About The Festival
The National Folk Festival – Every Easter in Canberra
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From high-end entertainment to the expression of folk-life through grassroots and community activities our multifaceted National Folk Festival is the ultimate celebration of all things folk. Our Festival is designed to inspire, enliven and entertain. From traditional and contemporary grooves to the quirky and the endearing it features all the key elements that make people want to come from everywhere to be part of it.
Our vibrant Festival site is populated with themed bars, Festival food and market stalls, circus performers and roving musicians and our multi-disciplinary program is broad and innovative boasting an A-list of performers from around Australia and the world. 20 venues provide a range of concert and performance based experiences from our big stages to more intimate spaces where you can enjoy a more up-close experience with our performers.
Dance is a wonderful social activity and provides a vibrant element to our Festival program. The National offers both spectator and participatory dance activities and everyone is welcome to dance with many opportunities including workshops and classes for those with little or no previous experience to pick up enough to get started. There will be dancing!
Mind Body Spirit
Our Creative Heart
A vibrant Community Arts precinct provides a place for patrons to mingle with resident artists and have fun creating something fantabulous to wear, hang or simply to adore. If you are a creative person you will love the inclusive and accessible workshops and activities from puppet making to felting and woodcraft on offer. A chance to indulge in some arty fun or simply to chill while you paint a piece of our Festival mural.