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These are the two Marquee venues, used mainly for general concert performances.
Mumbulla is named after Mumbulla mountain, south of Cobargo and a landscape feature of significance to the local Yuin aborigines.

Magpie, as well as being a well known melodious Australian bird, is also the name of one of our major sponsors, Magpie Music, who supply the sound system for this venue





This is the main Showground pavilion. Even though it is a large "tin shed", we install heavy acoustic drapes which turn it into a fine acoustic space. Each year it has been improved even further.
It is named after Gulaga (Mount Dromedary), a mountain sacred to the local Yuin aborigines, just to the north of Cobargo, near Tilba. Our two largest venues are named after the two most significant mountains in the area.




This is the small showground pavilion and is our "Folk Club" venue. This year it will be used for some workshops and smaller, more intimate concerts, as well as a blackboard concert, the Saturday night singing session and the Poets. The Yuin Folk Club banner forms the backdrop to the stage. This venue derives its name from the Yuin Folk Club which in turn was named in honour of the local aboriginal nation on the South Coast.






This is our Workshops venue. In the past, these were held in a small marquee. This pavilion was formally the old Brogo Fire Shed. We acquired this and relocated it to the Showground. It will be used for teaching type workshops during the day and a Blackboard Concert on Saturday night. It is named after Narira Creek which flows through the Showground and is just down the hill from the Narira venue



The Brolga is an Australian bird in the crane family that is well known for its intricate mating dance. As you have undoubtedly guessed, this is our Dance venue. The amenity of this venue has been considerably improved with the use of a Hoecker marquee and a new and enlarged dance floor. The dance venue will be operating from Friday afternoon and as well as the usual range of demonstrations and workshops there will be a big social dance on the Saturday evening. See the Dance Program page for details. The Festival Choir rehearsals will also be held in this venue. The Brolga is located below a grassy hill and below the bar/restaurant area - a lot of people sit up here in the shade to watch the performances.




This venue is dedicated to CHILDREN'S concerts and activities. Presenters are chosen who have experience with, and programs designed specifically for, the younger folk (generally under 12yrs). The venue is named after the mythical creature from Australian folklore derived from Aboriginal mythology and often featured in children's stories.



This is a venue dedicated to performances and workshops by and for youth (generally aimed at the 13 -21yr age group).
It is coordinated and hosted by The Crossing Land Education Trust, from which the venue derives its name. See our webpage on The Crossing venue for more information.






The Bar and restaurant is located in the central showground building, adjacent to the Festival Shop. The Showground Trust has recently enlarged and rennovated this building so you should notice the improved facilities. It is a licenced premise serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is the hub of the festival, especially on a hot day. Naturally, this is where impromptu musical sessions happen day and night.




This year we have two new venues, the Yarnin' and the Nestival.
The Yarnin' is our Spoken Word and ideas tent. The poets breakfast will be held here and Ideas from The Edge.
The Nestival is our new chill-out zone where you can put your feet up and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival.

Festival Bar & Restaurant, the location for sessions

The Magpie

The Gulaga (large pavilion) & The Yuin (small pavilion) behind

Festival Shop


sessions by day

The Magpie

sessions by night

The Gulaga

The Yuin

Sound engineer at work in The Mumbulla


Major Sponsors

   Destination NSW