“This year’s Fatherhood Festival is about questioning our values and accepting that we don’t have all the answers. That is a great starting point. The quality and depth of presenters, speakers and artists at this year’s festival indicates how far we have come in the past four years,” says Colin George, the director of the Fatherhood Festival, and proud parent of 5 kids.  

And indeed the four days of workshops, talks, game show, music, films, activities and events lined up that make up the 5th annual Fatherhood Festival prove his point.

Commencing on Thursday September 4th with the Testosterone Factor Game Show, organised by the UNCLE Project especially for the Fatherhood Festival, and concluding on Father’s Day — Sunday September 7th with an all-star free concert with Jeff Lang, pictured with Ali and Alice, Tex Perkins and James Cruikshank, Da Karpo and Cody Butler, the festival is an intently inclusive gathering designed for fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunties, grandparents and all friends of children. 

With one of the world’s leading family psychologists, Steve Biddulph, delivering his special brand of insight and experience to audiences in Byron on Friday September 5th and in Lismore Friday September 6th, organisers say this is a don’t-miss talk for all who live and work with children.

The annual fund-raising concert features Australian Idol ’06 winner Damien Leith in intimate acoustic mode, with support by Mick McHugh, Leigh Carriage, Kurtis, and Ross Nobel on Saturday September 6th.

This early evening concert is preceded by six free and varied Parenting Workshops run by skilled professionals from around Australia.

The final day is a free day of family fun on Sunday September 7th, at the Bangalow Showground, where there’s nonstop action and activities for the whole family. 

Events begin at 10am with kids’ musical performances, a great Treasure Hunt for the kids, the Orb Lounge cinema, the on-site creation of the world’s biggest Father’s Day card, a slew of rides for kids of all ages, the Build Your Own Toolbox with Dad workshop, and an Indigenous culture workshop for kids with Dhinawan Baker.

The winners of the Bangalow Father of the Year and raffle grand prize Family holiday will be named, there will be sports activities for kids and their parents, a huge array of stalls with parenting resources, plus the winner of the Thanks Dad Photo competition with Steve Biddulph.

Visit the website for tickets and further details. 

Tickets can be purchased on-line, or at the Mullumbimby Bookshop, Barebones Artspace in Bangalow, and all Southern Cross Credit Unions.