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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 9, 2019

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Brisbane

Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Brisbane
Kerstin

Winter is coming! Or at least, the winter solstice is.

BonfireWhile those in the north will be dancing around Stonehenge to celebrate the pagan gods, the 21st of June marks the shortest day of the year for Brisbanites.

History tells us that date marked the last feast day before the onset of a hard winter season; cattle were slaughtered and wine was ripe for the drinking.

Never one to miss the opportunity for a party, Brisbane is getting in on the act.

The Northey Street City Farm is once again hosting its annual Winter Solstice Festival.

The official proceedings begin from 4.30pm and run through to 10.30pm. On the main stage, expect to see The Lamplights at 7.00pm, while the Mango Stage will host the Ladi Abundance Project at 9.15pm. For those not content to simply sit on the sidelines, the Festival’s jam circle will be kicking off at 6.00pm. Everybody is welcome to join in – bring your instruments and meet some like-minded people.

The highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the giant bonfire to be lit shortly after 10.00pm.

Food will be on sale at the Chai Cafe and the cob ovens will be fired up; bring a warm blanket and simply sit back and enjoy the evening’s entertainment. As this is a family event, alcohol and drugs are not permitted.

Entry is free, though a Gold Coin donation is requested. Visit the Winter Solstice Festival Facebook page to find out more.

DETAILS

What? Winter Solstice Festival

When? 4pm, 22nd June 2013

Where? Northey Street City Farm, Corner of Northey St & Victoria St,  Windsor

How much? Gold Coin Donation

Of course, if braving the winter chill seems a little daunting, you could always host your own Solstice get together on the 21st.

Here are just some ideas to get you started:

  1. Meet a little earlier than you usually would and watch the sun go down together. Sunset is scheduled for 17.02 on the 22nd of June.
  2. Decorate your home with candles and go back to a simpler time. You might choose to play board games, make your own music or even do some crafting something together. A clothes swap is always a fun way to clear out your closet and pick up new items to covet.
  3. Try ‘powering down’ for the evening. Ask your guests to give up their phones when they arrive and return it to them as they leave.
  4. Organise a pot luck dinner or, if you are feeling particularly house proud, cook an old fashioned roast just like Nanna did.
  5. Making your own mulled wine is also a terrific way to get everybody in the mood for a celebration. Though the process is easy, the results are sure to impress. Check out the recipe I plan on making.

Let us know, are you planning on doing anything for the Winter Solstice? Tell us your ideas!