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Newport Folk Festival 2013

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Come hear the music (and join in)
Want to enjoy a festival with a great variety of music plus loads of other entertainment? Then the Newport Folk Festival is for you. All of the events are literally within a few minutes walk (if not next door) to each other and conveniently located close to Newport Station. It's not too hard to park in the area either.

While the focus is on folk music there is a "brass and dance" theme and performances by individuals, bands and choirs of everything from ska, country, classical, jazz, blues, gypsy and celtic music and more. There's also singing, dancing, workshops, lessons and exhibitions.


For those who want to join in you can play with the Newport Bush Band (all instruments and their players welcome), there is also The Bus Brass Experience (try a brass instrument), or you can join in the workshops in Blues Mandolin, Gypsy Swing, Swing Dancing, Irish Dancing, Jamaican rhythms, tapdancing and guitar lessons.

Join in

A smorgasboard of extra activities are available to engage everyone in the family. There's an art exhibition, a talk by Vincent Burke of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, storytelling, and a youth film festival. Not to mention Trugo (a local sport, described as a cross between AFL and croquet), sourdough bread making, drawing lessons, a craft workshop and a display of vintage cars.


There are lots of activities for the kids, storytelling, music and dance and on the Sunday of the festival at the Substation there is the Fairies & Friends Wonderland DayClub.


There is also a shopping experience with the Substation Artists Market on the Sunday from 10.00am 3.00pm.


All events at Paine Reserve, Newport RSL and Newport Library are free and there is no entry charge at the Substation Artists Market. You can become a volunteer at the Festival and attend events for free.

Festival wristbands for the weekend (covering all Festival events except the Ska Vendors concert) are $25 / $15 concession, Single-day wristbands $15/$10. You can also buy single event tickets at the door of the particular venue for $7/$5. Children under 5 years of age are free at all events except Fairies & Friends Wonderland

Wristbands will be available at: the Newport Bowls Club, Scout Hall, Senior Citizens Centre and there are Pre-sales at the Club Night on 28 June. Single event tickets can be purchased at the door of the venue.

The Ska Vendors concert supported by The ReChords is on Saturday night at the Substation and costs $20. Book online or pay at the door (cash only at the door).


Getting There

Newport is in the Western suburbs right next to Williamstown (about a 20 minute drive from the city).

By train you can take the Williamstown or Werribee line to Newport.

By bus: 471 (Williamstown - Sunshine), 472 (Williamstown - Moonee Ponds);432 (Newport - Paisley) and get off at the Newport Interchange in Mason Street.

Images courtesy of the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.
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Why? A fine feast of music, dance and song
When: 5-7 July, 2013
Phone: 9399 4466
Where: Newport
Cost: Ranges from free up to $25
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