Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival



The Illawarra Folk Festival originated at Jamberoo in 1985, and has grown to be one of the largest festivals in Australia run entirely by volunteers. Now nestled in the northern Illawarra escarpment at Bulli, the festival presents approximately 150 performers over 4 days.

Performers, volunteers and audiences alike continue to return to our festival to experience and participate in the diversity of music and performances, and enjoy the intimate, vibrant, community atmosphere the festival has become renowned for.

As well as performances by some of the best national and international traditional acts, the program features a two day intensive folk school, workshops, sessions, dancing, the Youth Folk Traditions awards, instrument makers, poet’s breakfasts, the famous Mediterranean Lunch, the infamous Tripe Dinner and beautiful international cuisine and craft stalls.



2001 – Winner Events Category, Southern Illawarra Business and Tourism Awards

2002 – Winner Significant Festivals and Events Category, Illawarra Tourism Awards for Excellence

2004 – Events and Festivals Award of Distinction, Illawarra Tourism Awards

2012 – Winner of the Events & Tourism Award, NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards More Information