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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) Patterson 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.

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).

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 - 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. Seating provided.

17/Feb/2020

17 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Birthday Twilight Barbecue

Join the Rotary Club to celebrate Banjo's birthday at the Banjo Paterson Park. New in 2020, join them at twlight for music, poetry, stories about Narrambla Vale and the families that lived there. Supper will be cooked by the Rotary club.

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! Gold coin donation.

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. 10am – 12.30pm school students; 1.30pm to 5pm Mayoral challenge, novices and open. Contestants: Entries close 7 February.

22/Feb/2020

22 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival Dinner - Molong

Come along for a night of poetry, the region’s finest food and wine and dancing on Molong's Village Green under starry skies.

23/Feb/2020

23 Feb 2020

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival - Emmaville Cottage Family Market Day

Visit the Emmaville Cottage and soak up the history. The Rotary Club of Orange presents craft and produce market, kids’ activities, local entertainment and open microphone for poetry recitals.

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