Cygnet Folk Festival

The Cygnet Folk Festival is a three-day folk music festival held in Cygnet in Tasmania, Australia, that is held annually on the second weekend in January.[1]

Cygnet Folk Festival
GenreFolk festival
Begins12 January 2018 (2018-01-12)
Ends14 January 2018 (2018-01-14)
Frequency2nd weekend in January
Location(s)Cygnet, Tasmania
Coordinates43°09′00″S 147°04′12″E
Years active37
InauguratedJanuary 1982 (1982-01)
FounderThe Huon Folk Inc Management Committee
Previous eventJanuary 2016 (2016-01)
Next event6 January 2017 (2017-01-06)
Participants400–500 musicians
LeaderHuon Folk Inc

The festival has developed as one of the premier cultural events in Tasmania's arts calendar. Every year on the second weekend in January, the small village of Cygnet, situated in the Huon Valley in the bay of Port Cygnet, presents a variety of music, dance, and related arts, over three days. Performances take place in the pubs, halls, cafes, churches, parks and streets of Cygnet. The festival allows for a range of concerts, workshops, master classes, poetry reading, youth awards, children's events, gourmet food stalls featuring local produce, sessions, arts and crafts market and dances. The program features an eclectic mix of artists including local Tasmanians, mainland Australians and international guests.[2]

Some of the well-known festival headline acts over the years include Riley Lee, Afenginn,[1] My Friend the Chocolate Cake,[3] Stiff Gins, Zulya Kamalova, Rory McLeod and Frank Yamma.


  1. Young, Kane (8 January 2015). "Thousands to converge on Tassie town for 33rd annual Cygnet Folk Festival". The Mercury. Hobart. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. "Cygnet Folk Festival". Tasmanian Arts Guide. 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. Winton, Andrew (31 October 2011). "30th Cygnet Folk Festival Announces Artist Lineup". Timber and Steel. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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