Two Fires Festival – Braidwood

It’s not too late to visit the Two Fires Festival in Braidwood.

You may have missed out on the Friday night and Saturday (30th March) events but there is plenty of time to enjoy todays activities and next weekend (6th and 7th April 2019).

What’s happening today (31st March)

The Art of Healing Country”, is a free exhibition of fine artworks celebrating the Natural World at the Braidwood Regional Arts Group Gallery, 45 Wallace Street, Braidwood. Open both weekends from 10am – 3pm.

The new Aboriginal History Exhibition open at Braidwood Museum, 186 Wallace Street, Braidwood. Open Friday to Sunday 11am – 2pm.

Local performing artist Jane Ahlquist will share chosen words from Judith Wright throughout the Program.

Next weekend (6th and 7th March 2019)

Saturday 6th April

ALL DAY Stalls and activities in Ryrie Park South.

8am – 12.30pm BRAIDWOOD FARMERS MARKET Authentic, local food produced by passionate and creative people to support ethical and sustainable regional prosperity, National Theatre, Wallace Street.

9 – 10am FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY and WELCOME to COUNTRY. Walbunga Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison and Family, Budawang Elder Noel Butler, Ngaran Ngaran and Djaadjawan Dancers. Dhurga Rock area, Ryrie Park.

10.15 – 11am JUDITH WRIGHT ADDRESS: “What can you trust them to
Humphrey McQueen, Canberra based historian, writer and activist. St Bede’s Hall.

11.15 am- 12.30pm TREATY PANEL. Speakers: Pastor Ossie Cruise, with Tom Calma and/or Pat Dodson (TBC), speaking with Dr Roderic Pitty about movement towards a Treaty now and the relevance of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee involving Judith Wright. St Bede’s Hall.

12.30pm – 1pm LUNCH BREAK. Native and local food in Ryrie Park, including demonstrations of traditional cooking of seafood.

1.15 – 2.15pm “RECOGNISING THE SECRET SACRED THROUGH DIFFERENCE” Reflective workshop using story to re-picture our childhood landscape and its Indigenous story, with Phillippa Cordwell (UWS) St Bede’s Hall.

2.30 – 5.20pm FOOD HEALTH and HEALING LAND – Emerging Wisdom in Landcare. Key Festival session with David Marsh, Martin Royds, “The Millpost Story” (film) with David Watson, Fran Bodkin, Noel Butler, John Newton, Wynlen House Micro- Urban Farm, Noel Webster. St Bede’s Hall.

5.30 – 6.50pm PROTECTING THE PLACES WE LOVE – activism past present and future. MC Harry Laing, with past and present members of Friends of the Mongarlowe River, and students from Braidwood Central School. St Bede’s Hall.

Note: Local cellist Chris Watkins will play between sessions in St Bede’s Hall, and refreshments will be available there all day.

7 – 7.45pm DINNER – local venues, special menus . Book with venue.

8pm – late FIRED-UP POETRY AND SONG at Smokey Horse, Wallace Street north. Special performances from Nausicaa (Brisbane), Charlie McMahon, and more to be announced soon.

Sunday 7th April


8.00am – 1pm LOCAL FARM TOURS with Upper Shoalhaven Landcare. Bookings required, numbers limited to 25 (bus capacity)
Visits to Mountain Pepper (Budawang), Hazelwood Farm (Tudor Valley Road), then LUNCH at the Old Cheese Factory, Reidsdale. Bus leaves Ryrie Park (near Dhurga Rock) 8am, and leaves the Old Cheese Factory at 1pm, back in Braidwood by 1.20pm.


9 -10 am FILMS“At Edge” and “The Quarry” (TBC), National Theatre, Wallace Street10 – 10.20 am Book Launch “A Long Way from No Go, a memoir”, Tjanara Goreng, Goreng.

10.20 – 11.00 am Yarning Sesssion with US MOB Writing Group readings from Canberra group of Indigenous writers and poets: : Paul Collis, Chella Goldwin, Michelle Bedford, Joyce Graham, Samia Goudie, Tjanara Goreng-Goreng, Marissa McDowell, Samantha Faulkner.

11.00am – 1pm FILM: “Women of the Sun” Episodes 1 and 4 Each Episode is about one hour in duration.


1.20pm – 1.50pm The Wayfarers performance with Judy Clingan.

1.50 – 2.50pm SONGLINES: Tracking the Seven Sisters, feature presentation with Margo Neale, Curator of the extraordinary 2017-18 exhibition at the National Australian Museum.

2.50 – 3.15pm MISSION SONGS PROJECT, participatory performance from the Canberra Uke Group.

3.30pm CLOSING CEREMONY Dhurga Rock, Ryrie Park.

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