The annual Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival is on from the 16th-26th February with a full schedule of events ahead. Banjo Paterson is best known for his poem Waltzing Matilda and what better way to celebrate his life than in the district he was born in.
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.
This will be the fourth Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in its current form since the celebration of his 150th birthday in 2014.
There will be bush poetry, school performances, professional entertainers, markets, golf, barbecues and camp oven cooking are just some of the attractions throughout the festival.
The community will also have the opportunity to polish up their poetry and musical entertainment skills.
Australian poetry is alive and well and this Festival will showcase the very best of this suitable for all age groups.
The event kicks off with breakfast in the mornings at different locations everyday from 7.30am-9.30am for only $5.
There will be a range of activities on from retro fruit preserving, farmers markets, yabbing, BBQ’s, poetry competitions, fashion, horse racing, historical tours and much more.
The iconic Night Market in Orange will be held on Friday 17th. There will be over 30 stalls creating an outdoor playground in beautiful Robertson Park for all the family. Orange’s renowned cool climate wines are matched at each stall with delicious food from local chefs, caterers and cooks. Kick back to the sounds of local music and poetry in the park! The night kicks off from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Robertson Park. Gold Coin donation for entry.