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2017 Artists Lineup Announced!

The World’s Music Comes to the Illawarra

The World’s music returns to the Illawarra Folk Festival from 12 to 15 January 2017 with it’s largest ever lineup of 179 artists in 13 venues. The party will held at the Bulli Showground, Wollongong, for the 32nd time.

The feature instrument is the banjo and the overall festival theme is The Open Road. There will be concerts and workshops celebrating them. Folk School and the Green Music Train are also back. Youth Folk participation is encouraged with the Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra, Youth Tradition Awards and Youth Folk Concerts.

Tim O'Brien (USA)

2017 Illawarra Folk Festival Update

- Despite a loss in 2016 (mainly due to 3 days of rain), the festival will continue in much the same format as previous years.

- Work has started on booking artists. Applications closed on 30 May and over 460 from all over the world have been received.

- The theme for the festival will be 'The Open Road'.

- The internationals are the first to be selected, as they need planning time.



2016 Festival Over!

The 2016 Illawarra Folk Festivl is now over and it was another amazing 4 days of music, fun and frivolty.

You can see some of the fun from the festival on the Facebook Photos page or the Festival Youtube Channel.

Artist applications for the 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival (13-16 January) will open in March 2016.

Bottled Water Free Festival!

We're going bottled water free!

Illawarra Folk Festival has long been committed to reducing our environmental impact, with our Green Army of volunteers and our no waste to landfill policy.


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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