ACT Minister Gordon Ramsay Launching the 2017 Festival
The 2017 National Folk Festival was officially launched last night at the National Library of Australia by ACT Minister for the Arts and Community Events Gordon Ramsay. Minister Ramsay spoke warmly of the Festival to the 80 strong crowd representing government, embassies, media, sponsors, volunteers and members of our festival community and, highlighted the Festival's importance as a cultural event for the National CapitalBoard President Gabriel Mackey announced photographer and long time member of the Sydney Bush Music Club, Bob Bolton as the 2017 recipient of the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The importance of the National’s ongoing partnership with the National Library of Australia was highlighted by NLA Director-General Anne-Marie Schwirtlich while guests were treated to some fantastic music delivered by Siobhan Owen from South Australia and Canberra duo Guyy and the Fox.
The countdown has begun and we look forward to welcoming you all to the National this Easter.
On Thursday 2 March the National Folk Festival is partnering with Ainslie+Gorman to bring a very special concert to Canberra. 

The Bold Kerryman Tour brings together the musical gifts of Seamus Begley (vocals/accordion), Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) and Matt Griffin (guitar). Experience the passion and intensity that these Irish musicians bring to the stage combined with an intimacy and warmth that will make you feel part of the performance. 
Tickets are now on sale with reserved seating so remember to book early. The concert will be held in the beautifully refurbished performance space at Ainslie Arts Centre commencing at 8:00pm with the bar open pre-concert, during the intermission and for after show drinks.
For more information and to purchase your tickets please visit the Ainslie+Gorman ticketing website.

Can't come for the whole Festival? 
 Can't decide what day to come?
A Package of Days is the perfect solution for a 'choose your own adventure' pass to the 50th National Folk Festival. You could catch 10 shows for as little as $8.25 a show and still have time to browse the markets, relax in one of our bars or spend time in community arts. Imagine, Daoiri Farrell TrioHarpeth RisingThe Aoife Scott BandFlats and Sharps19-Twenty, Dubmarine and more all in one day. You'll be spoilt for choiceA Package of Days gives you four day tickets for a little over the price of three with the flexibility to choose which days you attend. And, you can share them amongst friends or family. 
Adult Package of Days - $330 gets you 4 any-day tickets (save $96) Concessions also available. See website for details and to book.
Now filling - Don't miss out!
Our 2017 Master Classes are now starting to fill with only limited places left in some classes. Numbers will be strictly limited. Eight exciting pre-Festival Classes (Wed 12 & Thurs 13 April) are being offered- see below. Bookings are NOW OPEN until sold out.
Presenters are: Daoiri Farrell (Irish bouzouki), Blackie O'Connell (uilleann pipes / whistle), Robbie Walsh (bodhran / percussion), Rowan Rheingans (Singing), Anna Rheingans (French music traditions), Caitlin Nic Gabhann (Concertina), Ciaran O Maonaigh (Irish Fiddle), and Cathal O Currain (Banjo / Mandolin).
Classes will be held at Ainslie Arts Centre and provide a wonderful way to connect with our international artists in an up-close setting. 
For information & booking details visit our WEBSITE.
  If you have ever thought about volunteering at the National Folk Festival, 2017 is the year. Volunteer Applications for 2017 are NOW OPEN! 
Volunteer positions are filling fast with a number of teams now full. The Festival is still seeking volunteers for a number of teams including the Ticket Office, Bar Cashiers, the Gates teams, Raffle Tickets, Venue Management, Waste & Recycling and the Session Bar. If you love music, want to support folk artists and culture or, you simply want to be surrounded by great people, then please join us. In return for a minimum 20 hours of volunteering you will receive a season camping ticket, access to the Volunteer Centre, and the opportunity to become part of our Festival family. 
Volunteer positions are limited so apply early to secure your position and help us create five days in a perfect world. For more information visit the website.

2017 Line-up
To view our full list of performers to date visit the performer page on the website.  

  • Early Bird 3 Tickets - NOW OPEN
  • Volunteer Applications NOW OPEN
  • Borderland Busking Heat 1 - 19 February at Smith's Alternative
  • Borderland Busking Heat 2 - 26 February at Smith's Alternative

Join us next Easter for the 51st National Folk Festival

"Come for the Day, Come for the Weekend, Come for Life"

13-17 April 2017

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