The Festival of a Thousand Stories celebrates the history of storytelling in Bourke, as well as the town’s identity in Australian literature, folklore and poetry. In 2017, the festival commemorates it’s fifth year with a strong line-up of performances and events across the region.
Born out of the popular Poet’s Trek, the Festival of a Thousand Stories looks to the storytelling of the Ngemba people and the tales later forged by European explorers, squatters, and workers.
This year the popular regional festival boasts events like the Mini Music Festival and Poet’s Breakfast. An Outback Show at the Bourke Exhibition Centre promises to reflect on the area’s stockman history, while an Indigenous-led Tour, Come Walk with Us, will provide visitors with the unique opportunity to hear Aboriginal storytelling on country.
Local poets, writers, and musicians are also showcased in the festival program. Author Alexandria Nagy will launch her Bourke based novel The ‘Could Be’ Ring and the One-Eyed Film Festival will present the best of local stories on screen.
For those interested in the festival’s origin event, the Poet’s Trek returns this year to take participants along the footsteps of poet Henry Lawson, with a trek to Hungerford via Comeroo for a campfire session.
The Festival of a Thousand Stories will take place from 1-4 September 2017.
Click here for a festival itinerary.