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The birthplace of the beloved Australian poet, Orange NSW and the surrounding region celebrate Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival each February to coincide with his birth date on February 17, 1864.

Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson was an Australian legend. Recognised as one of Australia’s most famous and most admired bush poets he wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including districts in New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood. He led a fascinating life and went on to become a journalist, lawyer, war correspondent and farmer, who fought in WWI.

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.

Banjo Paterson Festival Program

Poetry Competition Information

15/Feb/2020

15 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - afternoon tea at Gamboola

The Molong District Historical Society invite you to join them for afternoon tea at Gamboola, to learn about the life of John Smith. John Smith purchased Boree Nyrang on the death of Robert Barton. (Banjo’s Grandfather).

15/Feb/2020

15 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson in the Garden

Hosted in the beautiful gardens of Rosebank Guest House, enjoy local performers bringing to life iconic Australian bush ballads. Enjoy a country Barbecue complemented by local wines, beers and soft drinks available to purchase.

16/Feb/2020

16 Feb 2020

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.

16/Feb/2020

16 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Damper making classes with Small Acres Cyder

Join Small Acres Cyder and learn how to make classic Aussie damper with a cider twist. Make it, cook it, eat it, includes ingredients and cider tasting.

16/Feb/2020

16 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Poet's Brunch and Lunch

Relax in the shade of the trees for 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.

17/Feb/2020

17 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Birthday Twilight Barbecue

Join the Orange and District Historical Society to celebrate Banjo's birthday at the Banjo Paterson Park. New in 2020, join them at twilight for music, poetry, stories about Narrambla Vale and the families that lived there.

18/Feb/2020

18 Feb 2020

Limericks and Yarns

Join them for a fun night of Limericks and Yarns with Master of Ceremonies, Greg North ‘The Master of the Limerick’. Come along and catch this marvellous maestro in action, then step up and have a go yourself.

19/Feb/2020

19 Feb 2020

An Evening with Banjo - his life

As part of the Orange and District History Alive series of talks, there will be An Evening with Banjo- his life slide show at the Orange Senior Citizens Centre. Hear from author W. Benjamin Lindner discussing his book Waltzing Matilda Australia’s Accidental Anthem.

19/Feb/2020

19 Feb 2020

Poa Tree

Join them for a relaxing afternoon celebrating nature in the beautiful surrounds of Duntryleague. Established performers will invite local and visiting poets to join them in reciting works about the natural world.

19/Feb/2020

19 Feb 2020

The life and rhymes of Banjo Paterson with Greg North

Join them for an entertaining evening with Australian Champion Bush Poet, Greg North.

20/Feb/2020

20 Feb 2020

Annual Blackened Billy Award Ceremony

Entrants and award winners of the 2020 Blackened Billy Verse Competition are invited to join Carol Heuchan as she presents the iconic 29th Blackened Billy Trophy.

20/Feb/2020

20 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Brekky and Poetry on the Pavers

Organised and run by the Rotary club of Orange, a barbecue breakfast will be available each day at the Civic Centre Southcourt with entertainment from local schools and an open mic for local and visiting poets.

20/Feb/2020

20 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - The Wrath of Grapes

Join Heifer Station under the stringy bark rafters at the old woolshed for an open mic style Aussie poetry evening. Bring your poetry, pun or prose. Wine, beer and pasta available.

20/Feb/2020

20 Feb 2020

Poetry workshop with Carol Heuchan

The Why, What, How and Where – writing and performance guide tailored to suit all interests, beginner ‘closet poets’ to aspiring professionals!

21/Feb/2020

21 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry 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! Proudly supported by Harvey Norman. Gold coin donation.

21/Feb/2020

21 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Poetry Brawl

An evening of light- hearted, humorous, irreverent prose or rap. Entrants must have written a poem that they can either read or perform which should go for 60 seconds. And enjoy a cold beer or two at the same time!

21/Feb/2020

21 Feb 2020

Writers workshops

Designed for writers seeking to expand their horizons and broaden exposure of their work. Join Tom McIlveen for an opportunity to speak about competition writing, recording recitations and publishing poetry.

22/Feb/2020

22 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Poetry competition

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

22/Feb/2020

22 Feb 2020

Molong Banjo Paterson Festival Dinner

Molong's annual signature event The Molong Banjo Paterson Festival Dinner is back in 2020. Come along and celebrate a night of fine local food, wine and entertainment under the stars. This years celebration highlights the work of guest poet Carol Heuchan from the Hunter Valley.

23/Feb/2020

23 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Rotary Family Market Day

Join them for the Rotary Family Market to enjoy craft and produce market, kids’ activities, local entertainment and open microphone for poetry recitals. Please note new venue for 2020 - Civic Centre Northcourt.

23/Feb/2020

23 Feb 2020

Jam Orange - Christine Collister, Michael Fix and Andy Nelson

Collister and Fix’s combined talents, passion for music and overall love of life are a delight for any audience to witness. Their performances strike a wonderful balance between their unique arrangements of timeless melodies of popular tunes and their own unforgettable compositions.

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