Tamar Valley Folk Festival
17 January – 19 January
The festival is a unique event in the Tamar Valley area, bringing many visitors and artists to northern Tasmania from interstate and overseas. It is the major annual cultural event held over three days in George Town, and is a highly regarded musical and artistic festival, recognised as part of the National Folk Festival calendar in Australia.
The festival consists of music sessions, concerts, themed concerts children’s activities, poetry and dance. There will be music in the street on Saturday morning.
The concert venues are all undercover and set in beautiful surroundings of the Tamar River and historic town of George Town.
Tamar Valley Folk Festival History
The first Tamar Valley Folk Festival was held at George Town in January 1992 after a successful trial held in a the form of a dance and concert at the Memorial Hall on the 9th March 1991 to raise some funds for the event. The then members of the George Town folk club got together to form a festival committee, led by Mick and Helen Flanagan with the support of Linda Bezemer and others.
Local artists from Launceston and the southern areas of the Huon Valley were invited to take part. It was a successful beginning.
Since then the festival has grown to one that local, interstate and international artists and performers have come to enjoy.
The beautiful location of the Tamar River and surrounding areas have provided a wonderful historic flavour to the festival, which has always been supported by local businesses and the George Town Council. The small venues and locations make it attractive for visitors and audiences to walk from venue to venue to catch the concert performances and workshops.