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 Banjo Paterson

Australian Poetry Festival

17 - 24 FEBRUARY 2019

 

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 sixth 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 Region Tourism and other community organisations in coordinating 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.

 

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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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BANJO PATERSON TRAIL MAP

 

 

Events

 

BANJO PATERSON AUSTRALIAN POETRY COMPETITION

23rd February

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

Classes:

1. Open – for any individual contestants

2. Novice Recital – for individual contestants who have not won first prize in a poetry recital competition

3. Novice Reading – for individual contestants who wish to read their poem

4. High School students – for individual contestants who are attending high school in 2019

5. Primary School students – for individual contestants who are attending primary school in 2019

Prizes:

Class 1 Open: first prize $600; second prize $300; third prize $100

Class 2 Novice Recital: first prize $400: second prize $200; third prize $50

Class 3 Novice Reading: first prize $300: second prize $150; third prize $50

Class 4 High School: first prize $200: second prize $100; third prize $50

Class 5 Primary School: first prize $200: second prize $100; third prize $50

Information for contestants: school entries are free, otherwise $5 to enter. Entry forms available via www.rotarycluboforange.org.au.

Orange Civic Theatre Byng Street, Orange | 10am – 5pm | Gold Coin

Download Entry Form Here

Entries close 5pm Wednesday 13 February 2019

Performance and judging will be on Saturday 23 February 2019 at Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange NSW. Actual performance times during the day will be advised when entries are collated.

For more details, call Len Banks on 0428 459 117

 

BREAKFAST AND POETRY ON THE PAVERS

20, 21, 22, 23 February 2019

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

South Court Orange Civic Centre | 20, 21, 22, 23 Feb | 7.30 am to 9 am | $5 entry fee

For more details, call Rob Westcott on 0428 626 571.

BANJO BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST

17th February 2019

Join us for Breakfast with “BANJO” on his birthday near where he was born. Experience a little bit of history, poetry, music and lots of fun along with a cooked breakfast under the shade of an old oak tree.

Banjo Paterson Park, Ophir Road, Orange | 17th Feb 7.30am – 10am | $5 entry fee

For more details, call the Orange Historical Society on 02 6361 1920.

 

 

 

BANJO PATERSON FESTIVAL NIGHT MARKET

22nd February

The iconic Night Market with over 30 f 2019ood 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 – 8pm | Gold Coin entry

For more details call, Justin Byrne on 0402 498 419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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   BANJO PATERSON FESTIVAL DINNER - MOLONG

23rd February

Join us for a night of poetry, our region's finest food and wine along with dancing on Molong's Village Green.

Enjoy a complimentary wine on arrival, three course dinner prepared by Eugowra Eat Your Greens with music and renowned good times provided by the talented Cecelia Rochelli & Trouble With Johnny Band.

Local wine, beer and cider will be available for purchase. If you love regional food and wine, this festival event will be perfect for you.

Molong Village Green, Bank St, Molong l 23 Feb

6.30pm - 11pm l Tickets $119.45 incl. booking fee

For more details call Molong Advancement Group on

02 6366 8593 or book online at

www.orange360.com.au/Events/Banjo-Paterson-Australian-Poetry-Festival

  

 

 

BANJO BIRTHDAY POETS BRUNCH

17th February

Free entertainment, poetry and bush music along with an opportunity to visit the Banjo Paterson... more than a Poet Museum. Enjoy the outstanding collection of history and memorabilia. Stay for lunch and relax in the shade of the trees.

Banjo Paterson Museum, 43 Forbes Street, Yeoval | 10am - 3pm | Entry $3pp

 

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EMMAVILLE FAMILY MARKET DAY

24th February

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 | 24th Feb 9am – 2pm | Entry by Gold Coin

For more details, call John Fisher on 0490 263 015 or visit www.rotarycluboforange.org.au

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For more information on Banjo:

 

Banjo Paterson Drive

Banjo Paterson Park

Banjo Paterson...More than a Poet Exhibition - Yeoval 

Emmaville Cottage

 
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