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Save the Date: Henry Lawson Festival of Arts

Thu 6 June - Sun 9 June


To commemorate his contribution to the arts, the Festival promotes and recognises aspiring Australians in their artistic endeavours in Grenfell, NSW.

Entries are received nationally for verse, short story, painting and photography, and performers travel vast distance to participate in the festival year after year.


Mark your calendars for the June long weekend and come “Up the Country” for the 2024 Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts in Grenfell from 6-10th June.

Held each year to commemorate his contribution, the Henry Lawson Festival promotes and recognises the arts in the country heartland of Central West NSW – Grenfell.

The township is now gearing up for what they believe could be the best festival yet, with the legendary street parade and authentic country street party. Visitors will enjoy market stalls, competitions, roving street entertainers, and entertainment throughout Grenfell’s iconic Main Street.

The festival will also include all the favourite elements from years gone by including VIP events, a Poetry Brawl, bike rides, Poet’s Breakfast, pub performances, the popular Car Show, and the not to be missed events – Caragabal Camp Oven Cook-Off and Iandra Castle Open Day.


Every year the festival embraces a theme from one of Henry Lawson’s iconic poems. This year is based around the piece ‘Up the Country’ which reflects Henry Lawson’s deep understanding of the Australian bush and his empathy for the people who lived and worked there.

This year’s theme ‘Up the Country’ was first published in The Bulletin magazine on 9 July 1892, under the title Borderland, and started the Bulletin Debate, a series of poems by both Lawson and Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson about the true nature of life in the Australian bush.

In “Up the Country”, Lawson recounts his trip to the barren and gloomy Australian bush and criticises “City Bushmen” such as Banjo Paterson who tended to romanticise bush life. Entries are now open for the festival’s short story and verse competitions focused on the theme and the thread within us that will always lure us home.


The Henry Lawson Festival is a major event for the town of Grenfell. The festival has been running for 66 years and is seen as one of the oldest rural festivals still operating in NSW.

Lawson was born on the Grenfell Goldfields in 1867. His legendary Australian stories and poetry were acclaimed throughout his life and have continued to be celebrated for more than a century since.

The festival is renowned for introducing Lawson’s work to generations of fans and aims to promote aspiring artistic endeavours. The event also showcases the Grenfell region’s heritage and tourist attractions bringing the community together to celebrate with entertainment for everyone.

More information…

A full festival itinerary and more information will be available as the festival organisation finalises. Competition entry forms and market stallholder applications will also be available on the website for those wanting to be part of this iconic festival. www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au


Thu 6 June
Sun 9 June
Event Category:


Grenfell, NSW 2810 Australia + Google Map


Local government area
Visual arts, Craft, Ceramics / Pottery, Photography, Textiles, Music, Theatre, Dance, Literature, Screen, Multi-Arts, Heritage
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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