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Welcome to the 2021 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

13th to 21st February 2021

The community of Orange, NSW, is pleased to provide a small program of events to celebrate the birth and life of Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson in the Orange region. COVID-19 restrictions this year have prevented us from holding national events so we are focussing on events that can be held within COVID rules while showcasing the wonderful entertainment of Australian Bush Poetry – made famous by Banjo Paterson.

This is the eighth Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival since we celebrated Banjo’s 150th birthday in 2014, and this one will be marked by the unveiling of a magnificent 3m tall bronze sculpture of Major Andrew Barton Paterson at Yeoval, where he lived as a young boy.

Involving young people in the appreciation of Australian Bush Poetry is one of the aims of our festival and again we will be sponsoring school workshops “Immerse in Verse” with Bush Poet Greg North as well as holding a youth bush poetry competition for the young poets to recite their own original poem.

Download the 2021 Poetry Competition entry form here

Festival Program

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