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Announcing our 2015 Artist Lineup!

The Illawarra Folk Festival will be celebrating its 30th Pearl Anniversary in 2015, and the engine room is full steam ahead with plans for our greatest celebration and collection of Australian and overseas folk talent!

With 15 international acts, 74 national and 91 local Illawarra acts in 450 concerts, dances, workshops and sessions in 13 venues this festival will be a pearler!

Click here for the whole lineup

Community Partners Wanted!

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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


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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