The Cobargo Folk Festival is three days of music, dance, song, comedy, poetry and fun that attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the lush Bega Valley on the New South Wales South Coast. The festival returns in 2022 after postponement and two cancellations in 2020 and 2021 because of bushfires and the Covid pandemic.
Produced by the not-for-profit Yuin Folk Club since 1996, the festival started out as a celebration of folk music and folk culture in Cobargo Village using local community halls and spaces as concert venues. The popularity of the festival has grown steadily from those early years, bringing a demand for larger venues and space for growth. In 2004 the festival moved to the Cobargo Showground on the banks of Narira Creek.
That move allowed for larger venues, improved facilities and camping. 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 workshops, dances, spoken word activities and jams/sessions are designed to offer everyone the chance to have a go, from beginners to experienced musicians and dancers.
Festival 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 festival serves as a local fundraiser and surpluses are used to fund the next year’s festival, to help improve community facilities and infrastructure and to support music education and development projects in local schools, other not-for-profit community groups and those undertaken by individual local musicians.
The Cobargo Folk Festival 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: the festival location is just five minutes’ walk from historic Cobargo Village and some of Australia’s best beaches are just a little over 15 minutes away from the Festival site. The historic village of Tilba is just down the road, as are 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.