Feb 14, 2020

National Folk Festival is renaming a stage and coordinating fundraising efforts in support of the fire-affected Cobargo, Nariel Creek and Numeralla Folk Festivals at this year’s event.

Following the devastating fires that tore through countless communities in Australia’s east coast this summer, many major events in these rural and regional centres were cancelled or postponed. Among these were the Cobargo Folk Festival, Nariel Creek Folk Festival and Numeralla Folk Festival. Cobargo has been postponed, Nariel Creek was evacuated during its event over New Years, and Numeralla has been cancelled.

National Folk Festival has reached out to support these folk communities at this year’s event with a host of relief and fundraising efforts. The popular Fitzroy Pavilion venue will be renamed the “Hope for Folk” Stage with 100% of proceeds from the adjoining bar going to the Cobargo, Nariel Creek and Numeralla folk communities. From 2-5pm on Saturday afternoon of the Festival, there will be a “Hope for Folk” Concert featuring a selection of performers who were originally programmed for the affected Folk Festivals. Additionally, merchandise from these communities will be on sale at the venue and volunteers will be collecting donations for Cobargo, Nariel Creek and Numeralla.

Helen Roben, Managing Director of National Folk Festival says, “as the National Festival we want to take the lead in supporting regional and grassroots festivals. We are all part of the folk family and looking out for each other in these challenging times is our priority”.

The 54th National Folk Festival will be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra from 9-13 April. The program will be officially launched on Tuesday 18 February.

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