2017 National Folk Festival ready to inspire and entertain

Released 16/02/2017

Returning for its 51st year, the National Folk Festival was launched last night, with a program full of local, national and international talent set to hit Exhibition Park in Canberra from 13-17 April.

The National Folk Festival is a key feature of Canberra’s annual events calendar and makes a significant contribution to the city’s reputation as a cultural destination. Artists and audiences from around the globe will come together in the nation’s capital to participate in this year’s Festival.

Across 18 venues, the National Folk Festival 2017 program presents an A-list line up of over 200 acts, including 28 international performers. The Festival also provides a valuable platform for emerging and established local musicians and performers to showcase their talents and gain national and international exposure.

Named as the winner of the Festivals and Events category at the 2016 Canberra Region Tourism Awards, the National Folk Festival attracts more than 47,000 attendees over five days, with over 50 percent of those travelling from interstate.

The ACT Government is proud to support the National Folk Festival through the ACT Event Fund, a program that stimulates and fosters a range of positive economic, social and community outcomes for the Canberra region through the festivals and events sector.

Assistance provided through the ACT Event Fund helped support the development of FringeWorld; a vibrant new contemporary space where music genres collide, opening new doors into the possibilities of folk.

Events such as the National Folk Festival continue to play an important role in showcasing Canberra’s diversity and vibrancy to locals and visitors alike, while also reinforcing the city’s status as a world-class event host.

For more event and ticket sales information, visit www.folkfestival.org.au

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