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Monday 31 December 2018

Three days of fun in far southern Tasmania

For 51 weekends of the year, the southern Tasmanian hamlet of Cygnet is a sleepy sort of place; albeit a friendly one with lots of community activities.

But for one weekend of the year, the vibrant country town changes beyond all recognition when it hosts the annual Cygnet Folk Festival.

The event is Tasmania's leading celebration of folk and world music, dance, poetry, performance art, food and culture.

Now in its 36th year, the festival attracts musicians and festival-goers from all over Australia and overseas (there is a focus on Canada in 2019).

A wealth of local, interstate and international artists will be celebrated from January 11-13, with street entertainment, al fresco performances and masterclasses.
American Lindsay Lou and her band, Canadian Irish Mythen and Scandinavians Fru Skagerrak are among the international headliners this year.

Cygnet is in the picturesque Huon Valley countryside just a 40-minute drive south of Hobart.

The Cygnet region has a population of less than 1,600 people but that quadruples during the festival with locals hosting visitors and campsites set up in local parks.
I'll be MCing in the St James School auditorium on both the Saturday and Sunday, so pop by and say hi.


  1. lovely precis, thanks Winsor....also look out for The Fretless from Canada and TRAD ATTACK! from Estonia....just saw both at Woodford Folk Festival.....incredible!! (but Irish is the gem!)

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