Expressions of interest for the 2020 Festival are NOW OPEN

Please read the following important information. You can access the link to the application form at the bottom of this page.

The Exhibition

One of the most visited areas on site at the National Folk Festival every Easter is the Instrument Makers Hall. A special place, it brings together some of Australia’s master artisans to exhibit their exquisite handcrafted musical instruments and, to share their skills and knowledge with performers, patrons and their peers. This is a unique opportunity to see and, for prospective buyers, to play some beautiful handcrafted instruments, and meet the people who make them in an intimate setting.

Instrument Makers Concert

A feature of the Festival’s artistic program is the Instrument Makers Concert where a selection of these handcrafted instruments can be heard in a concert setting, played by some of the Festival’s top performers. An enchanting experience and one that leaves both musicians and non-musicians alike entranced by both the quality and sound of these beautiful instruments.

Apply to Exhibit

Instrument Makers who wish to exhibit at the 2020 National Folk Festival are invited to complete an online application form via the link at the bottom of this page. Due to space limitations, we may be unable to accept all applicants, but makers who don’t get a spot this year will certainly be considered for future years. If your application is successful, you will also need to supply a copy of your current Public Liability Insurance and a Register of Dangerous and Hazardous Materials. All fees must be paid 1 February 2020.

Instrument Makers Fees

Instrument Makers will pay a fee of $231. This includes a contribution towards the costs of their site space, power and security, one Adult Season ticket, a 1.8 metre plastic trestle table, two chairs and partitions for signage.

Additional tables and chairs will be charged at $35 per table and $7 per chair.

Charges for Instrument Makers – Staff/Family

Instrument Makers will receive one Adult Season Pass (Included in fee). Instrument Makers wishing to camp will have an additional camping fee added as per the table below. Family and staff ticket categories have been aligned with general ticket categories.

Instrument Maker 2020 Charges
  Fee Fee + Camping
Instrument Maker $231 $304


Staff/family tickets 2020 Charges
  Season Season + Camping
Adult (18+) $245 $330
Youth (13-17) $110 $149
Child (7-12) $37 $50
Child -7 (0-6) Free Free


Vehicle Passes

$35 (per vehicle in camping area if camping). This pass is only to allow access to the campground for those who are purchasing a Season + Camping ticket.

Vehicle access restrictions apply within the Entertainment Zone. Instrument Makers will be issued with a temporary vehicle pass for set up and pack down. Access times for bump in will be advised closer to the Festival.

There is plenty of free parking outside the Entertainment Zone near the Well Station Rd entrance if you are not camping.

Payment of Fees /Family Tickets

Fees for accepted Instrument Makers and any requested discounted tickets must be paid by 1 February 2020.

Location at the Festival

The Instrument Makers Hall is located in the Quokka Pavilion. Exhibition hours are 9am to 5pm Friday to Sunday and 9 am to 3 pm Monday over the Easter weekend. Instrument Makers are expected to be in attendance during these hours. The Pavilion is securely locked outside these hours so you do not need to move stock or equipment.

Program Advertising

Every Instrument Maker will have a free entry (brief biography) in the printed program.

If you would like to have a separate advertisement in the program please contact us for further information, prices and specs.

Contact:  02 6262 4792