About the Festival

The Cygnet Folk Festival is almost here again! In January 2015 the small town of Cygnet, will host the 33rd Cygnet Folk Festival, one Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. Very highly regarded by musicians and festival-goers from all over Australia and overseas, competition to come to Cygnet is at an all time high amongst performers, and this year we had a record number of applications! Now we have selected a board range of genres and styles which we believe fit under the board umbrella of folk and we are excited to bring this unforgettable program to Cygnet 2015.

Many of our musicians and volunteers plan their annual holidays around coming to Cygnet in January each year and many come from interstate and overseas especially to be part of this wonderful event. The incredible talent of local and visiting musicians is celebrated over the January weekend and we are proud that so many amazing performers and festival goers take part in what the festival has to offer each and every year.

The Cygnet Folk Festival began in 1982 and is a not-for-profit community event organised by a volunteer management committee, a paid administrator / coordinator and many dedicated people volunteering their time and expertise.

Cygnet has a population of less than 1,000 people and for such a small community, the Festival is impressive in its size, scope and quality.

A rich cultural community event, the festival provides entertainment for the Cygnet, Hobart, Tasmanian and interstate live music community, making people smile, providing opportunities and a springboard for young musicians, business opportunities for local businesses, and new friendships.

The Festival runs over 3 days in early January and attracts around 4,000 to 5,000 visitors.

The aims of the Festival are:

  • to offer folk, ethno, world, singer-songwriter, roots and acoustic music, dance, poetry and workshops from local, national and international artists.
  • to encourage interest in and awareness of folk music and associated activities to people of diverse ages and backgrounds.
  • to provide support and opportunities to young musicians.
  • to foster mutually beneficial relationships with the local community, businesses and associations.