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Multilingual Poetry Slam
Mar
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Multilingual Poetry Slam

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Love language? Listen up!

12 poets perform in their native language and share a 3 minute window into:
Who they are? 
Where they're going? 
What they believe in?

Listen as Multilingual writers perform poetry, share stories, croon lyrics, or monologue ideas about identity, culture and community…in their own language!

Whether you’re a proud performer or cheering crowd, join the diverse conversation.

This unique multilingual literary event is a proud part of the Living in Harmony Festival.

Hosted by the inimitable Sunil Badami, with exciting feature guests including 2016 Multilingual Poetry Slam Champion, Bhupen Thakker

Translations provided. Sign up to perform via the ticketing link.

Supported by City of Sydney and Arts NSW.

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The Revival: Women and the Word | Film Screening
Feb
24
to Feb 27

The Revival: Women and the Word | Film Screening

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Word Travels is proud to partner with Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival to present The Revival: Women and the Word. 

Screenings:
Feb 24 @ Casula Powerhouse, 7:30pm
Feb 27 @ Event Cinemas, George St, 6:45pm

A group of five queer women of colour poets and musicians make a documentary while on a Kickstarter-funded tour of bars and living rooms in the US and Canada. We see them riding in their tour bus, visiting friends and estranged family members, meeting supporters, performing live and coming face-to-face with a chilling threat of racial violence. More importantly, we hear them. They have a lot to talk about, on and off stage, and in fact everything they say is well worth a listen.

The film features the incredible talents of Jade Foster, Be Steadwell, Jonquille Rice, T'ai Freedom Ford, and Eli Turner. Their journey is interspersed with interviews with leading black feminist authors, academics and historians, including Nikki Finney, CC Carter, Dr Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Alexis Deveaux, speaking about subjects that at times parallel the work – and the personal lives – of the five performers.

It's a fascinating look at resistance, empowerment, community, connection and creativity. Unique, uplifting and inspiring, The Revival: Women and the Word was directed by queer filmmaker Sekiya Dorsett and co-produced by Andrea Boston and Jade Foster (co-founder of ‘The Revival', the salon-styled poetry tour). Don't miss it. 

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Festival guest: Be Steadwell, and introduced by Candy Royalle

Festival Bar: Performance in festival bar after the film

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Masterclass with Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye: The Spoken Word Crash Course at the Sydney Writers' Festival
May
21
10:00am10:00am

Masterclass with Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye: The Spoken Word Crash Course at the Sydney Writers' Festival

Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay

Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay

This masterclass takes participants on an intimate and hands-on tour of spoken word poetry, providing the tools you will need to begin writing and performing your own work. Tackling terrifying questions like ‘What can I write about?’ and ‘How do I perform well?’, this crash course with spoken word stars Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye gives you the opportunity to whet your palate and dip your toes into the pool of spoken word poetry.

Capacity: 25

With thanks to NYU Sydney.

This masterclass is wheelchair accessible.

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Forest for the Trees: Writers and Publishing in 2016
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Forest for the Trees: Writers and Publishing in 2016

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Presented with the NSW Writers’ Centre. 

Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar looking at the current state of publishing in Australia. It brings together writers, publishers and industry representatives to discuss prospects for authors in 2016.

Spoken word poet and author Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil) and crime writer Candice Fox (Hades) talk about the challenges of maintaining a career as a writer. Publishers discuss the opportunities for international sales and authors debate the value of independent publishing platforms.

The conversation will cover mainstream, digital and independent publishing and end with a panel of industry experts who will shine some light on the year ahead. Forest for the Trees gives an industry perspective on the outlook for the writing world in 2016.


My Path Through the Forest
(10:00 - 10:45am)
A writer's life entails much more than just getting words on the page. Maxine Beneba Clarke is a slam poet, journalist and the author of the short story collection Foreign Soil. Her memoir, The Hate Race, will be published this year. She takes us through what she has learned so far and her plans for 2016.

Making Tracks
(10:45 - 11:30am)
Maxine Beneba Clarke talks to award-winning crime author Candice Fox (Hades, Eden, Fall) about her experience of getting published, successfully writing crime in Australia, and being asked to co-author a novel with the world’s biggest selling author, James Patterson.

