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Welcome to the 2022 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

12th to 20th February 2022

Join the community of Orange, NSW and its surrounding villages in a week of bush poetry events for their annual Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in February 2022. This will be a special festival as the Rotary Club of Orange is partnering with the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) to host the National Bush Poetry Performance Championship competition in association with the Festival.

Banjo Paterson was born in Orange on 17 February 1864 and what more fitting way to celebrate than to gather the best bush poets from across Australia in competition, entertainment and storytelling.

Put the dates in your diary and book accommodation early, as Orange has become a sought-after getaway destination. It offers great scenery, food and wine experiences, historic villages and lovely parks and gardens.

The program is constantly being updated, as the year goes on more events will be added.


12 Feb 2022

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Boree Nyrang Historic Homestead Afternoon Tea

The Molong District Historical Society invites you to join them for afternoon tea at Boree Cabonne Homestead, the home of Banjo's grandparents. Join them for entertainment and history at Boree Nyrang.
12 Feb 2022

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Poetry Brawl

The Molong Advancement Group, Molong Players and Freemasons Hotel present the Poetry Brawl. Judged by National Champion Bush Poet Robyn Sykes. Entrants must perform a one-minute original poem/lyric/limerick. This poem can be recited, sung or rapped.
12 Feb 2022

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Rosebank Guesthouse Afternoon Entertainment

Hosted in the beautiful gardens of Rosebank Guest House, enjoy local performers bringing to life iconic Australian bush ballads. Live music, poetry, food and drink available. Limited seating so please bring a chair or rug to sit on.
12 Feb 2022

Book Launch - A B Paterson by Clement Semmler 1963 (2022 reprint)

This book was the first of several by Clement Semmler about A B “Banjo” Paterson. It is an informative digest of the great author’s life and is a solid basis for getting the most out of reading later publications about his life and works.
13 Feb 2022

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

Relax in the shade of the trees for real country hospitality. Free entertainment, open mic, poetry and bush music along with an opportunity to visit the Banjo Paterson, more than a Poet Museum.
14 - 15 Feb 2022

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

Organised and run by the Rotary Club of Orange, a BBQ breakfast and entertainment from local youth and walk-up poets. Drop in on your way to work or after your morning walk. No bookings needed.
14 - 16 Feb 2022

Poetry performances and workshops in schools

Professional bush poets (Jack Drake, Bill Kearns, Marion Fitzgerald) entertaining and inspiring local school students with creative verse and performance. Book your school class in for a free performance at your school.
15 Feb 2022

Lunch at the Ironbark Hotel

Stuart Town was originally named Ironbark – of “The Man from Ironbark” fame. Enjoy lunch and poetry at the historic Ironbark Hotel. Catch the XPT train from Orange at 12 noon and return to Orange at 4 pm.
16 Feb 2022

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

Barbecue breakfast and yarn telling competition. Enjoy the good old campfire storytelling tradition with tall tales of Australian life. A great way to start the day. Register at the event to participate and judging will be by audience popularity. There’s a trophy for the winner.


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