Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival 16-25 February 2018
THE 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 Festival in the district in which he was born.
Welcome to the fifth 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 Orange Regional Tourism 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.
The 2018 Program will be available in November 2017
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.
MORNINGS THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL
ROTARY BREKKY AND POETRY IN THE PARK
16th, 22-24th Feb
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
17 FEBRUARY – BANJO’S BIRTHDAY
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.
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
Individual performances of original poetry open to students, novices and experienced poets. Beaut family entertainment. Great prize money. Run by Rotary Club of Orange.
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.
CONCERT AT YEOVAL FEATURING ANNE KIRKPATRICK
Yeoval Memorial Hall 17 Feb | 7-10
Call Alf Cantrell 0427 208 913
POETS BRUNCH AND LUNCHDAY AT YEOVAL
Banjo Paterson Museum Yeoval 9-4pm Entry $3pp
Call Alf Cantrell 0427 208 913
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.
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