Trailblazing
(11:45 - 12:45pm)
Four authors talk about the different platforms they have used to reach their readers. Sarah Gates (Love Elimination) had 9.5 million views of her first novel on online reading platform Wattpad, Rosie Waterland (The Anti-Cool Girl) hooked a book deal after blogging about The Bachelor, Graham Wilson (Old Balmain House) published two series with ebook distributor Smashwords, and Ber Carroll (Once Lost) has been published internationally by a mainstream publisher as well as successfully self-publishing.


Going Further Afield
(12:45 - 1:45pm)
Which Australian works sell internationally and where? How do you get your work sold overseas? What are the opportunities and hurdles? Random House rights manager Nerrilee Weir explores the options with Ira Silverberg, senior editor at Simon & Schuster New York, Katharina Ebinger, editor-in-cheif at German publishing house Gabriel and Thienemann Verlag and Garth Nix, internationally bestselling Australian author.


If a Tree Falls
(2:30 - 3:30pm)
There are many ways beyond the printed or digital word for authors to connect with readers. Our panelists talk audio and how authors can take advantage of this medium: in person, on radio, via podcasts or through audiobooks. David Hunt, author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia and

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Sonnet Slam
Apr
23
2:30pm 2:30pm

Sonnet Slam

Philip Wilcox

Philip Wilcox

Judged by members of the audience, one will be crowned - The 2016 Bard of Sydney. 

Hear performing writers howl at the ghosts of the Elizabethan era with their own original iambic pentameter.  Long before the constraints of 140 characters, there were 14 lines in a b a b  /  c d c d  / e f e f /  g g. Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th birthday with freshly brewed sonnets performed live in a poetry slam.

Hosted by Australian Poetry Slam Champion - Phil Wilcox. 

Featuring Shakespeare’s great x 10 grandson Lewis-Alan Trathen* 

 *not actually related to William Shakespeare

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Multilingual Poetry Slam
Mar
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Multilingual Poetry Slam

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • 7:00pm 10:30pm
  • Sydney Dance Lounge The Wharf Pier 4/5, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
  • Got Something To Say? Speak Up!

    Who are you? Where do you come from? What do you believe in? Perform poetry, share stories, croon lyrics, or monologue your ideas about identity, culture and community…in your own language!

    Whether you’re a proud performer or cheering crowd, join the diverse conversation.

    This unique multilingual literary event celebrates World Poetry Day.

    Supported by Arts NSW

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Writing For Live and Online Audiences - Wordshop
Feb
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Writing For Live and Online Audiences - Wordshop

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • 6:00pm 9:00pm

International Performing Writers' Centre Level 2, 79-1/2 George Street The Rocks, NSW, 2000 Australia

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work for live and online audiences when they’re going through the difficult writing process. Knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential in terms of marketing, professional development and for building your confidence in live and online arenas.

Writing For Live and Online Audiences: This Wordshop uses one of the primary characteristics of poetry – say more with less – to assist participants to perform their writing more effectively and to present their work on various social media and web platforms. 

Spend the evening with two professional Word Travels' spoken-word artists who will guide you in:

  • Creating new texts for professional presentations

  • Delivering your writing to live and online audiences

  • Giving an engaging presentation without powerpoint

  • Crafting a compelling performance with your own creative writing using a variety of forms

  • Maximising social media platforms to promote yourself as a Creative Professional, including content strategy, analytics and building your online audience.

  • Finding and personalising logos, images and your professional identity.

  • Building an inexpensive and dynamic website.

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Glebe Street Fair
Nov
16
3:00am 3:00am

Glebe Street Fair

  • Glebe Point Road Glebe, NSW, 2037 Australia (map)
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Word Travels will be showcasing some of the best  performing writers that Sydney has to offer. These wordsmiths will give you jitters with their explosive energy and dynamic lyrical punches, only to have you sighing a deep 'awwwwww' with their moving displays of vulnerability. 

Catch Gloria Demillo, Hani Abdile, Lewis-Alan Trathen and Chris Fung all on the same stage at 12:30 PM or you can check out their individual sets throughout the day. 

Gloria Demillo: 11.30PM

Gloria is a poet, a student, and a bad cacti owner. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Sociology and Anthropology and Creative Writing. 
Gloria was a NSW finalist for Australian Poetry Slam 2014, and in the same year, her short story won highly-commended fiction for the University of New South Wales literary journal, ‘UNSWeentend’, and her poetry was published in the Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology, ‘On Second Thought’. Gloria has featured at numerous poetry events throughout Sydney, and has opened for international performance poets such as Mayda del Valle and Candy Royalle. Gloria co-runs the poetry slam club at the University of New South Wales. 

