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Artistic Director, National Folk Festival

Do you have a passion for folk culture - music, dance, spoken word and interactive workshops?

Are you an experienced curator of Folk Festivals or Folk events?

The National Folk Festival is looking for a new Artistic Director to develop and implement an innovative and exciting Artistic vision.

About the National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival celebrates folk culture in all its diverse forms from high-end entertainment to the expression of folk-life through grassroots and participatory activities. Its multi-disciplinary program offers music, dance, spoken word, street theatre, and a range of family and children focussed activities.

The National Folk Festival is Australia’s home and heart of folk  and prospers with the enthusiastic support and contribution of volunteers, performers and the wider folk community.

About the role

The Artistic Director (AD), in consultation with the Managing Director (MD) is responsible for developing an artistic vision for the Festival. The AD is also responsible for developing and overseeing a Festival program that embraces innovation while maintaining the Festival’s core values.

The AD undertakes the selection, engagement and booking of the artists for the Festival.

The AD has a key role in the Festival Team. While members of the Team have their own discrete duties, the Team works collegially to plan and deliver the Festival with the invaluable assistance of other Festival personnel, contractors and volunteers.

The AD is responsible for the development of a high quality artistic program showcasing the diversity of the folk arts with a strong cultural identity, a considered balance between: traditional, contemporary folk material; culturally diverse and Indigenous material; interactive/participative and non-participative activities; and, Australian and overseas performers, that could include music, song, film, children, youth, dance, spoken word, folk life, emerging artists and other program material.

The AD will have a broad understanding of the nature of the NFF community and what makes it unique, will be a passionate advocate for the folk arts in all their diverse forms and, have a strong commitment to working with the wider folk and like-minded communities to bring folk to the widest possible audience.

It is a requirement of the position that the AD be available to work the annual Easter long weekend and associated period of set up and pack up pre and post Festival.


This is a part-time position based in Canberra, ACT.

Application process:

Please submit your covering letter which addresses the selection criteria together with your CV to

For further details about this exciting position contact the Managing Director, Helen Roben 0428 519383.

Applications close: Friday 18 September 2020