Fatherhood takes off

Organisers of the Fatherhood Festival, which is on this weekend in Bangalow, are riding high with anticipation. This event is an entertaining and practical celebration of fatherhood not just hot air...

The third annual Fatherhood Festival pays homage to fatherhood with stories, music, film, art, games, forums, workshops and more this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 1-3.

This gathering for fathers, families and friends takes place at the Bangalow Showground. There are concerts by John Butler and Pete Murray; gigs by Joel Salom, Cheynne Murphy, Scarlett Affection, Deava, Carl Hemmings,Marty Breen, Mark Heazlett, Kevin Shannahan and Spaghetti Circus; forums like the Future of Families panel; an art competition; the Fatherhood Short Film Festival; market stalls; and plenty of activities like balloon rides, tree plantings and family games... and of course, drumming.

For more info and the full program of events for this exploration of modern fatherhood visit the website at

You can make bookings online or at all Southern Cross Credit Union branches, Barebones Artspace (Bangalow) and the Urban Caf (Bangalow). Or phone 6688 4071.

The monies raised at this years festival go towards the innovative Expectant Fathers and New Dads Mentoring Programme, a regional initiative that will train up new dads in parenting skills.

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