Poetry showcase: 12.30PM

All the poets will hit the stage!

Hani Abdile: 2PM

Hani is a young Somali writer. She writes poetry and prose and previously wrote and published a small newspaper called CC Weekly. Her work is vibrant and her spirit strong. Hani wrote from detention where she was held for 13 months until mid 2014.

Hani is a lead member of the writing group Writing Through Fences. She now runs The Arrivalists a weekly poetry night in Newtown. She has performed for several major events and will publish her first book later this year. She is an honorary member of PEN International.

Chris Fung: 3PM

Chris holds a BA in Performance Studies and Education from Sydney University, and is working to complete a B. Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium by November. In 2014, Chris toured in Opera Australia’s national production of ‘The King and I’, understudying and performing the role of ‘The King’ to 25 audiences. Next year, Chris hopes to enrol in and complete a Masters of Teaching, with the intention of becoming a Secondary Drama and Music teacher. Chris largely writes feature articles for AussieTheatre.com, and spoken word performance pieces for his wife, who he hopes to continually distract from the reality that she could have done so much better than he. 

Lewis-Alan Trathen: 4PM

Lewis-Alan is a poet and spoken word performer from Sydney, Australia. He is currently studying English Literature at the University of New South Whales and is well aware of his employment opportunities or lack thereof thank you very much. When not buried under conspicuous amounts of university work, Lewis-Alan enjoys long walks at night, deafening concerts and forgetting people’s names. His works explore natural and industrial landscapes, culture and existentialism, the grotesque, and language itself.  His debut chapbook Dear Green Eyes was released on the 17th of June and his poetry was most recently published in Unsweetened 2015.

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Write to Speak Wordshop
Nov
15
2:00am 2:00am

Write to Speak Wordshop

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work when they’re going through the difficult writing process. But knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential, both in terms of marketing and professional development, but also for building your confidence in the public arena.

With 18 years of professional experience, the award winning founder ofAustralian Poetry Slam, Miles Merill, will use this hands-on and practical workshop to look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone, to expressing vulnerability, to editing your text for a live presentation. 

This Wordshop uses one of the primary characteristics of poetry – say more with less – to assist participants to perform their writing more effectively.

To secure your spot, head to the NSW Writers Centre

About the tutor: 
Miles Merrill writes and performs a mix of poetry, stories, lyrics and monologues. He does this internationally for festivals, private companies, cultural institutions, schools, libraries, theatre and music venues. Miles mainly performs solo but also collaborates with composers, musicians, film makers and visual artists. He publishes on CD, DVD, online and in print but is best experienced live.  Miles brought poetry slams to Australia fromChicago, set up the international Australian Poetry Slam and is Creative Director of the literary and literacy arts organisation, Word Travels. www.milesmerrill.com 

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APS National Final - Featuring Writing Through Fences Poets
Oct
12
10:30am10:30am

APS National Final - Featuring Writing Through Fences Poets

Now celebrating 11 years, Australian Poetry Slam is one of largest and most respected performing writers programs in the world. It combines stories and poems with theatre and hip-hop.  

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, one person will get the chance to perform their own words at the China Bookworm, Ubud, Byron and Sydney InternationalWriters' Festivals in 2016.  

APS National Final will feature a collaboration with Writing Through Fences, poems and stories from writers from refugee backgrounds.

The finals are the closing event of the Word Travels' Story Fest, 3-days of spoken word, poetry, stories lyrics and monologues.

Find out more about your 2015 National Finalists

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Writing Through Fences (opening for APS National Final)
Oct
12
10:00am10:00am

Writing Through Fences (opening for APS National Final)

Writing Through Fences

Word Travels Story Fest presents a collaboration with Writing Through Fences at Sydney Opera House

What if you had walk from Dubbo to Wollongong with your children then jump on a boat to save your family?

Australian Poetry Slam – National Final features three performances and a discussion with writers who have fled their countries to come to Australia. People trapped in incredible circumstances who have found the greatest liberation through their own creativity.

They have transformed their hardship into powerful stories and poems told with passion, vulnerability and raw authenticity.

