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!
Hi folks, Kate here. I’m the new co-ordinator for this year’s festival and as a long time patron of the festival I’m pretty excited about what we are creating this year! Last year the festival saw 2000 people in attendance so this year we’re chatting with Brisbane City Council about expanding beyond this number for a bigger and better festival! More talks, more workshops, more entertainment, more food and more fun! So here is the latest news and some exciting announcements!
I’m super excited to announce that OKA will be dancing us into the evening with their didge and chilled beats after the bonfire. We also have troubadour and very talented songwriter Murray Kyle singing us up to the bonfire and Winter Solstice ceremony where we celebrate the longest night of the year and the return of the light. We will have some great acts singing us through the afternoon so bring your picnic blanket or camping chairs so you can kick back and enjoy the music on the green!
This year we are planning to showcase a Zero Waste event! This is exciting and also a little challenging because we won’t be using any single use plastic disposable. So heads up – you’ll need to bring your own cup / plate / bowl / cutlery (perhaps your fave from your camping kit?) and if you forget, or you’re travelling light, there will be crockery available to hire for a gold coin contribution and we will likely also have some awesome sustainable products available for purchase if you want to buy your kit for the next festival!
It’s pretty exciting to think our footprint could be so minimised for a festival that attracts 2000 people each winter and potentially more this year! We are working with Renew Fest in Mullumbimby who has successfully run zero waste events in the past. I reckon this might be the first large festival of its kind in Brisbane. We’re so pleased to co-create it with you!
We have also partnered up with Byron Spirit Festival which runs from the 20th -22nd April 2018. It means that if you’re thinking about heading down you can use the code ‘NSCF18’ when you purchase your ticket you’ll get 10% off! 5% of your ticket cost will also go to their partner charity ‘A Sound Life’ providing yoga, singing, meditation to underprivileged people.
As well as a fabulous entertainment line up, our education program this year will see talks and workshops happening in three different tents throughout the afternoon in theme with the three ethics of Permaculture, which are: Earth Care; People Care and Fair Share. We are planning to bring you first-class educators and presenters in their fields of expertise to share their knowledge with you.
As a yogini & musician I’m looking to introduce a new space for our People Care venue, for some extra wellbeing workshops and there will be something for everyone.
Our kids program is always really popular, so we are gathering together a mix of old favourites and newcomers to inspire, educate and entertain your children. We will also build on the success of last years teens program with activities specifically targeted to their unique interests and learning styles. We always aim to provide something for everyone in the family, so you can all come along and enjoy the Winter Solstice together.
We’d love you to join the tribe on Facebook, so we can keep you up-to-date with our full program as we release it in the lead up to the Winter Solstice Festival….. jump on over here and give us the big thumbs up!
Would you like to be part of the crew that make the festival happen? The festival just wouldn’t happen without the involvement of many volunteers so we’d love you to join us in the lead up and/or set up of the festival, or on the day!
A commitment of just 3 hours of your time will earn you free entry to the event and a meal in exchange, making this great event accessible to everyone. Lets chat about what you can contribute. The possibilities are endless and include helping with marketing, putting up fencing and marquees prior to the event, stage management, security, signage, child care (blue card required), or parking attendant on the day. We need a wide range of people and skills, so get in touch and we’ll find a job perfect for you! We look forward to hearing from you and to co-creating this wonderful event for our community with you.
This year we are looking at road closures to include the other half of the farm in the festival area and it looks like the costs for traffic controllers could be significant. So we’d love to hear from any Traffic Controllers who are willing to volunteer or offer us a good ‘not for profit’ organisation discount.
I’m also looking for a personal assistant or apprentice, so if you’d like to learn how to run events I’ll show you the ropes in exchange for a few hours a week of your time. I’d love to hear from you!
You can fill in the form below and tell me a little about yourself, what experience, skills and passions you have and what role/s you feel you could be involved with (you can also let me know what you don’t have experience in but would like to help out with!)
As is our tradition at Northey Street City Farm this is a grass roots community event so we are keeping ticket prices low. This year we are offering early-bird (closing 30 April 2018)and pre-sale discounts, and tix for adults start as low as $20, and gate tix are $30. Great discounts for families and kids are available too! You can rest easy knowing that money raised will go towards covering the costs of the event and continue to fund the farm and all the great work it does for our Brisbane community.
See you on June 23rd! (How many sleeps is that!?)
With great excitement and anticipation! Kate, Georgia & the festival team! 😉
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.
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.