If you’ve never been to the National Folk Festival, you probably don’t realize what a haven of fun it is for kids (and a relief for parents).
Recognized as the heart and home of Australian folk culture, the Folkie brings together thousands in a massive celebration of music, storytelling and more at the Canberra Exhibition Center (EPIC).
With endless entertainment offerings throughout the five-day event – held from Thursday 14th to Monday 18th April – there will be world-class artists (including performances by 36 ARIA Award winners , an ARIA Hall of Fame winner and an APRA Hall of Fame winner), themed bars, food and market stalls, traveling performers and a dedicated children’s program, bringing the nation’s capital to life with fun and frivolity.
But where do you start? Here’s everything families need to know about the National Folk Festival, from music to workshops for all ages.
Designed to impress the whole family, the 2022 festival will proudly showcase the best of local talent with over 200 acts across 12 venues to enjoy.
Highlights include Kate Ceberano (who will celebrate her Hawaiian folk heritage in her all-female band), Cigány Weaver (an outstanding gypsy jazz ensemble from Brisbane/Meanjin) and artist Ngunnawal Alinta Barlow, who will lead the family choir of the festival in ‘My Island Home’ in English and in her mother tongue. There will also be a specially curated daily concert, exclusive to the National, which will celebrate some of our greatest composers.
Looking for the perfect musical event not to be missed? The musical group Yothu Yindi will close the festival on April 18 in honor of our 30and year on the Ngunnawal country and the 30and year of their iconic song “Treaty”.
For the little ones, ABC’s kids’ favorite Justine Clarke will take the stage to perform some of her greatest hits that will have them singing and dancing for the rest of the day.
Children’s concerts are also on the programme, featuring rock star Mally Moo Music 4 Minis, Cath Russell Kids Music, The Vegetable Plot and The Spooky Men’s Chorale, all using the power of music and storytelling on stage.
Maypole with Molly will also add color and music to your children’s lives with a height-adjustable maypole, light ribbons, live piano accordion music and percussion instruments for them to play on. type.
With traveling circuses and street performers roaming the streets to surprise and delight you with their antics, getting away to the circus has never been so appealing. Luckily, the Solid State Kids’ Circus Show will get plenty of laughs and they even have workshops so you can learn all the secrets of the marquee.
For kids who want to put on their own performance, throughout the weekend there will be plenty of opportunities to learn a new music or dance skill with amazing performers and storytellers, including Bush Capital Band and Coral Reid – did someone say sword dancing rapper?
For the more creative at heart, there are many children’s arts and crafts workshops, including a children’s writing workshop led by poet Robyn Sykes.
If that’s not enough, there’s more. Designed to wow all ages, the family program will also see Justine Clarke and Josh Pyke hosting a children’s read, The Funky Fairy entertaining (painting anyone?) and Pico’s Puppet Palace on Monday, April 18.
Whatever you choose to do, the much-loved, immersive and creative National Folk Festival experience is the perfect way to end the Easter long weekend.
Several ticketing options for the whole family are available here with accompanied children aged 12 and under free and with something truly for everyone at the National Folk Festival, it’s easy to see why this is the heart of folk music, art and culture in Australia.