Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and is celebrated globally with diverse spiritual, cultural and seasonal practices.
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 have been celebrating the Winter Solstice for over 25 years with an annual festival of live music, dancing, talks and workshops for all ages, incredible food, a lantern parade and of course our beautiful bonfire. Our festival invites the Brisbane community to celebrate our relationship with Nature, to listen to First Nations knowledge, attend permaculture and sustainable living talks, appreciate local music and multicultural performances, and be a part of a ceremony that models setting intentions for the new year.
We are very excited about this year's program with Malyangapa, Barkindji woman and hip-hop artist Baarka, as the head line act. Bruce Pascoe, Mary Graham, Ross Williams and Jacob Birch will 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 and loads of arts activities from Twirling Workshops, Lantern Making and Origami Stringing. Nana Magic, Tilly and Friends will take the under 8's on an unforgettable outback adventure, learning very important environmental lessons along the way. Our Solstice Ceremony, Lantern Parade and Bonfire will kick off after sunset, so the kids can join in the fun. Afterwards you may enjoy a tea ceremony.
You can find the full program on our website here: https://www.nscf.org.au/winter-solstice-2022/
The Organic Markets will provide incredible organic food and stall holders who sell unique hand made ethical gifts and products to support sustainable lifestyles.
As a not-for-profit organisation and charity, all the funds raised on the night go back into the Farm and support us to run permaculture education and events for free. We will have a raffle on the night, a food stall and a fund raising Jungle Bar so you can enjoy an evening ale with your organic meal.
The festival will be zero waste again. Feel free to bring your own water bottle and keeper cup, plate or bowl, and cutlery. All food stalls will be equipped with crockery that will be washed by our fabulous dish washing crew.
We are very appreciative to again be supported by the Brisbane City Council to bring your this incredible festival at affordable prices. Those who can not afford to attend can volunteer or contact the farm to be a recipient of a Pay-It-Forward ticket. Please consider buying a Pay-It-Forward ticket for someone who can not afford one.
The raffle this year includes:
$300 Hamper from the Northey Street Organic Farmers Market
$200 Gift Voucher from the City Farm Nursery
$100 Gift Voucher for a Sustainability Workshop at Northey Street City Farm
You can buy a raffle ticket on line or at the Festival from the Northey Street City Farm Information Stall. Raffle will be drawn at 8:45pm
Also any donation you make over $2 is tax deductible!
Jump over to our website https://www.nscf.org.au/winter-solstice-2022/ to check out the program, to be kept up to date with all the excitement as it unfolds.
Unfortunately, no pets will be allowed at the festival so please keep your furry family home.
Please consider sustainable transport options…bus, train, car pool, ride (we have bike racks), walk, or dance-walk your way here 🙂
Look forward to celebrating the Winter Solstice with you!
2022 Northey Street City Farm Events Crew