January 15-18 2015

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Graeme Murray from Wongawilli Read more Graeme Murray from Wongawilli
Over 150 international, national and local artists Read more Over 150 international, national and local artists
Rapskallion Read more Rapskallion
The Beatmeisters Read more The Beatmeisters
Fiddle Frenzy Read more Fiddle Frenzy
Dancers at Global Green Read more Dancers at Global Green
La Petite Grande - Funkier Than Alice Read more La Petite Grande - Funkier Than Alice
Grandstand Bar Session Read more Grandstand Bar Session
Stall action Read more Stall action
Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada) Read more Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada)
Dancers at Global Green Read more Dancers at Global Green
John John Festival session Read more John John Festival session
King and Queen of Green on Music Train Read more King and Queen of Green on Music Train
Ruido Read more Ruido
The Underscore Orkestra Read more The Underscore Orkestra
Kids Venue - The Shed Read more Kids Venue - The Shed
London Klezmer Quartet Read more London Klezmer Quartet
Festival Parade Read more Festival Parade
Taiko no-wa Read more Taiko no-wa
Oh Pep! Read more Oh Pep!
The Timbers Read more The Timbers
Musician heads Read more Musician heads

Community Partners Wanted!

Come to our Info Session!
Who: Any charities or non-profit organisation interested in becoming an IFF Community Partner

Volunteer Applications Open!

Volunteer applications for the Illawarra Folk Festival are now open, so get those filled in quick and don't miss out!  APPLY HERE!  With Folk By The Sea done and dusted, the preparations for the 2015 IFF are starting to kick into high gear, with big plans for our 30th anniversary starting to take shape... watch this space!

Song and Tune Comp!

As part of our 30th Pearl Anniversary celebrations, the good people at APRA/AMCOS are proudly supporting the Illawarra Folk Festival in running a song and tune competition - "It's a Pearler!"

Australian composers of all ages will be able to submit new compositions with a pearl reference, connection, theme or title. How you include the pearl theme is entirely up to you, as long as it's obvious enough for the judges to recognise it!

Friend Of The Folky!

Friend Of The Folky - Darren Hull

Darren was thrown head first into the folk festival experience last year as the new manager of the Bulli Greyhound Club and Showground. He was such a pleasure to work with for all involved and we look forward to working with him again for many years to come! Here's a mini interview with our Friend of the Folky, Darren smiley

Folk Exhibition - We Need Your Story!

Warren Wheeler is curating a local music exhibition (Steel City Music) at the Wollongong City Gallery, launching in late November 2014 and running for 3 months.  As part of the exhibition, he wants to highlight various musical 'scenes' within Wollongong by using display cabinets to show memorabilia.  So we have been an allocated an area for the folk music scene including the Illawarra Folk Club, Illawarra Folk Festival, Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club, local folk music and dance acts.



Illawarra Folk Festival 2014

The annual Illawarra Folk Festival is four exciting summer days of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance.

Established in 1985, the festival has long attracted international and national performers, who have helped establish it firmly on the national music festival calendar.

Each January around 9500 people flock to the festival site at Bulli Showground in the spectacular northern Illawarra Escarpment to enjoy more than 150 acts performing at 350 events over the four days, making it the largest folk festival in NSW.

The award-winning festival is organised by the Illawarra Folk Club and run entirely by volunteers. Apart from the superb music, the festival site offers a colourful array of international food stalls, festival bar and craft stalls, as well as on-site camping.

There is also two-day folk music school, and special folk music trains that feature live music for festival patrons on the journey from Sydney to Bulli.

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