Full Artist Lineup Announced!

The 31st Illawarra Folk Festival to over 170 acts from all over the world and Australia. The full program is due out in late November.


2016 Artists List Coming Soon!

There will be over 150 acts at the 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival coming from all over the world and Australia.

Stay tuned for an announcement in early September. Crazy ticket prices available soon as well.

Youth to Play Folk

Youth artists (age 9 to 25) have a number of opportunities to play folk music at the 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival, but be early to apply!

Songwriting and Tune Competition Open!

Calling all songwriters and tune writers!  The Illawarra Folk Festival invites all songwriters and musicians residing in Australia to enter our 31st Anniversary song contest - FOLK TIME! Generously sponsored by our friends at APRA AMCOS!

31st anniversaries are usually celebrated with the giving of timepieces... so the theme for this festival is TIME.

Great cash prizes! Proudly supported by APRA/AMCOS. Entries close 30 November 2015.

Volunteer Applications Open

We look forward to seeing old friends again at the 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival!

If you are a first time volunteer, you are about to discover a wonderful, rewarding experience!  You'll make new friends, learn new skills and obtain great satisfaction from ensuring everyone has an enjoyable and memorable time at the Illawarra Folk Festival.

On top of all this, we will also give you a free season ticket if you volunteer more than 12 hours, as well as a festival pack if you sign up as a senior volunteer and become a team leader!


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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