Cobargo Folk Festival
28 February - 1 March
The historic rural village of Cobargo, on the NSW far south coast, hosts the Cobargo Folk Festival, now into its third decade. Produced by the Yuin Folk Club and first held in 1996, this festival of music, dance, song, comedy, poetry, fun and fine food and drink attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the lush Bega Valley. Folk music is music that comes out of community. It includes the tunes and songs from cultures all over the world – Aboriginal songs, music and dances, Celtic, English, Scottish, bluegrass, Old Timey, African, Indian, Spanish, South American and more – a huge range. At our festival you will find concerts, workshops, dances, poetry events, singing and tunes sessions across a range of musical genres that make up our vibrant folk culture. Our festival is more than just sitting in a venue watching a concert. We believe that music is for everyone and that folk music traditions are to be handed on through the generations. Our workshop sessions are designed to offer everyone from beginners to experienced musicians the chance to have a go. The festival started out as a celebration of folk music and folk culture in Cobargo Village using local community halls and spaces as concert venues. The popularity of the festival has grown steadily from those early years, bringing a demand for larger venues and space for growth. In 2004 the festival moved to the Cobargo Showground, a beautiful rural location on the banks of Narira Creek. Stay tuned for the 2020 Scottish programme!