The National Folk Festival
There's more to Canberra than politics
…that’s where the National Folk Festival is celebrated every Easter, when the city is frocked up in its golden autumn best. Australia’s festival flagship, the ‘National’, draws together people from all around Australia and the world. They come to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture.
For five days Exhibition Park in Canberra dresses up and becomes a magic place, filled with colour and sound. Hundreds of the world’s best musicians perform daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two fabulous venues. Every day is packed with workshops and sessions, where you can join in the dancing, singing and playing and become part of the celebration. It’s all there for you; once you’ve bought your ticket and come through the magic time portal you won’t need to leave.
We have two sit-down wine bar restaurants, three bars and thirty take-away food stalls where you can sample the delights of world cuisine. All tastes and requirements are catered for.
Children to Entertain?
Children have their own Festival venue every day where quality performers and arts workers introduce them to the fun of the Festival - you can leave the computer games at home!
Teenagers Who Think “Folk” is Old-Hat?
Wrong! Every year more and more young people are being drawn to ‘the Folkie’, as performers, audience and volunteers. This is a Festival that is fun for every age.
Need a Shot of Retail Therapy?
For that very special something, you can browse amongst our fifty-five craft stalls. You’re bound to find something wonderful, be it a singing drum, a sparkling bracelet, outrageous boots or a fairy frock. For the day-to-day we have an on-site supermarket, or you can pop onto a CBD bus right at the gates.
An Urge to Dance?
Yes, Cinderella, you can come to the Colonial and Scottish balls – or you can join in sessions of tango, belly dance, clogging, bush dances, ceilis, jitterbug, old-time, step-dancing – and the late-night Dance Parties. Or you can settle back and enjoy an impressive program of colourful and captivating dance displays from around the world.
Want to Talk About It?
Come to the Poets’ Breakfast, the World Poetry Debate or any of the events on the Spoken Word Program – we’re always ready for a yarn.
Bitten by the Travel Bug?
We can’t put you on a ‘plane but if you get yourself to Canberra we can bring you some of the world’s songs, music and