From 13 months on an island called Christmas to escapes from certain death, the real life adventures of people who now call Australia “home”.

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Hani Abdile

Hani is a young Somali writer. She writes poetry and prose and previously wrote and published a small newspaper called CC Weekly. Her work is vibrant and her spirit strong. Hani wrote from detention where she was held for 13 months until mid 2014.

Hani is a lead member of the writing group Writing Through Fences. She now runs The Arrivalists a weekly poetry night in Newtown. She has performed for several major events and will publish her first book later this year. She is an honorary member of PEN International.

Kaveh

Kaveh was born in Ward 209, the political prisoner’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran to parents who were part of the Iranian Tudeh Party resistance movement who were serving a combined total of 14 years post revolution.

He was raised in Evin prison until nine months old until he was relinquished to adoptee parents, who were his aunty and her husband. He grew up thinking that his adoptee parents were his actual mother and father – and visited his biological parents in prison believing they were his aunty and uncle. Following the 1988 prison massacres, his biological parents were released.

They crossed the border with Kaveh into Turkey in late 1993 and became refugees and were stateless for one and half years in Turkey until they were accepted as refugees and migrated to Australia, arriving in April 1995.

Poetry is a huge part of Kaveh’s life. He uses his personal experiences to speak to those who may not have the insight of a firsthand witness, or to witnesses who do not have a platform to voice themselves.

Yarrie Bangura

Yarrie was born in Sierra Leone, and fled to Guinea with her family. In 2004 her family settled in Australia, where she amnow studying International Development at the Australian Catholic University.

Yarrie Bangura is a writer, performer, musician, visual artist, textile designer and public speaker. She most recently was a performer and writer in The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe which was presented at Belvoir and Riverside in 2013 and in 2015 at the Southbank Centre, London; Nottingham Playhouse, UK and Sydney Opera House. Yarrie is one half of the band Sierra Sisters who's music has been featured on several commercials and Triple J Unearthed. She has been a member of the Sierra Leone Cultural Performance Dance Group since 2006 performing at events around Sydney. Yarrie writes poetry, short stories, autobiographical work and plays. She is currently a Special Youth Representative for Australia for UNHCR.

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Room Full of Secrets
Oct
11
11:00am11:00am

Room Full of Secrets

  • International Performing Writers' Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In a hidden room in The Rocks, meet a selection of verse-spinners and story weavers. Dive into a private world where Australia’s best performing writers reveal their work, tell a personal story and offer up their awkward, harrowing, confronting and occasionally misguided adventures.

Venue and performers revealed on the night. 

This event has very limited audience numbers

Cost: $25

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Welcome Project
Oct
11
to Oct 12

Welcome Project

Facilitated by Sunil Badami and featuring the Writing Through Fences poets.

2- 3pm

The exile is the greatest patriot, said artist Jimmy Durham, whose work can be seen on the Hickson Road roundabout in nearby Walsh Bay. 

Many proud Australians are exiles: refugees and asylum seekers who, after fleeing war and persecution, found a safe home in the lucky country.

Some famous and not-so-famous Australians share their stories of survival and arrival, with opportunities for you to ask questions and share your own story too.

Sunil Badami in Conversation with Dr Munjed Al Muderis (Author of Walking Free, Surgeon and Iraqui refugee) and two performing writers from refugee backgrounds, Kaveh Arya  & Hani Abdile.

3:00 - 3:30pm

Kaveh Arya, Hani Abdile and Yarrie Bangura will perform their spoken word. Hosted by Miles Merrill - Find out about these Performing Writers here.

 

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Opening The Beatbox - Workshop
Oct
11
3:00am 3:00am

Opening The Beatbox - Workshop

  • International Performing Writers’ Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vanessa Casperz hosts a workshop that teaches performing writers to bring beat-boxing, lyricism and powerful vocalisation to their performances. Whether you are an aspiring rapper, a spoken word artist or just itching to explore the power of your voice, this is a great way to sharpen your skillz.

Featuring: Vanessa Casperz

Cost: $40/$35

Note: maximum 15 participants

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NSW Poetry Slam Final
Oct
10
11:00am11:00am

NSW Poetry Slam Final

Friday 9 October

In the biggest NSW final ever, a whopping 21 of the best and most fresh spoken-wordsmiths from across NSW rock the mic solo and acapella with poetry, stories, lyrics and monologues.

