Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli

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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Comedy, Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Bulli, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

David De Santi, Festival Director
Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli
P. O. Box 5289
Wollongong, NSW 2500, Australia
Phone/fax: (61) 1300-887-034

Festival Description

The Illawarra Folk Festival is an award winning tourism event of national standing that began in 1985. Since then it has grown to include over 400 folk performers and 150 events that include concerts, dances, workshops, storytelling, street theatre, poetry and comedy sessions, acoustic jams, a children’s festival and special events. The festival takes place over three days and four nights at 12 venues located in the historic town of Bulli on the South Coast of NSW.

Festival Dates January 16 - 19, 2014
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Festival Events:

Music Lineup 2013:
  • Bajaly Suso (Gambia)
  • Chris Assaad (Canada)
  • Don´t Mention The Wall! (Germany)
  • DomM Flemons (part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops / USA)
  • George Hewison (USA)
  • George Mann (USA)
  • Gregory Page (USA)
  • Alan Blackshaw
  • Ballpoint Penguins
  • Chris Gillespie & The Wandering Hands
  • Claire Roberts
  • Craig & Simone Dawson
  • Dani Karis & Park Folk
  • David Rooney & The Festival Orchestra
  • Fred Smith & Liz Frencham
  • Handsome Young Strangers
  • The Go Set
  • Modhan (Scotland)
  • Humbug
  • Shameless Seamus & The Tullamore Dews The Mutual Acquaintances
  • The Simpson Three
  • Tim Scanlan
  • Tolka
  • Barbara Giamalvo (USA)
  • Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle
  • Thrillbilly Stomp
  • and many, many more…
Comedy lineup 2013:
  • Glover & Sorrensen
  • Brian Bell
  • Gregory North
  • Illawarra Breakfast Poets
  • Peter Mace
  • Russell Hannah
  • Sandy Holmes
  • Zondrae King
  • and more…
Street theatre and children’s events2013:
  • Anton Wood Juggling
  • Circus Wow
  • King & Queen Of Green
  • Sacred Circus
  • Cynthia Hartman storytelling
  • F.A.R.T. Tent
  • Gobsmacked!
  • Lilli Pilli Tales
  • Loose Threads
  • Mark The Sax
  • and more…


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Practical Info:

Performer applications:
  • Visit online in late April
Venue program changes:
  • The festival starts with a Bush Dance on Wednesday night at the Heritage Hotel, followed by Italian lunch on Thursday, and a Charity Concert and the Tripe Eaters Concert. Three full days then follow starting at 8:00am through to late in the 12 venues! There will be more than 250 events.
  • There are a number of changes including:
    • Setting up a children’s tent rather than using the Greyhound Kennels;
    • The Betting Ring becomes the ‘Nlack Diamond Shanty’;
    • A large 600 seater white tent on the central area of showground instead of the tent at the back of the horse stables;
    • The Horse Stables is to become a concert/blackboard concert known as the Nag’s Lounge, complete with lounges and refreshements;
    • The Village Green is to become the Global Green and supported by Illawarra Ethnic Communities Council. It will have multicultural and traditional dancing demonstrations, music, dances and workshops. It will also have a specially (and expensive) sprung wooden floor in Scandinavian summer dance style;
    • The Festival Shop will be located in the grandstand bar area
Venue location:
  • Slacky Flat at Bulli Showground is located in Bulli on the South Coast of NSW
  • Tickets are available on-line at


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