Folk festivals are characterized by indigenous art, craft, music, and dance. They represent the exquisiteness of a region or area. Like other countries, Australia celebrates a bunch of folk festivals that have successfully grabbed the attention of travellers from every corner of the world. They are unique, beautiful, and fun-filled. We will introduce you to some of them now.
Cygnet Folk Festival
Commemorated for three days in Cygnet, a town in Huon Valley of Tasmania, the Cygnet Folk Festival is a popular folk music fiesta that has enticed people from different countries. This festival is a platform for different music genres, dance, poetry, films, kids’ entertainment, food, wine, art, and local handicrafts. The Cygnet Folk Festival runs in an eco-friendly manner and local as well as international talent shines through.
Held in January
Illawarra Folk Festival
The Illawarra Folk Festival is conducted in New South Wales by volunteers from Illawarra Folk Club. The program features a folk school, workshops, sessions, dances, the Youth Folk Traditions Awards, instrument makers, poets’ breakfasts, Mediterranean Lunch, international cuisines, and craft stalls. Passes are available online. Children under 12 years of age can enter for free.
Held in January
Cobargo Folk Festival
The Cobargo Folk Festival of New South Wales is a fiesta of music, dance, song, comedy, poetry, food, and drinks. Attendees get a wonderful opportunity to listen to and enjoy Celtic, English, Scottish, African, Indian, Spanish, and South American art forms. Musicians, both experienced and amateurs can participate in workshops and sessions for an enriching learning experience. People interested in being a part of Cobargo Folk Festival must purchase ‘Earlybird Tickets’ from the official website for monetary benefits.
Held in February
National Folk Festival
Conducted over the Easter weekend at Exhibition Park, Canberra, the National Folk Festival features more than 200 acts spanning different styles and genres such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy, and country. Also, there are stalls offering lip-smacking food. Facilities at the site include campground, ATMs, internal shuttle bus, and on-site toilet, and shower.
Held in April
Woodfort Folk Festival
Celebrated over six days and six nights in Queensland, the Woodfort Folk Festival plays host to over 2000 performers and 438 events. There are concerts, street theatres, writers’ panels, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogues, art and craft workshops, circus performances, late night cabarets, parades, and special events. With so much variety, all participants as well as visitors are bound to have a fun-packed time.
Held in December