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Over 150 international, national and local artists Read more Over 150 international, national and local artists
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Oh Pep! Read more Oh Pep!
La Petite Grande - Funkier Than Alice Read more La Petite Grande - Funkier Than Alice
Festival Parade Read more Festival Parade
Grandstand Bar Session Read more Grandstand Bar Session
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Stall action Read more Stall action
Fiddle Frenzy Read more Fiddle Frenzy
The Beatmeisters Read more The Beatmeisters
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
London Klezmer Quartet Read more London Klezmer Quartet
Kids Venue - The Shed Read more Kids Venue - The Shed
Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada) Read more Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada)
Musician heads Read more Musician heads
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Taiko no-wa Read more Taiko no-wa
Ruido Read more Ruido
The Timbers Read more The Timbers
Dancers at Global Green Read more Dancers at Global Green

2015 Festival Artist Applications open

The Illawarra Folk Festival celebrates it's 30th Anniversary (Pearl) next January from the 15th to 18th. The online application form to express an interest to perform is now open.

CLICK HERE for information about performing at the festival and for the link to the form. Applications close 30th May 2014.

Youth Traditions Awards Results

The Illawarra Folk Club boasts a long tradition of providing support and assistance to young musicians, which has culminated in the Youth Traditions Awards, now in it's second year.

Held annually at the Illawarra Folk Festival, the Youth Traditions Awards provide a platform for musicians under 25 to perform, reinterpret and write songs and tunes with a traditional flavour.

Pete Seeger Tribute

Pete Seeger's death last week will undoubtedly be the impetus for, not only a round of Pete Tributes but also an appraisal of the role of folk song in the politics of the last 70 years. Well the Illawarra Folk Club will be first cab off the rank when we celebrate his life, his song, his music and his politics at a special tribute next Friday Night at the City Diggers Club in Wollongong at 7.30pm.

2014 General Images

CLICK HERE  FOR A SAMPLE of the terrific images from the 2014 Illawarra Folk Festival. Enjoy.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE images on the Festival Flickr site.

Thanks to our wonderful photographers: Jessica Millman, Katie Bell, Heidi Vestergaard, Sally Harris, Sally Smith, Kim Rudner, Peter O'Neill, Liz Aitken

2014 Festival now over and 2015 Festival planning underway

The 29th Illawarra Folk Festival concluded on Sunday evening 19 January 2014 with the wonderful Archie Roach and the Festival Finale.

The Finale included a 50 piece orchestra and a choir of over 50 as well.

Crowds for the festival were very good helped by the sunny weather.

Planning is already underway for the Pearl (30th) Anniversary Festival to be held from 15 to 18 January 2015.


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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