Festival Participation

Create! Be a festival mate! Participate!

We welcome anyone who wants to be a part of this fantastic festival!

Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival is made up of many people spruiking their talents to an appreciative audience whilst others put in many hours behind-the-scenes. It is the people that make the Festival great, one that sticks in the minds of attendees long after the show is over. If you would like to help make the next Festival great, see where you can participate…


It is with the time and assistance of volunteers that makes the Festival run smoothly. If you would like to assist leading up to and/or during the Festival, please contact the committee for more details. Volunteers are inducted thoroughly to be able to best help festival attendees and to do so in a safe manner.

Got great ideas? Join our committee!
Expressions of interest are sought for the 2019 John O’Brien Festival Organising Committee. Volunteers are needed to become members of the planning committee of Narrandera’s flagship festival.

The John O’Brien Festival is one of the longest running festivals in NSW. The organising committee is always on the lookout for great ideas and enthusiastic new members.

Areas volunteers can participate in range from event planning and marketing to general brainstorming. People who are able to work as a team, contribute ideas to the festival, help deliver outcomes and take a hands-on approach are needed. The ability to have fun and enjoy the festival organising process is a must for volunteers!

To join the 2019 John O’Brien Festival committee please contact us.


Performer applications have closed for the 2019 John O’Brien Bush Festival.

You want to be a stallholder you say?

Stallholders are welcome to apply to set up stalls in the main street on the Saturday. We are interested in food, arts, craft, wine, kid’s stuff, pet supplies, books, music, cooking, clothes, gifts, flowers, pre-loved goods, garden supplies, jewellery…just about anything really! Whatever you have to sell, we can find you a spot!

Proof of public liability insurance is required.

Stallholder fee: $25 (non-food vendors) $50 (food vendors)

Simply download, fill out and return the  PDF form: 2019 JOB Stallholder application form

Or apply online.

Perform Poetry

Show us your poetry recital (and perhaps composing!) skills by participating in either the John O’Brien Poetry Competition  or the Bush Poetry Competition – or maybe even both! Follow the links for more information on these competitions, and to download the application forms.

If you are an amateur bush poet and would like to perform in one of the walk-up events, please see the official event assistant at the venue on the day to secure your place.

Enter The Open Writing Competition

Flex your typing fingers and get your creative juices flowing. The Open Writing Competition is back for another year!

The theme for 2019 is “Singing out for rain”, and as always there are two sections – short story or poem, with a prize offered for first place in each. Entrants may submit up to three different entries, so why not enter both sections?

A $10 fee applies per entry. Submissions close: 29 January 2019.
Find out more.

Show off your musical talents in the Busking Competition

A staple favourite of the John O’Brien Festival, the busking competition will be held down the Marie Bashir Park on Saturday 16th of March during, starting at 10am.

Download Busking Competition Entry Form