Festival of the forest (Winter festival)

Saturday 24 August, 1-7pm

A bright spot of warmth near the end of a cold winter, the Festival of the Forest event will celebrate the beauty of seasonal change with music, performances, activities and food, including rituals from the diverse cultural communities of Canberra. Activities may include fireside stories and a community lantern making.

Place plan theme: Cultural Program
'To provide a diverse range of things to do within the park.'

Saturday 24 August, 1-7pm

Park area between Northbourne Avenue and Torrens Street

Haig Park has a reputation for being dark, cold and unsafe; this is intensified over winter. There are few authentic winter time events on the Canberra calendar. The Park lends itself to community events that would foster improved perception and use of the Park, but few occur.

A winter themed event that challenges preconceptions and embraces wintertime could lay new foundations for evolving perceptions of Haig Park and piloting a concept for a new annual event.

Favourable outcomes

Strong attendance and participation from a diverse audience. Positive feedback from attendees who are encouraged to visit the Park more as a result of the event. 

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This experiment will be updated as more details become available.

Upcoming ‘Festival of the forest (Winter festival)’ events

Festival of the forest (Winter festival) / Festival of the Forest
Saturday, 24 August 2019, 13:00 PM till Saturday, 24 August 2019, 19:00 PM.
Festival of the Forest - Haig Park between Lonsdale and Mort Streets
On the cusp of winter becoming spring, we invite you to this unique event celebrating our ‘forest’ in the city. Featuring a diverse program from afternoon to evening, Haig Park will come to life with live music, performances, storytelling, activities, food and drink, and more.

‘Festival of the forest (Winter festival)’ news

Festival of the forest (Winter festival) / Festival of the Forest update
Monday, 26 August 2019 .
Festival of the Forest was an incredible success and saw over 6,000 people enjoy the event over its six-hour period. We were delighted by the intergenerational and multicultural diversity of event goers who came to enjoy the program of local musicians, performers and businesses.

Festival of the forest (Winter festival) / Winter festival update
Sunday, 21 July 2019 .
Critically acclaimed Canberra producer and director Chenoeh Miller has been engaged as a sub-curator to develop the program for this experiment.