Activities in which people can participate and / or learn are an important part of the National Folk Festival’s Program. Select this category if you are wanting to present an activity in which people can participate eg. Leading a Festival Ensemble such as Choir, Fiddle Rally etc, run a teaching session or lead a participatory session (singing, instrumental or mixed).
The following information is provided to assist you in completing the online Application. Please READ ALL information carefully before starting your application.
YOUR ACT NAME: When entering your Act Name please ensure this is NOT a description of what you are offering eg. “Irish Session” is a description, “Paddy Mack” is an Act Name. If you don’t have an Act Name just use your own. You will then be asked to give your Act Type. Please select one of the categories. If nothing applies to your Act, select ‘Other’ and then give a one or two word description in the box provided. Under Genre tell us what best describes your act e.g. Americana; Celtic; World; blues & roots; eclectic etc. etc.
Festival Ensembles: These include such things as Festival Choir, Bush Orchestra, Percussion Experience etc. The Festival is always interested in hearing about new and exciting ways of getting people involved depending on the space available for rehearsal time.
Programmed Sessions: Sessions, be they tunes, songs or a mix of both are synonymous with the National. Mostly these just pop up amongst friends and can happen at any time of the day or night. The National’s programmed sessions are a way of making sessions more accessible to all our patrons.These sessions will form part of the Festival’s programmed activites and can be aimed at beginners through to more experienced musicians.
Expectations: It is expected that all applicants will be experienced in their genre, will apply in no more than groups of up to four participants (depending on the activity) and be capable of leading tunes or songs in their genre and of being inclusive of all comers. Sessions can be of 1-2 hours duration and may be programmed over multiple days to give the widest exposure. Festival ensembles usually rehearse for 1 hour per day and have a final performance included in the program.
Program Category: When asked to select your program category/categories (you can select more than one) tick Participation/Session. If you are also offering other program elements i.e. General Program, a KidzFest show or activity etc. you should also tick the relevant box and then ensure you give a description in the next part of the application.
WHAT ARE YOU OFFERING: This will all now be listed in the one place so ensure you include everything, especially if you tick any of the other program categories. Please DO NOT give lengthy descriptions. Keep each entry to one line only. With so many applications we don’t have time to plough through 100s and 100s or words. See the examples below. If we want more information we will ask for it if your application is successful.
Community Organisations and Participatory Activities: Community groups wishing to present participatory activities be they music, dance or other are welcome to apply. Community groups should limit themselves to no more than 10-12 instructors.
ARTIST NAMES: Please include ALL performer names in your act when completing your application. It is NOT acceptable to just give a number of performers. Doing this may severely jeopardise your application. The festival realises that in some cases you may need to make name changes closer to the event as circumstances deem necessary. This can be done only with the prior approval of the Festival Director. Any names not included in the application will not be eligible for the Earlybird 1 ticket offer if unsuccessful.
ACCOMMODATION: The NFF expects performers to make use of the on site camping facilities available in the dedicated performer camping area. If you do not wish to camp you may choose to organise your own accommodation at your cost.
PAYMENT: As a general rule the Festival does not offer payment to community groups and / or session providers. You are however, welcome to discuss this with the Festival Director. Any quoted fee for other services should cover the entire festival and be realistic, moderate and reasonable. DO NOT include GST when quoting a fee. Please keep in mind that the National Folk Festival is a not-for-profit, community based arts organisation run by volunteers and a small staff.