• David Whitney and Adam Stankevicius

    David Whitney and Adam Stankevicius

  • Julie Bradley and Matt Nightingale

    Julie Bradley and Matt Nightingale

  • Lauren Harvey, Scott Sneddon and Linda Tune

    Lauren Harvey, Scott Sneddon and Linda Tune

  • Sam Barrett and Sami Cain

    Sam Barrett and Sami Cain

  • Amal Davis and Amy Whiting

    Amal Davis and Amy Whiting

  • Holly, Justine and James Martin

    Holly, Justine and James Martin

  • Lish Fejer and Maggie Bailey

    Lish Fejer and Maggie Bailey

  • Alex Sloan and Rob Thorman

    Alex Sloan and Rob Thorman

  • Robert Piani and Gabrielle Mackey

    Robert Piani and Gabrielle Mackey

  • Bev Clarke, Norm Merrigan and Graham Chalker

    Bev Clarke, Norm Merrigan and Graham Chalker

  • PJ Williams, Barb Barnett and Graham McDonald

    PJ Williams, Barb Barnett and Graham McDonald

  • Octavia Deakin,Jocelyn Vasey, Amy Whiting and Narell Majic

    Octavia Deakin,Jocelyn Vasey, Amy Whiting and Narell Majic

  • Kate Firkins and Kathleen Grant

    Kate Firkins and Kathleen Grant

50th National Folk Festival Launch

10 February 2016

The 50th National Folk Festival launched at the National Library of Australia is gearing up for a golden celebration of a festival that has survived, prospered and entertained millions over that period epitomising how little things can and do prosper when the passion is strong and you can call on an army of volunteers.
The volunteers are the lifeblood of this enormous organising feat that in 2016 will involve 22 International Artists and 180 acts from Australia with the whole shebang gathering at Exhibition Park in Canberra they’re tweeting as #5daysinaperfect world.

The first festival was held in Melbourne and was named the Port Philip District Folk Festival with police on hand just in case the folk got a bit too frisky, then from 1969-1992 it was a touring festival held in a different state or territory each year – but not Tassie for some reason – and by 1993 happily settled in Canberra and we love it.

There is a program of events to celebrate and mark the 50th with a bit of a knees up to dance to the music of the 60’s on the Monday in the ‘Trocadero’, A Founder’s Concert with none other than the indefatigable Margret Roadknight who was at the first festival coming back for this gig with Danny Spooner, Phyl Lobl and Jean Lewis to reprise a song together from that festival for the concert.

Then there’s that wonderful collection of value added stuff that makes this the best wandering event of the year with community arts, a KidzFest, circus, dance, workshops, poetry and the latest on trend jump, jive and swing opportunity with Bluetongue Bush Ceilidh “explosive infusion of rock and funk” pumping it out with high energy and some of the best dance musicians from Australia and the UK. Not forgetting that it’s good to eat drink and be merry among the events and with the likelihood of sun, sun and more sun a few ales in a shady spot could make this Easter break just perfect.

Check the website at www.folkfestival.org.au for details.