Party on the shortest night

Djanbung Gardens in Nimbin will celebrate the summer solstice this Sunday, December 20.

With the longest day, solstice marks the changing of the seasons; the coming of the wet season rains. (Well, the rains are not so reliable thanks to climate change, but still the solstice denotes change.)

The ancient symbol for the solstice is fire over water, which is marked each year at Djanbung Gardens (a permaculture community in Nimbin) by launching candle boats onto the water of the dam.

Late afternoon, there’ll be a Balinese meal and refreshments in the Twilight Café and entertainment begins at 6.30pm with the ethereal harps of Healing Earth. Terri Nicholson will perform songs from her debut album Fall into Feeling.

There’s the Celtic solstice ceremony at sunset.

Then it’s time to party!

There’s the Latin grooves of Tropicoso; mesmerising contact juggling (?!), the enchanting sounds of Robyn Francis, and a multi-media performance by Pagan Love Cult.

This gig is an annual fundraiser for Erda Institute Inc, a non-profit environmental and permaculture organisation. Entry is $10/7.

For more info phone 6689 1755.

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