Archdeacon Father Peter Mcleod – Miller

Attendance: 2013 – current We are blessed in Albury to have such an outspoken yet sincere local priest. Father Peter has been in attendance of the Solstice since its inception, and opens every year with a prayer. We always feel Father Peter brings if not an air of holiness to our Solstice, at least just […]

Yirrmal Marika

Photo Credit: @ManifeastoPhotography A Yolngu singer songwriter from Arnhem land, Yirrmal Marika is grandson to former Yothu Yindi lead singer, Dr M Yunupingu. Yirrmal is passionate about keeping his language and traditions alive in his community, and shares his culture through song with a broader Australian audience. He believes firmly in his role to help […]

The Scots School Pipe Band

Photo Credit: @ManifeastoPhotography Attendance: 2015 – 2021 The Scots Pipe Band helps to signal the opening of the Winter Solstice every year. We are grateful to the Scots school for their ongoing participation, to the performances of the Scots Dance troupe in 2015 and 2017.

Dr. Guinever Threlkeld

Credit Photo: Manifesto Photography Dr. Guinever Threlkeld is head of campus at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga. She also teaches in the Social Work program, and her field of research specialises in social policy and delivery of social care in rural and regional communities.Guin recited Les Murray’s poem Panic Attack from The Biplane Houses.

Murray Conservatorium Vocal Consort

Credit Photo: Manifesto Photography The Murray Conservatorium is a collective of strong local voices from all around the Albury-Wodonga region. The group regularly performs carols for Christmas, and we were delighted to hear their repertoire at the Winter Solstice 2016.

Stan Grant

Credit Photo: Manifesto Photography A proud Wiradjuri man, Walkley award-winner Stan Grant is one of Australia’s most respected and awarded journalists. With over than 30 years experience in radio and television news and current affairs, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network and CNN. In 2015, Stan Grant delivered a powerful speech […]

Professor Ian Hickie (AM)

Photo Credit: @ManifeastoPhotography Professor Ian Hickie is the co-director of health and policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, and an inaugural Commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention. Formerly the CEO of beyondblue, […]