They hail from Byron, Wagga, Glebe, Kempsey and everywhere in between! The audience will choose two artists to leap into the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final.

Find out more about the NSW State Finalists here.

For details on APS National final click here.

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The Rumble: Super Slam Tour
Oct
10
3:30am 3:30am

The Rumble: Super Slam Tour

  • International Performing Writers’ Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Inspired by their Super Slam Wordshop budding slammers tour the back lanes of Sydney’s historic precinct, The Rocks. Young people perform with a selection of established wordsmiths in hidden alcoves, underpasses and secret stages.

Venue: Start at International Performing Writers’ Centre 79-1/2 George St. The Rocks.

Cost: $10

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Australian Poetry Slam Heat - Glebe
Oct
7
9:30am 9:30am

Australian Poetry Slam Heat - Glebe

COULD SOMEONE FROM GLEBE BE AUSTRALIA’S NEXT SLAM CHAMPION?

SPEAK, SCREAM, HOWL, WHISPER!

Even sing your poems, stories, lyrics, and monologues in Australian Poetry Slam 2015 – a live literary performance program where the audience is the judge!

Anyone can participate: all you need is your voice. All heat contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories.

 

Annually since 2004, about 1000 writers perform their stuff for about 20,000 people across the country; from small towns to major cities, libraries to warehouse parties, Sydney Theatre to China to Bali to Glebe and beyond.

Slam heats are currently being held in city and regional venues across Australia until the beginning of October 2015. Two writers from each NSW slam heat will perform at the NSW Final in Sydney during mid-October. Then two spoken wordsmiths from each state and territory head to the National Final at the Sydney Opera House.

If you want to be in the cheering, raucous, finger snapping, poetry-loving audience join in the fun at the Friend in Hand Hotel on October 8th. You may even get to judge as judges are chosen randomly from the live audience.

 

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Australian Poetry Slam Newcastle Regional Final
Oct
3
9:00am 9:00am

Australian Poetry Slam Newcastle Regional Final

Winners from the four previous slams within the Hunter and Central Coast regions meet for the Newcastle Regional Final. Sixteen amazing poets from Charlestown, Maitland, Gosford and Newcastle will go head to head, vying for a spot at the NSW State Final.

Hosted by Newcastle Library and National Young Writers Festival.

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APS Newcastle Regional Final - Wordshop
Oct
3
2:00am 2:00am

APS Newcastle Regional Final - Wordshop

Ever wanted to work with a performance poet to develop your technique? Are you interested in hearing additional tips and tricks to give you poetry a finishing touch? Would you like to gain additional knowledge and skills before competing in the APS heats? Then why not come along to a 'wordshop' conducted by Zohab Zee Khan (Australian Poetry Slam Champion 2014).

Zohab Zee Khan

Zohab Zee Khan is the current Australia Poetry Slam Champion, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip-hop artist. Zohab has toured Asia, the Middle East and Europe to sell-out crowds. In 2014, Zohab was a finalist in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid and was chosen to participate in an artistic residency in Dubai. 

Zohab offers a unique program combining spoken-word poetry and self-development. With the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also one to inspire change and increase productivity. Zohab has conducted his workshops throughout businesses and schools around the world. 

As an 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having grown up in rural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to gender inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.

2015 marks the release of “I Write” his first collection of poetry.

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Writers in the Park Poetry Slam - Elemental
Sep
28
6:30am 6:30am

Writers in the Park Poetry Slam - Elemental

Fire, water, wind and earth carefully crafted with your voice and poetry, Writers in the Park Poetry Slam asks you to take on the natural world. 

Set the stage ablaze in the 3 minute time limit, flood the crowd with you words in a second round, blow the judges away and win awesome prizes, and keep yourself grounded by bringing a friend up with you. Extra points for collaborations - 2 or more poets welcome on stage. Prepare at least two poems. 
 

It is emphatically the People’s Park. One of the grandest adornments of this beautiful country – Sir Henry Parkes, opening Centennial Park, 26 January 1888.

Writers in the Park Poetry Slam is a part of the inaugural 'Writers in the Park' Literary Festival. Set in the largest urban parkland, listen to the voices of Sydney alongside the beautiful native flora, fauna and wildlife found in Centennial Park. 

To book tickets, please click here!

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