops with torches, then proceeding to twirl them in the most magnificent patterns. There was also a hoop and a pair of pois with neon strobing lights inside them, which also made wonderful effects. The atmosphere was electric, with many locals and holiday makers alike observing both performances (not that they were really performances, just groups of people getting together to have fun).
Neon hoop making a ‘slinkie’ effect. Throwing flames from the torches.
What struck me, though, was the way in which the community came together, forgetting their differences and their worries, to join together in harmony and enjoyment, which they willingly shared with everyone else who came along to watch, listen, or just pass by.
There should be more celebrations of life like this! Simple, inclusive, no cost involved (except of course for those who own the drums and fire twirlers!) – a sharing, inclusive event, that specifies no age limit, no belief system, no class distinction – open to all who wish to join in.
Lex took a lot of photos that night, but I have only put up a few. I hope you like them. He didn’t have a tripod with him, as we didn’t know we were going to encounter this, so considering that, they have come out quite well with a little time lapse.
Encased in flames – hula hoop of torches. Hoop creating net, and twirling batons.
I would love for there to be more events like this in my community – please share if you have events you love in your own community!