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Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival 16-26 February 2017

WELCOME TO THE 2017 BANJO PATERSON AUSTRALIAN POETRY FESTIVAL


Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda is known worldwide; many Australians can recite a string of his poems; and his work has been converted to song and theatre. What better way to celebrate this great Australian’s life and work than through a Fesstival in the district in which he was born.

Welcome to the fourth Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in its current form since the celebration of his 150th birthday in 2014. The Rotary Club of Orange has taken a lead role with Brand Orange and other community organisations in co-ordinating events that will be attractive to lovers of good old Australian entertainment.

Bush poetry, school performances, professional entertainers, markets, golf, barbecues and camp oven cooking are some of the attractions. There is also the opportunity for community members and visitors to Orange to show their skills in poetry recital and musical entertainment.

Australian poetry is alive and well this Festival will provide something for every age group, including aboriginal performance and cultural tours, local history and the wonderful food and wine of the Orange region.

BANJO PATERSON POETRY COMPETITION


 

Individual performances of original poetry open to students, novices and experienced poets. Beaut family entertainment. Contestant entries close 8th Feb. Great prize money. Run by the Rotary Club of Orange.

Saturday 18 February 2017 | Orange City Bowling Club, Warrendine Street, Orange | 3pm-5pm High School & Primary School Students | 7pm – 10pm Mayoral Challenge, Novices and Open | Gold Coin entry

Information for entrants: entry for schools is free, $5 per entrant otherwise.

Rules and entry forms are available on the Rotary Club of Orange website or call Len Banks on 0428 459 117 for more information.

ABOUT THE BANJO PATERSON AUSTRALIAN POETRY FESTIVAL


 

Orange and its surrounding region celebrate the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in February every year. Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson was born at ‘Narrambla’ Orange on 17 February 1864. Banjo is an Australian legend. He lived in Yeoval until he was about 7. This festival highlights not only Banjo Paterson but is an opportunity to celebrate all Australian Poetry and Poets in general.

The 2017 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival program is a ‘whole community’ Festival.  We aim to deliver a quality program that will be of great interest to visitors and showcase the diversity our region has to offer.

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 THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 
kids 1ROTARY BREKKY AND POETRY IN THE PARK

BBQ breakfast and entertainment from local schools and visiting poets. Stop by on your way to work, after your morning exercise or to meet your friends.

Robertson Park | 7.30am – 9am | $5 entry fee

Runs Thursday 16, Saturday 18, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February.


FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY – BANJO’S BIRTHDAY
nla.pic-vn6300930-v BREAKFAST WITH BANJO

Early morning breakfast at the Orange Civic Centre Precinct on Banjo’s birthday.

Orange Civic Centre Precinct, Byng Street, Orange | 7.30am – 9.30am | $5 entry fee

For more details call the Orange Historical Society on 02 6361 1920. This event is proudly sponsored by Orange City Council.


Night market grazingBANJO PATERSON FESTIVAL NIGHT MARKET

The iconic Night Market with over 30 food and wine stallholders creates an outdoor playground in Robertson Park, and is fun for all the family. Kick back to the sounds of local musicians and poetry in the park!

Robertson Park, Orange | 5.30pm – 8.30pm | Gold Coin entry


SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY

IMG_9858 BANJO PATERSON AUSTRALIAN POETRY COMPETITION

Individual performances of original poetry open to students, novices and experienced poets. Beaut family entertainment. Contestant entries close 8 Feb 2017. Great prize money. Run by Rotary Club of Orange.

Orange City Bowling Club, Warrendine Street, Orange | 3pm-5pm Highschool and Primary Students | 7pm-10pm Mayoral Challenge, Novices & Open | Entry by Gold Coin donation

Information for contestants: school entries are free, otherwise $5 to enter. Entry forms available via www.rotarycluboforange.org.au. Call Len Banks on 0428 459 117 for more details.


SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY

IMG_3156 FAMILY DAY MARKET AT EMMAVILLE COTTAGE

The Rotary Club of Orange’s craft and produce market, kids’ activities, local entertainment & open mic for poetry recitals. Visit the Emmaville Cottage and soak up the history.

Orange Botanic Gardens Precinct | 9am-2pm | Entry by Gold Coin

Find the Emmaville Cottage Family Markets on Facebook.

Stories of Orange, NSW

Rex D’Aquino from D’Aquino Group of Companies

With a start in a tin shed in 1946, the founder of D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd, Carmelo D’Aquino, produced six barrels of wine and started the first winemaking family in the Orange district. His grandson Rex is now the third generation to run the D’Aquino wine business – a vast commercial operation which has expanded considerably since the tin shed days and incorporates the Highland Heritage Estate vineyard as well as a distillery, wholesale and contract bottling and retail outlets throughout country NSW.

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Orange Accommodation Group

Providing you with a one-stop online portal for some of the region’s most boutique and highly-regarded accommodation across hotels, self-catering, bed & breakfast as well as caravan park and tour packages options.

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James Kendell from Small Acres Cyder

“The style of ciders we are making have been around for hundreds of years in Europe. They are true, fermented wine styles that reflect the location and season and are made to go with food. We source all our apples from within five kilometres of the cider house.”

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