About the Festival.

Now into its fifth decade, the Auckland Folk festival is a venerable institution, first conceived and created by the folk and traditional music and dance clubs of Auckland in the 1970’s. For the past 25 years, the festival has been based at the Kumeu Showgrounds in West Auckland, where the music venues are spread over gently rolling paddocks and campers meet up with old friends and musical comrades-at-arms to play and dance long into the night.

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The festival runs over the three days of the Auckland Anniversary weekend in late January, starting on the Friday evening and finishing with sessions and ceilidhs into the small hours of Monday morning. The music stages are all within large marquees, with great sound quality and a full programme , providing something for everyone at all times. Saturday and Sunday evenings feature concerts by the principal artists on the main stage.

Guest artists are invited from all over the world to bring creativity and colour to the festival. The festival blends internationally renowned acts with up and coming local bands to weave a fascinating musical landscape and we are committed to taking the culture forward by exploring new genres within “modern traditional” music and dance.

We have a series of music and dance workshops, given by local and international tutors that are always well-attended and appreciated and we also have an enduring relationship with the performing artist industry in New Zealand. Blackboard concerts and Come-all-ye’s are packed to the rafters and provide a stage for performers young and old to share their musical passion.

Our food and craft village offers a range of ethnic foods and wares, including musical instruments and clothing. All this and much more – come and join us at the Auckland Folk Festival in January and share the colour and ambience of New Zealand’s biggest folk festival!

See you there!
Nigel Robertson
President