Mar 11, 2020

The 54th National Folk Festival is set to go ahead despite community fears around coronavirus and announcements of national and international event cancellations.

Amidst today’s high-profile event cancellation of Tasmanian arts festival Dark Mofo 2020, and the postponement of major music festival Coachella overseas, the National Folk Festival has provided an update in terms of their event this Easter and COVID-19.

The National Folk Festival will be going ahead as planned this Easter from Thursday 9 April to Monday 13 April at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Currently, there is only a small number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia and zero confirmed cases in the ACT.

The Festival is working closely with ACT Health and other Government agencies to monitor the situation and ensure that the event responds to all recommended actions and guidelines. The Festival is pleased to advise that official authorities have reported that attending public events is a low risk activity as per the statement released by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. This includes the National Folk Festival.

The Festival will be implementing additional safety measures for attendees, artists and volunteers, including clear signage throughout the Festival site, hand washing and sanitisation in Festival toilets, and additional hand sanitisation stations throughout the Festival.

Festival Managing Director Helen Roben says “the Folkie remains a great option for individuals and families looking to enjoy a day out during Easter. More than ever, the National Folk Festival is an event that promotes community and creativity.”

National Folk Festival reminds everyone to remain calm and stay informed during this period.

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact Helen Roben at or 02 6262 4792.

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