- Brekky and Poetry in the Park (over 5 days)
- Indigenous Cultural Tours
- Night Market in Robertson Park
- Poetry Competition
- Emmaville Family Market Day
- Historical Tour, Fashion, Food and Banjo in Yeoval
- and so much more!
February 2017, Orange NSW: Celebrating one of Australia’s most iconic poets and regional Australia’s contribution to the literary and cultural heritage of the nation, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs for ten days from 16-26 February 2017 in the birthplace of Banjo in Orange, Central NSW.
The Banjo Birthday Brekky and the Festival Food & Wine Night Market on Friday 17 February officially open the event, to coincide with Banjo Paterson’s birthday. A.B ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born on the property ‘Narrambla’ in the Orange region in New South Wales on 17 February 1864, and grew up to become one of Australia’s literary legends.
“It’s fairly clear that Banjo’s country childhood had a strong influence on him, being considered the ‘bard of the bush’ for iconic poems such as ‘Waltzing Matilda’, ‘The Man From Snowy River’ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow,” explains Chairman, Justin Byrne.
The Festival comprises five signature events – the Rotary Brekky & Poetry in the Park; Banjo’s Birthday Breakfast; the renowned Banjo Paterson Night Market; the Emmaville Cottage Family Market Day featuring artisanal local craft and produce; and the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition.
For the first time, the festival is broadening its scope to embrace the richness and diversity of the Wiradjuri nation’s cultural heritage, to simultaneously acknowledge the traditions and culture of the First People of the region alongside the region’s European pioneering heritage.
Aimed at providing guests with an experience of the vibrant living culture of the Wiradjuri People of Orange, Indigenous Cultural Tours will be hosting tours with local Elders to ceremonial and sacred sites in the area. There will also be an Indigenous art and craft exhibition and a presentation on local Wiradjuri history at the Orange Regional Art Gallery.
A presentation of Cavalcade Inc. of Edwardian Ladies Fashion, Molong Players, “A conversation with Banjo” and Camp oven cooking will take place in Yeoval on Saturday 25 February. The Cavalcade Inc. of Edwardian Ladies Fashion will also showcase in North Orange Shopping Centre on Friday 24 February 1-2pm.
Banjo Paterson Cup horse race meeting featuring the $30,000 Banjo Paterson Cup will be held on Saturday 25 February. For those interested in a little fishing, we have fun for the whole family with a yabbie fishing competition or maybe, join local wine lovers as they regale us with a causal evening of poetry at Heifer Station woolshed.
The full festival program encompasses a rich tapestry of events including story-telling, theatre, poetry, historical walks, scenic and cultural tours, music, art and craft exhibitions, school education programs and family-day markets, as well as food and wine events to truly showcase the region’s abundance.
The Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival program is available to download from the festival website www.banjopatersonfestival.com.au
SIGNATURE FESTIVAL EVENTS
ROTARY BREKKY & POETRY IN THE PARK
BBQ breakfast and entertainment in Robertson Park from local schools and visiting poets. Stop by on your way to work, after your morning exercise or to meet your friends.
Thursday 16, Saturday 18, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February.
BANJO PATERSON DISPLAY AT EMMAVILLE COTTAGE
Open daily from 10am – 3pm during the Festival
BANJO PATERSON….MORE THAN A POET, MUSEUM/EXHIBITION
Open daily from 9am – 3pm during the Festival. Opposite the Big Hat in Yeoval
BREAKFAST WITH BANJO FOR BANJO’S BIRTHDAY
Early morning breakfast at the Orange Civic Centre Precinct hosted by the Orange Historical Society on Banjo’s birthday. Friday 17 February. Proudly sponsored by Orange City Council
BANJO PATERSON FESTIVAL NIGHT MARKET
The iconic Night Market in Robertson Park with 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. Friday 17 February
BANJO PATERSON AUSTRALIAN POETRY COMPETITION
Individual performances of original poetry open to students, novices and experienced poets. Great family entertainment. Saturday 18 February
FAMILY MARKET DAY AT EMMAVILLE COTTAGE
The Rotary Club of Orange’s craft and produce market, kids’ activities, local entertainment & open mic for poetry recitals held at historic Emmaville Cottage in the Orange Botanic Gardens Precinct. Sunday 19 February