Fri 3 March - Sun 5 March 2023

2023 Volunteer Registration NOW OPEN

Volunteer applications are HERE!

Please read the info below carefully. 

The Cobargo, Quaama and district community is a diverse bunch of people and you will meet a lot of us if you volunteer at the festival. Since the 2019/2020 bushfires, caring for each other and caring about our community have become very important priorities – despite our many differences. 

“Folk Who Care” sits at the heart of who we are as a folk club, and as a festival.

Volunteers have been essential to the organisation and running of the Cobargo Folk Festival since it began 28 years ago. The Festival would not be possible without the generous contribution of our volunteers, many of whom come back year after year to help us produce the event. 

Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and backgrounds essential to the success of the Festival and their contribution is acknowledged and deeply appreciated. Everyone involved brings their own unique energy to this very special Festival.

After three challenging years post-bushfires, floods and Covid, 2023 will see the return of the full festival, including The Crossing Youth Stage,  KIDBARGO! – our Kids’ Festival, Ideas from the Edge, the dance program, workshops, and the Festival Choir. We will also have a bigger First Nations component. We will have four concert stages, food and market stalls and more picking/sessioning spaces.

We ask for eight solid hours of volunteer work. Experienced volunteers who have worked with us before will be first in line.  We receive way more applications than we can accept so please don’t take it personally if you don’t get up but do still come to the festival – we’d still like to see you all and get to know new people keen to come and volunteer with us.

When you register to volunteer, it is important to remember that festival organisers reserve the right to not accept a registration if the person has been an inappropriate fit as a volunteer in the past.

We are aiming to be a ZERO LANDFILL festival again this year as Bega Valley landfill sites are under pressure from all the bushfire debris that has been disposed of locally. Please sort your waste and take home anything that cannot be composted or recycled. Bega Valley Shire Council is providing us with funding again and we will have the hot wash stations on hand to clean your soft plastics and other waste so you don’t have to take home smelly rubbish…