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Canterbury Folk Festival 2017 - A Family Festival of Music

Canterbury Folk Festival 2017 - A Family Festival of Music

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  • Fri 14 Apr ’17, 1:00pm – 11:45pm
  • Sat 15 Apr ’17, 9:00am – 11:45pm
  • Sun 16 Apr ’17, 9:00am – 11:45pm
  • Mon 17 Apr ’17, 9:00am – 10:00am


Waipara Riverside Park, 137 Darnley Rd, Waipara


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • All weekend adult: $140.00
  • All weekend child 15-18y with adult: $50.00
  • All weekend youth 18-25 y unaccompanied: $80.00

A family friendly weekend, featuring the best in acoustic/folk music:
- Top national and international performers
- Concerts, dances, workshops, informal “sessions”
- Youth band project, fun-filled children’s programme
- A giant ukulele band, blackboard concerts, choir
- Opportunities for you to perform with guest artists plus so much more…

Day passes to the festival cost $85, but $140 will get you a weekend-long pass and the opportunity to pitch a tent for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Situated less than an hour’s drive north of Christchurch city, the Waipara Adventure Centre features campsites, bunk rooms, plus clean bathroom and shower facilities. Cook your own food or take advantage of the festival catering facilities. The onsite festival café features barista coffee and fresh home baking.

We are delighted to announce a wonderful, talented, energetic and diverse line-up of guest artists:
- All Day Breakfast Stringband - Canada
- Charlotte Yates & Show Pony - Wellington
- Lloyd & Doublet - Christchurch
- RoseAnna - Nelson
- Secret Lives of Ukelele - Christchurch
- Flora Knight & Sean Donald - Dunedin
- Eric McEachen - Christchurch
- Jenny Mitchell - Gore
- Molly's Remedy - Christchurch

Our festival encourages participation - here’s how you can join in: festival choir, bush poetry, workshops, concerts, blackboard concerts, ceilidh, jam sessions, kid’s stuff, yoga, dance party, blind date, youth band, giant ukulele band, etc...

There will be something for everyone, so come and be part of a special weekend event!

What is a Folk Music Festival?
Folk Music clubs exist all around New Zealand and enjoy a calendar of festivals up and down the country with many avid- folkies planning their year around travelling to the different festivals to enjoy the rich atmosphere of live acoustic music, good company and friendly socialising. Many have been doing this for years, which provide a stable, safe, family environment that all newcomers can enjoy.

The music ranges from that influenced by Scottish, Irish, English heritage, blues and now more American Folk styles are becoming more apparent. There is a good New Zealand/Australian feel too. You can expect a lot of guitars, fiddles, harps, pipes, maybe a harmonica, banjos, maybe an accordion, and lots of singing.

What's it like?
This great camping site in Waipara (North Canterbury) at the Adventure Centre is on Darnley Road which is an hour north of Christchurch. While we can't promise beautiful weather, the last five years have been wonderfully sunny and it's hard to imagine a better way to spend a long weekend than listening to and playing music, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

The festival is very family friendly and there is a children's programme and also many opportunities for children to participate in performing, dancing, making art, listening to stories and playing with other kids in the idyllic surroundings.

The Music.
There are all performances running throughout the festival and there are workshops to get involved in. You can send your time listening, or playing, wandering between performance spaces, listening to others playing together in informal groups.

One highlight of the Festival is the opportunity to participate in the "blind date concert" where you become part of a band - a great way to get to know people and to feel part of things. Or you can just sit under a tree and play your banjo, or write some poetry.

The event begins on Friday afternoon as campers arrive. On Friday evening, everyone is welcomed with an all ages barn dance (Ceilidh) the event ends on Sunday evening with a final concert, leaving Monday for a leisurely pack up and depart.

While the event does run for three days - you are also able to come just for the day, or for the evening, or for the barn dance etc and there are different prices for these options on the website.

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