The National Folk Festival has pushed out a media release letting us know they’re turning 45, but not planning on slowing down.
Managing Director Sebastian Flynn said the milestone birthday provides an opportunity to reflect upon past achievements, but more importantly, to consolidate the National Folk Festival’s future direction of driving cultural participation and education.
“In much the same way as people gain a clearer sense of self as they mature, the Festival also – on reaching ‘a certain age’ – has developed a strong sense of its identity,” said Mr Flynn.
“The National plays an important role in celebrating both the Australian culture and character, as well as encouraging participation in more diverse cultural pursuits that extend our own natural creativity,” he said.
“Our theme this year is ‘Explore your own folklore’ and it’s about encouraging people to discover and do, rather than just watch – to be a participant in these cultural pursuits, not just a spectator,
“So you can come to watch some of the finest performers in the world to inspire you, but you can also take part in an informal session, sign up for any one of a huge range of workshops and classes, visit market stalls, see displays , films and forums, and much more,” said Mr Flynn.
“It’s about finding a way to tell your own unique story,” he said.
Perhaps more importantly the early bird tickets are now on sale online.