The Henry Lawson Festival is an annual event held in Grenfell, NSW on the June long weekend. Grenfell is the birthplace of Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best loved poets and writer of short stories. The Festival is one of the longest running arts events in NSW and 2019 sees it celebrate its 62nd year.
The theme for the 2019 Festival is 'Ode to Winter'. An ODE is a poem that can be sung or used as an address in an exalted style. The word ode (from Ancient Greek) is a type of lyrical stanza. It is an elaborately structured poem praising or glorifying an event or individual. WINTER is the coldest season of the year, and when the Festival is held. The name comes from an old Germanic word that means “time of water”. This theme will lead to some spectacular floats, window displays, Children's art entries, photographs, Concert performances and much more. Think winter sports: involving snow/ice -tobogganing, skiing, ice skating, hockey, winter Olympics, rugby. Or Winter clothes: coats, jumpers, scarves, jackets, hoods, warmth from local fibre wool, boots. Or Winter crops: wheat oats, barley, winter vegetables, winter food like soups, stews. Or Winter inside: warm fires, Christmas in June...
The Festival kicks off on the Thursday evening with the opening of the Art exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery, and from there, through to the Monday a wide array of exhibitions, events and entertainment will be on show for all tastes and ages. Art and photography exhibitions, short story and verse competitions, a colourful street procession, children's rides, street entertainment including busking and live music, and car show are just a few of the wonderful events taking place over the Festival weekend.
If you've never been to the Henry Lawson Festival, or if you're looking for something different to do over the 2019 June long weekend in Central West NSW, then this might just be the perfect long weekend to come to Grenfell and experience all that the town and surrounding areas have to offer. If you are a regular festival patron, then we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family again this year.
Be sure to check back here regularly as information on events and entertainment will be continually updated leading up to the Festival. General information including our location, travel and accommodation is also available, or if you have a specific enquiry please feel welcome to contact us directly.