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Make Your Mark

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Almost every Australian Music Festival has one… the Blackboard or Buskers Stage. Chalk in your name and have a go! Sometimes these stages are referred to as Open Mics or Walk-ups and back in the days of the first National Folk Festival they called it a Come All Ye, a concert for non-booked performers. Read more…

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The Story Behind the Hashtag

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In July the National Folk Festival launched its official hashtag #ourNFF

For its 50th edition the National really wants to embrace its family to remind them that the Festival belongs to everyone. It’s a community that has been steadily growing ever since the event was founded back in 1967. It may be early days yet, the line-up hasn’t been announced but the tickets are already selling. There’s something about the National that keeps people coming back. It gets into the blood and attendees know that when Easter 2016 rolls around they can expect the usual world class event with a good proportion of strong local talent. It’s also one of the few big festivals where attendees can immerse themselves in a range of hands on experiences. Read more…

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A Rough Guide to #ourNFF

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Festival Director Pam Merrigan’s latest Blog Post:

Are you thinking of joining Australia’s biggest ‘folk’ party of 2016? With the first round of tickets for the 50th National Folk Festival going on sale this weekend it’s time for the rough guide so you know what to expect when you come to Canberra next Easter. Read more…

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Blowin’ in the Wind

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Festival Director Pam Merrigan’s latest Blog Post:

‘Orange Blossom Special’, Duke Ellington’s ‘The Gal from Joe’s’, ‘Follow Me Up to Carlow’, ‘I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate’, ‘Jim Jones’ and ‘North Country Maid’ are an eclectic mix. They do however have one thing in common. They were all performed at the first National Folk Festival in 1967. As things start to warm up for the 50th Festival next Easter it’s got me thinking yet again about the ‘f’ word.  The intangible as the wind ‘f’ word that almost defies defining. We’re holding a ‘folk’ festival. What kind of music is that? Google ‘definition of folk’ and you get page after page of possibilities. Read more…

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