Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and is celebrated globally with diverse spiritual, cultural, and seasonal practices.
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Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Northey Street City Farm on December 20th from 6.30pm. Join us as we celebrate the Solstice, our new Friday Night Organic Market as well as our our 25th birthday!
This is a FREE event, but you can register for a free ticket so that you get a reminder to come on the night!
You can purchase tickets to this great raffle at the:
Winter Solstice Festival
Saturday the 23rd of June
Pre-sale entry tickets are on sale now and are cheaper than door tickets.
You can purchase entry tickets here:
Winter Solstice Tickets
Plus Fitness Windsor 12 month gym membership valued at $960
Living Patterns Permaculture, a permaculture design business, is offering a 20% discount on a Garden Design.
• Northey Street City Farm $60 Workshop Gift Voucher
Northey Street Organic Farmers Market Stall Holders
Ilo Organics and Happy Flames Prize
• Ilo Organics: An essential oil gift pack valued at $200
• Happy Flame: Hand Crafted Bees wax Tea Light Candles
As a sustainable living festival, we encourage all attendees to each do their bit to reduce our environmental impact while celebrating the gift of life the Earth provides us. This year we’re aiming to reduce our collective environmental impact by working towards a zero-waste festival.
All food stalls will be using either washable crockery and cutlery or biodegradable/compostable single-use items. So please help our Waste Management Team volunteers by returning your dirty dishes and cups to the washing up station at the Chai Cafe. We also welcome you to BYO if you wish to use your own plate, cutlery, mug, etc. There will be a place provided for you to wash them up.
Also, to minimise plastic waste, there will be no bottled water sold. Single use plastic bottled water is a massive waste of embedded energy and not necessary with a bit of forethought. Please BYO a re-usable water bottle or cup. We will have water refill stations around the site where you can top up all day. We appreciate your support in caring for our Planet.
Caloundra Music Festival are claiming they will be the first Australian event to make the move to zero-waste later this year. However, we know Renew Fest recently achieved it and now we will too. Let’s show the bigger festivals that it’s possible to party and be responsible citizens of Earth at the same time.
Check out our full program including our 11 sustainable living workshops.
We have a jam-packed program of Nature-based Arts and fun activities in their own Kid’s Kingdom for the kids. The day starts with a chance to make some music with Beats Bus Productions Upcycled Drumming. Then there is a slower pace as the kids get their hands dirty while they Garden with Krystelle, where they will plant their own seed to take home. Circus Connections will then be leading the kids in some fun circus skills and play.
Throughout the day, Rachel from Nature Arts will be hosting a quiet space for the kids to paint with mud, play with clay and work with bits from nature to express their inner world. Then in the afternoon, the kids can make and decorate their own lantern for the Lantern Parade. Beeswax tea light candles will be available for sale for $1, generously supplied by Happy Flame Candles. Be sure to check out their stall at the Festival.
Another addition this year is our free creche service in the kid’s area for children aged 3-11. Your kids will be cared for and engaged in activities while you attend the adult workshops. Sign them in for up to 2 hours. (Conditions apply for the safety and comfort of your child.) Disclaimer: We will absolutely be held accountable for the flowers painted on their faces, dirt under their nails and the smiles on their faces when you return. 😊
All day Nature Art with Rachel French
12.00 Upcycled Drumming. Beats Bus Productions
2.00 Gardening for kids. Krystelle Ellaby
3.00 Circus Skills & Play. Circus Connect
4.00 Lantern Making. Rachel French
Check out our full festival program.
This year we’re introducing a youth space, full of activities and workshops specifically for teens and young adults. Have a go at bushcrafts, drumming, circus skills or slam poetry and find your hidden talents.
Andy Currey from Sun and Stars Bushcraft will be hosting the space and will be available all afternoon to share his bushcraft skills with those wanting to learn how to make your own rope or carve your own tools. He will have all the gear and has loads of experience working with teens on bush survival courses.
At midday the youth program will kick off with a bang (literally!), with Talkin’ the Drum running an African Drumming Workshop. Elliott will be bringing 30 Djembes so don’t let not owning a drum stop you from joining in on this session. This guy is a master drummer and a great teacher. You will be keeping and creating the beat in no time.
For a bit of fun and play in the afternoon, we have Circus Connection running a circus skills workshop. Got some skills already? Come and have a play and get some tips from a professional, seasoned performer. Keen to learn something new? Suzi knows her stuff and can help you master seemingly difficult tricks. All toys will be supplied.
We have also teamed up with Ruckus Brisbane to bring you a 2 hour Slam Poetry Workshop and U/21’s Open Mic Slam. What’s a slam you ask? It’s an open mic competition where you get three minutes on the mic. You can do a poem, rap, story, song lyrics, as long as it’s original, it’s all gravy. So you can either rock up at 5pm just to sign up for open mic or you can come at 2pm for workshop, where you will learn how to write slam poems and be a bad-ass on stage.
No registration is needed for any of the workshops or the Open Mic Slam. Just rock up. However, places are limited to space and time, so turn up early to secure your spot. Check out more info on the Ruckus Facebook event page here.
Hosted by Sun and Stars Bushcraft (Andy Currey)
12.00 African drumming. Talkin’the drum (Elliott Orr)
2.00 Slam Poetry workshop (2hr). Ruckus Slam
4.00 Circus Skills & play. Circus Connect
5.00 – 6.30 Under 21’s Slam Poetry Open Mic
hosted by Ruckus Slam in the Open Mic Tent
Check out our full program.
