Cygnet Folk Festival

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Cygnet Folk Festival
Status Active
Genre Folk festival
Begins 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12)
Ends 14 January 2018 (2018-01-14)
Frequency 2nd weekend in January
Location(s) Cygnet, Tasmania
Coordinates 43°09′00″S 147°04′12″E / 43.15000°S 147.07000°E / -43.15000; 147.07000Coordinates: 43°09′00″S 147°04′12″E / 43.15000°S 147.07000°E / -43.15000; 147.07000
Country Australia
Years active 36
Inaugurated January 1982 (1982-01)
Founder The Huon Folk Inc Management Committee
Previous event January 2016 (2016-01)
Next event 6 January 2017 (2017-01-06)
Participants 400–500 musicians
Attendance 6,000
Leader Huon Folk Inc

The Cygnet Folk Festival is a three-day folk music festival held in Cygnet in Tasmania, Australia, that is held annually on the second weekend in January.[1]

The festival has developed as one of the premier cultural events in Tasmania's arts calendar. Every year on the second weekend in January, the small village of Cygnet, situated in the Huon Valley in the bay of Port Cygnet, presents a variety of music, dance, and related arts, over three days. Performances take place in the pubs, halls, cafes, churches, parks and streets of Cygnet. The festival allows for a range of concerts, workshops, master classes, poetry reading, youth awards, children's events, gourmet food stalls featuring local produce, sessions, arts and crafts market and dances. The program features an eclectic mix of artists including local Tasmanians, mainland Australians and international guests.[2]

Some of the well-known festival headline acts over the years include Riley Lee, Afenginn,[1] My Friend the Chocolate Cake,[3] Stiff Gins, Zulya Kamalova, Rory McLeod and Frank Yamma.


  1. ^ a b c Young, Kane (8 January 2015). "Thousands to converge on Tassie town for 33rd annual Cygnet Folk Festival". The Mercury. Hobart. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Cygnet Folk Festival". Tasmanian Arts Guide. 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ Winton, Andrew (31 October 2011). "30th Cygnet Folk Festival Announces Artist Lineup". Timber and Steel. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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