There are many ways to get involved with the National Folk Festival

National Folk Fellowship

Looking for new material, original sources, fresh directions? The National Library of Australia holds the most significant folklore and related collections in the nation.
The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival and offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material held in the Library for use in their own artistic work.
Applications for the National Folk Fellowship 2021 will open on Monday 1 June 2020.
For further information and to apply visit


Each year the National Folk Festival engages over 1200 volunteers to help us deliver an amazing Festival. It’s a big job and a fun one where you can gain valuable industry experience, meet new people and learn new skills.  We are always looking for enthusiastic, friendly and motivated people to be part of the team that supports one of Australia’s key music events. This is a great way to be a part of our Festival community.
For further information visit: Volunteers


The Festival books over 200 acts each year to be a part of the artistic program and is looking for performers, dancers, poets and workshop tutors to deliver concerts, dance displays, instructional workshops and more.
Performer applications are online. Opening dates for performer applications TBA.
For all essential information for Performers visit: Perform.


The Festival attracts an average 10,000 people each day and they all want to have good food to eat and interesting wares to buy.
The Festival accepts around 30 food and drink stalls and around 80 stalls with art, craft, clothing, instruments and other curiosities. The Festival prefers to have stalls which sell handcrafted Australian goods.
Stall applications open online on TBA
For more information visit: Stalls.

 Instrument Makers

Each year some 20 Australian Instrument Makers are selected to display and sell their wares at the Festival. Because space is limited demand each year is high. The Festival only accepts makers of their own hand crafted instruments. No imported or factory made instruments are accepted.
Instrument Maker applications open online on TBA 
For more information visit: Instrument Makers