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National Folk Festival

Thursday, 28 March - Monday, 1 April

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Nestled within the heart of Australia’s capital, the National Folk Festival unfolds its vibrant tapestry of cultural celebration at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) from March 28th to April 1st, 2024. As the autumn leaves gently fall, the festival comes alive with the harmonious strains of diverse traditions, weaving together a rich mosaic of folk music, dance, and arts.

Exhibition Park in Canberra transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours and sounds, welcoming artists and enthusiasts from every corner of the country and beyond. The air is filled with the intoxicating blend of melodies from traditional and contemporary genres, creating a symphony that transcends boundaries and connects souls.

Wander through the festival grounds, and you’ll encounter a lively marketplace where artisans showcase their craftsmanship, offering a treasure trove of handmade wares, from intricately woven textiles to hand-carved instruments. The aroma of delectable global cuisines wafts through the air, inviting you to indulge in a culinary journey that mirrors the diversity of the performances on stage.

Under the sprawling festival tents and against the backdrop of EPIC’s picturesque landscape, artists hailing from various cultural backgrounds take centre stage, sharing their stories through music, dance, and storytelling. Feel the pulse of indigenous rhythms, tap your feet to the beats of world music, and immerse yourself in the soul-stirring ballads that echo the tales of generations past.

Families gather on the green lawns, children’s laughter intermingling with the melodies, as the festival offers a vibrant program of workshops and activities for all ages. From dance lessons and instrument crafting to storytelling circles, the National Folk Festival becomes a nurturing space for the preservation and continuation of cultural heritage.

As the sun sets, the festival grounds are illuminated by the warm glow of fairy lights, creating an enchanting atmosphere for evening performances that continue to captivate the audience. The communal spirit of the National Folk Festival fosters connections, fostering a sense of unity among attendees who share in the joy of celebrating diversity and tradition.

The National Folk Festival at EPIC is more than an event; it’s a living testament to the power of music and culture to bring people together. Join the rhythmic heartbeat of this cultural extravaganza as it unfolds its pages of tradition, creativity, and shared humanity beneath the southern skies of Canberra.


Thursday, 28 March
Monday, 1 April
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Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue
Mitchell, ACT 2911 Australia
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