Fri 3 March - Sun 5 March 2023

Guidelines for Performers

The Cobargo Folk Festival is a not-for-profit folk and roots music, arts and cultural event held annually on the first weekend in March at the Cobargo Showground. Produced by the Yuin Folk Club Inc. the Festival is co-created by volunteers, is non-commercial and aims to be financially self-sustaining. Any profits from the Festival are used to fund future festivals, to support Yuin Folk Club activities focused on music education and development, and to assist local community projects.

A wholly community-owned and managed event, the Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the historic village of Cobargo in the Bega Valley, on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. This is Yuin Country, one of the most beautiful regions of Australia and just ten minutes from some of the best beaches and National Parks in the world.

The Festival features folk and roots music, dance, song, comedy, spoken word, street performance, plus themed presentations. The Festival’s First Nations program features local and national performers from across the country. We are looking for acts that represent folk music, dance and culture in all its diversity. At our festival, “Folk Music” covers a broad spectrum of music styles, traditional and contemporary.

We believe that music, dance, art and culture is for everyone. We have a deep respect for folk music traditions of all cultures and we create opportunities for trad music to be handed on through generations. Our definition of “folk music” is broad and fuzzy – a starting point is whether it tells a story.

Our Festival programs artists from all stages of the musical and artistic journey – beginners, players who are not full time musicians, to professionals.

We are interested in acts where the “carrying stream of continuity and tradition meets contemporary innovation and experimentation”. We are advocates for community music-making, and our workshops and sessions are designed to offer everyone the chance to learn new skills, particularly musical and performance skills.