People around the earth have celebrated the Winter Solstice as an astronomical event, marking the longest night of the year, since ancient times. Northey Street City Farm has been celebrating the Winter Solstice for more than 25 years with an annual festival of live music, dancing, talks and workshops for all ages, incredible food, a lantern parade and, of course, a beautiful bonfire.
The Festival invites the Brisbane community to celebrate the relationship with nature. Listen to First Nations knowledge, attend permaculture and sustainable living talks, and appreciate local music and multicultural performances. You can also be a part of a ceremony that models setting intentions for the new year.
This year’s program features Malyangapa, Barkindji woman and hip-hop artist Baarka, as the headline act. Bruce Pascoe, Mary Graham, Ross Williams and Jacob Birch also share their perspectives on food and agriculture within Indigenous knowledge systems.
There will be a host of talks around the themes of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Loads of arts activities from twirling workshops, lantern making and origami stringing are also available. Nana Magic, Tilly and Friends will take the under 8s on an unforgettable outback adventure, learning very important environmental lessons along the way.
The Solstice Ceremony, Lantern Parade and Bonfire will kick off after sunset, so kids can join in the fun. Afterwards you may enjoy a tea ceremony.
The Organic Markets will provide incredible organic food and stall holders who sell unique hand made ethical gifts and products to support sustainable lifestyles.
When: Saturday, June 18 from 1pm to 10pm
Where: Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria Street, Windsor
Cost: Various prices, up to $40. Buy tickets here.
Event Type: Market, Festival & Parties
Features: Good for Groups, Good for Families, Outdoors
Get more information from the Winter Solstice Festival website.
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