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.