The National Folk Festival will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). For the last 23 years this event has been a big part of Canberra's festival scene, attracting crowds of up to 46,000 over the five day festival. Timed over the Easter Long Weekend, this event draws visitors from around the country to enjoy the music of top folk performers from all over the world.
Last year the organisers of the event won "Best Cultural, Arts and Music Event in the ACT" at the Australian Event Awards as well as Bronze at the "Australian Tourism Awards".
The program for this five day event will be jam packed full of entertainment and fun for all ages. With live music from a range of folk backgrounds, workshops to attend, instrument making displays, dance shows, street performers, kids interactive areas, markets and food, it will be five full days of entertainment not to be missed.
There will be a huge line up of acts from across Australia and the world including Andrew Winton, an award-winning songwriter and lap-slide guitar specialist, Jacinta Price who performs a combination of folk, blues and country music, Mānran from Scotland who will be bringing their Celtic rock and The Company band, which boasts two Australian Bluegrass champions on guitar, fiddle and banjo.
The East Pointers from Canada will be coming to play their their own original tunes and Australian band The Mae Trio will be performing music from their debut album, which has gained international attention. For a full list of artists, see here.
Left to Right/Top to bottom: Andrew Winton, Jacinta Price, Mānran, The Company, The East Pointers and The Mae Trio. Source: National Folk Festival Facebook
This five day festival will be one big party as the community gets together to enjoy the music and atmosphere of this annual event. As everyone is encouraged to get up and dance, don't be surprised if you went there to watch - but end up dancing the night away with new friends you have made.
The Instrument Makers Hall is also one of the most visited areas of the festival, where you can meet the artisan's who make handcrafted musical instruments, try them out and also listen to them at the Instrument Makers Concert, played by the festival's top performers.
There is an extensive list of ticketing options for individual days, multi-days, day tickets, night tickets, camping inclusions and early bird deals. See here for ticketing info.
To keep up to date with new acts and event details, check their Facebook page before you go.
The National Folk Festival is a musical celebration for the folk music community, held in a positive and inclusive environment. With folk music becoming more popular on mainstream charts, this event is sure to bring in a new generation of fans to appreciate the music and lifestyle.
To give you a taste of this fun-filled event, see the festival highlights from 2015 below, courtesy of You Tube.