At the Farm, our vision is for all to Live Sustainably. As we are a farm, many people think this only entails the gardening and land care aspects of sustainability. However, Permaculture considers the broader aspects of living on this earth and with each other. When designing this year’s education program for adults at our Winter Solstice Festival, we decided to explore the three Permaculture ethics. Hence, our program for this year will run across three tents: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Throughout the afternoon, each tent will be hosting 4 hours worth of talks and workshops relevant to the Permaculture ethic the tent is named after.
In our Earth Care tent, we will be starting with a talk on Keeping Native Bees hosted by our own Mel Marx. Then you will be in for a treat with local gardening celebrity of ABC fame, Jerry Coleby-Williams, doing a talk on Growing in the Subtropics, followed by a full hour of Q&A. So bring in all those gardening questions you want answers too and hopefully Jerry can help you out with some ideas. The final talk in this tent, actually links Earth Care and People Care, as one of our more experienced and popular gardening educators, Adrian Holbeck teams up with Dr Sarah Lantz to talk on the link between soil health and gut health and the importance of both. Sarah may even have time to give a basic demonstration on how to make your own fermented foods with the leftover vegies in your fridge, before they reach the “toss them in the compost” stage.
People Care is important in Permaculture, because how can we live sustainably if we have poor relationships with ourselves and each other. This tent will host talks on a range of topics that will help us to develop our connection to self and others. Sustainable Relating by Tony Rowe and Anne Miller will offer tips on connecting and communicating our needs and vulnerabilities with each other. Then Andy Roy from Powerhouse Programs will explore the importance of Rites of Passage for Teens and how to support our teenage boys across this challenging transition into adulthood. Bill Lee-Emery from Evolve Australia will then be sharing strategies for using our multiple innate intelligences of our Head, Heart and Gut and how when they collaborate, we tend to make better decisions more aligned with our values. At the end of the day, Brisbane Independent School Principal Jen Haynes will be presenting a talk on how to develop a healthy relationship with your child that will support them on their path to becoming independent, confident learners at school.
The Fair Share principle is about taking what we need and redistributing what we don’t and sharing resources to minimise our impact. Developing a sustainable economy is all about fair share. This tent’s talks will be about ensuring that the decisions made around commerce and community governance are sustainable. The presenters will be exploring concepts of sustainable accountability in business and governance, through a talk by Nick and Thomas from the Accountability Institute in Victoria and in Erin Young’s Sociocracy workshop. There will also be a talk by Lara and Andrew from The Tiny House Company sharing what they’ve learned in developing houses with a smaller footprint. And another by UQ PhD student, Jason Hilder, who will be discussing the idea of Co-housing, and options for living in community that reduce our footprint on the Earth and save money and people’s sanity. I’m sure these talks will stimulate much conversation and solution focused thinking.
The only hard thing about the Winter Solstice Sustainable Living program is going to be deciding which talk to attend in each time slot. So come and celebrate Nature’s Abundance and enjoy our abundant education program.
Between the education program, our great live music acts featuring Mr Darren Percival and Wild Marmalade, dancing around the bonfire to the African drum beats of Spankinhide, and our kids and teens activitiy programs and workshops, we are going to have a packed house. Don’t miss out!
We’re excited to reveal the wonderful program we have in store for you at this year’s Winter Solstice Festival on 17 June from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm.
Our Sustainable Living education program has a smorgasbord of presenters with talks and workshops happening in three tents right through the afternoon. Our three tents will cover a broad range of topics under the three ethics of Permaculture: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Learn about Tiny Housing and Co-housing, get some tips on how to create sustainable relationships, and hear from local gardening guru Jerry Coleby-Williams, who will be sharing his knowledge of growing in the subtropics with us for a full 2 hours, including a Q & A so you can get your questions answered.
For the kids, we have a jam-packed program of Earth Arts, drumming and circus play and this year we also have a full program of activities specifically for teens and young adults, from carving your own tool to expressing yourself in a Slam Poetry workshop. Another addition this year is our creche service in the kid’s area for children aged 3-11, where your kids will be cared for and engaged in activities while you attend your talks. Everyone loves a good parade, so dress up in something bright and come to the kid’s lantern making workshop ready for the parade (or BYO if you’ve been creative at home).
Our main stage will be hosting our Welcome to Country and ceremonies, along with live music all day. Things will ramp up as the education program draws to a close around dusk, when the stage will light up with the energy and smile of the enigmatic Mr Darren Percival. Audiences have been falling in love with this guy for years at Woodford Folk Festival and on The Voice in 2012. He will be sharing his vocal magic with us and inspiring us to find our voice and sing along. Do not miss this guy, he is awesome!
At sunset we will take time to come together for the Solstice ceremony, with local drumming group Spankinhide leading the way for our lantern parade to the lighting of our bonfire. Nothing says Winter Solstice quite like dancing around a fire to the beat of the drums in celebration of the season. Get ready to sweat!
For those who want to stay and dance the night away, we will have Wild Marmalade gracing our stage for some funky beats to fill your soul and get your feet groovin’. If you have not seen these guys perform, you are in for a blessing, with their unique combo of didge, drums and guitar. Having performed all over the world, including at Woodford and Splendour in the Grass in Oz, we are pumped that we get to host them here at Northey Street City Farm.
There really will be something for everybody at this great local event. So don’t miss out. Due to site constraints, we will have limited tickets, so jump on over to Eventbrite and book your ticket now. We look forward to seeing you here on the 17th June for an abundant day of education and celebration.