Auslan Choir

Karen Kyriakou along with Deaf choir leader Trudy Fraser will lead an all-inclusive session of signed song, delving into the expressive world of Auslan (Australian Sign Language). No previous signing experience is necessary and these sessions will suit both the skilled and the curious.

Bush Traditions Settler Music Sessions

These sessions feature the music of Australia's setters and their descendants, presented in an informal and approachable manner, led by active players and collectors interested in passing on Australia's musical heritage. Bring an instrument and play along or just sit and listen.

Dorsal Finns, The

Dusting snow off their shoulders from a recent visit to Sweden, this trio of fiddle/nyckelharpa/cello plays traditional Scandinavian dance music fit for trolls and Nordic gods.

Dru Yoga Australia

Discover why Dru Yoga is so effective as a tool for great wellbeing. Start your Folk Festival mornings in tune with Dru’s fun, activating and soothing movement work. Then stretch and energise through uplifting yoga poses and sequences that will increase your health and enthusiasm. Top it off with a rejuvenating relaxation that will set you up for the greatest day in a perfect world.

Drummers Not Plumbers

Drummers not Plumbers is about participatory music making using colour coded stamping tubes and whacking big thongaphones. This year it shrinks down to a pop-up percussion jam for all ages, mixing hand percussion with the stamping tubes, improvising over bass riffs.

Easter Sunday Church Service

Easter Sunday is a very important date in the Christian calendar. Join us for music, poetry, Bible readings, worship, prayers and singing. Children are especially welcome.

Festival Bush Orchestra

Musicians will travel from all over Australia, and from across the Tasman, to be a part of the experience of the Bush Orchestra. With Dave Johnson swinging the baton, you'll work through magical arrangements of collected Australian bush tunes to culminate in a concert performance. Sight reading skills, or a quick ear, and your instrument are all you need to bring.

Festival Choir

Moya Simpson is a Canberra-based singer and choir leader who runs workshops for singers and non-singers alike, creating a a joyous and safe environment for group singing. Her special passion is the songs and singing styles of Eastern Europe, but she also has a massive repertoire from all corners of the globe. Humour and energy are her trademarks. ..

Festivals Forum

How do you get a festival gig? Join organisers of festivals large and small in a discussion on how to apply for festivals, what organisers are looking for and an opportunity to ask questions. Facilitated by National Folk Festival Director Pam Merrigan.

Fiona Ross

Fiona Ross is an esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland. She brings knowledge, passion and commitment to her performance. Her honest, evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcase the richness, depth and diversity of the Scots song tradition. She has toured and recorded with world renowned guitarists Tony McManus and Ken Nicol – but is equally at home singing in the traditional unaccompanied style.

John John Festival

John John Festival is fast becoming the most popular Irish/Celtic three-piece fiddle/vocals, guitar/vocals, and bodhran & tajibourine-light (original tambourine) band in Japan. With rhythm, melody and emotion in a genuine groove they have a mutual ease and a 'music makes the audience and players both happy' mind set. They played Celtic Colours (Canada 2016) and Woodford Folk Festival (Australia 2017–2018).

NFF Percussion Experience

Release your inner drummer! Come and join dynamic percussionist and teacher Peter Vadiveloo for four fun workshop rehearsals to create a magical percussion piece for this year's Finale concert. All ages and all abilities are welcome. Bring a drum or shaker etc if you have one. If you haven't got one, don't worry, we'll find one for you. Just come and have fun!

Quaker Meeting for Worship

A Quaker Meeting for Worship is an hour for personal reflection, quiet and contemplation. Sometimes someone spaeks to share a wisdom that has come to them, or ask a question.

Roger Holmes and His Beautiful Assistants

Roger and His Beautiful Assistants have been running the communal hymn singing session on Easter Sunday at the National since 1994, providing an opportunity for people of any or no faith to sing freely, with friends, without any fear of adverse comment.

Saplings Sessions Bush Music Club

A daily session just for young musicians (about 8 to 16 yrs). Bring your own instrument and come and have some fun learning Australian songs and tunes or join in with percussion (some provided). Expert tutors from the Bush Music Club will be there to help you no matter what level you play at. Music will be available, or play by ear. There will also be an opportunity to play what you have learned on stage!

Session Experience

The Session Experience provides a welcoming environment particularly targeted to those of all ages just beginning to play their instrument with others.

So You Think You Can Sing

Imagine being the star singer in your own band!! So you think you can Sing brings together 8 fantastic musicians to form a backing band like no other. Throw in the words for some of the most popular blues, rock, folk and traditional songs and get up on stage and boogie. Live karaoke at it's best - all we need is you...

Songs From the Australian Tradition

Songs from the Australian Tradition is an open invitation to come along each day and sing great Australian songs. This celebration of songs from the Australian tradition continues the legacy of the late Dennis O'Keeffe – singer/songwriter, folk historian and longtime mate of the NFF.

Ukulele Republic of Canberra

The Ukulele Republic of Canberra is Canberra’s largest and longest-lived community music ukulele group. They meet three times a month and have an active performing group that has led the Ukulele Muster at the National Folk Festival for the past four years. They have more than a hundred active members and over the last decade have entertained audiences all over Australia, celebrating the beautiful little uke and its magic.

Zumba ® World Dance Fitness

What a way to start your day! Zumba World Dance is a great way to keep your body fit. Join Rosie for a morning workout guaranteed to get you moving. Wear light clothing and gym or dance shoes.