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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

16/Jan/2020

16 Jan 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, spaghetti and cheese boards available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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 - 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.

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