The National Folk Festival is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven organisation and a registered charity that receives very little in the way of public funding. It may surprise you to know that the Festival is 97.5% self funded. A great achievement but one that also means the Festival does not have the means to develop special programs beyond its core operations.

In 2016 the National Folk Festival celebrated its 50th event, a testament to its ability to remain culturally relevant and enduring. Sponsorship packages can be tailored to suit your business needs and objectives and a partnership with the National Folk Festival can provide your business with exciting opportunities to build your brand and reach new audiences. You can support us in a variety of ways from sponsoring a venue or an award to initiating a program that closely aligns with your brand. In return, we can offer you a selection of benefits including invitations to VIP events, complimentary tickets and unique opportunities to connect your business with our Festival community.

SpiegelZeltCrop Sponsors and Partners make it possible for the National to develop special programs beyond its core operations. Our corporate partners provide us with generous financial and organisational support. In 2016 our beautiful Spiegel Zelt (pictured left) was sponsored by ComBank creating a magical space where patrons experienced some of the Festival’s most exciting and edgy programs.

A partnership with the National offers an opportunity to be closely associated with a national event known for its integrity and artistic excellence. The National offers its sponsors brand and marketing alignment and unique benefits that can be tailored towards enhancing relationships and engagement.

To discuss your sponsorship requirements please contact Pam Merrigan, Festival Director.

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Important Dates

2019 Volunteer Applications
Open Nov 1

2018/19 National Folk Fellowship Applications
Open 28 March 2018

2019 Performer Applications
Open 2 July 2018

2019 Stalls Applications
Open 1 Aug

2019 Instrument Maker Applications