The historic rural village of Cobargo, on the NSW Far South Coast, hosts the Cobargo Folk Festival, now into its third decade.
First held in 1996, this festival of music, dance, song, comedy, poetry, fun and fine food and drink attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the lush Bega Valley.
Folk music is music that comes out of community. It includes the tunes and songs from cultures all over the world - Aboriginal songs, music and dances, Celtic, English, Scottish, bluegrass, Old Timey, African, Indian, Spanish, South American and more - a huge range. At our festival you will find concerts, workshops, dances, poetry events, singing and tunes sessions across a range of musical genres that make up our vibrant folk culture.
Our festival is more than just sitting in a venue watching a concert. We believe that music is for everyone and that folk music traditions are to be handed on through the generations. Our workshop and sessions are designed to offer everyone from beginners to experienced musicians the chance to have a go.
Cobargo is located on the Princes Highway mid-way between Narooma and Bega. It is about three hours’ drive from Canberra and about five hours from Sydney (Click here for a map) Bus services between Sydney and Melbourne stop at Cobargo. The nearest airport is at Merimbula. [You can find more information on this link]
The festival started out as a celebration of folk music and folk culture in Cobargo Village. Numbers attending the festival have grown steadily from those early years and in 2004 the festival moved to the Cobargo Showground.
That move allowed for larger venues, improved facilities and camping, all in a beautiful rural setting and just five minutes’ walk from historic Cobargo Village. The village has coffee shops, craft shops, a Post Office, newsagent and chemist, agricultural co-op and, of course, the Cobargo Pub. There's also a terrific op shop run by local volunteers that raises money for community projects. Every Saturday morning the village hosts a small market on the main street. (Click here to read learn more about the village’s many attractions. www.visitcobargo.com) We hope you can find time to visit the village and support our local businesses.
The organisers are all volunteers and the festival itself could not operate without the wonderful people who volunteer their time before, during and after during the festival each year. Volunteering provides free admission in exchange for eight hours work and is good fun. Many of our volunteers have such a good time that they volunteer year after year. If you are Interested in volunteering please visit the volunteers page on this website to learn how.
The Cobargo Folk Festival is a very friendly festival and has become a regular event on the calendar of many residents of the South Coast, NSW, the ACT and interstate. You might like to stay awhile and explore this beautiful region. There's lots to do; beautiful beaches just a little over 15 minutes away from the Festival site, the historic town of Tilba, a visit to Bega Cheese and local wineries, and the stunning Gulaga, Biamanga and Mimosa Rocks National Parks. Have a look at the Sapphire Coast tourism website and our Useful Links page for more information.
We invite you to come to beautiful Cobargo, enjoy our festival and have a great time in the Bega Valley.