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National Folk Festival and Lost Worlds of Peru Exhibition

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National Folk Festival

Canberra Exhibition Park, Federal Highway · Canberra

How to find us

Meet at the Festival Entrance Gate, Canberra, Call 0414 641 886 if lost.

Location image of event venue


National Folk Festival

and Lost Worlds of Peru Exhibition

Friday, 18th April 2014

to Sunday, 20th April 2014

(Leaving Sydney around 9am)

The multi award-winning National Folk Festival is Australia’s premier folk festival event. Established in Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay in 1967, it settled at Exhibition Park in Canberra in 1992, and 2014 will mark 22 years in the capital.

The festival has established itself as the leading folk festival in Australia: a cultural event with an attendance of over 50,000 during the Easter weekend.

Folk Festival - Middle Eastern Dance Display

Lost Worlds of Peru Exhibition

A colourful, culturally diverse, family-orientated celebration sees large numbers of interstate visitors joining festival goers from the Canberra region.

Apart from its uniquely liveable festival site, with several permanent all-weather venues with good acoustics, the festival fields a creative program of music and dance excellence, with a range of blackboard venues for up-and-coming young artists to rub shoulders with renowned performers.

The festival has a strong ethos of participation and education. A series of colourful precincts allows festival goers to explore creative pursuits together with their children. The ArtefACT precinct features the tradition bearers and community arts practitioner, along with the network of Canberra’s artisan craft workers. There’s something for all the family with the majestic circus big top, children’s festival and the unique stockman’s camp.

This is the festival where whatever you see or hear, you can learn to do and nurture your talents!

The grounds of the festival include various performance halls ranging in size from 100 to over 10,000 participants, there are also over 50 food stalls catering for all tastes. Don't forget to participate in the dance workshops, which are outstanding value given the festival entry price.

Our journey starts from Sydney, departing around 9.00am (Friday) and stopping over at Goulburn for a morning tea break/or early lunch. From then on it's an hour journey to Australia's Capital. The festival is located at the outskirts of Canberra, in the Exhibition Park in Canberra, on the Federal Highway (Please see the map below).

Most of us will be staying at University House, Australian National University (ANU). University House is a stylish hotel style accomodation previously the recluse of university professors and dignitaries. Most of the hotel's 105 rooms boast features such as a large writing desk, in-floor bathroom heating, direct dial telephones, security key card access, wireless internet access, mini bar and large balconies with views overlooking the elegant gardens or towards the city. Guests can choose from a wide variety of room styles including standard rooms, superior suites, two bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchen, and a suite purpose-built for wheelchair access and functionality.


Friday - 18 April 2014 - Easter Friday

Leave Sydney 9am
Arrive Canberra 12pm - Have Lunch
Visit Lost World of Peru Exhibition
Hang around Civic Centre for Dinner and Drinks

Saturday - 19 April 2014 - Easter Saturday

9.00am Breakfast at University House
(Australian National University)
10.30am - Arrive National Folk Festival
11.30pm - Leave festival for Accommodation and
late night Drinks

Sunday - 20 April 2014 - Easter Sunday

9.00am - Breakfast at University House
(Australian National University)
(Those staying elsewhere are encouraged to join us
for breakfast)

Getting There

Drive towards Canberra via the M5, it will take us around 3.5
hours to get there (including stopping at Goulburn)

Car pooling, those requiring lifts please advise when RSVPing.

Festival entrance is at the entrance of Canberra, on the
Federal Highway (it is straight after the first
roundabout as you come into Canberra).

Festival Tickets

You can purchase tickets at the gate (Note: it is not
recommended due to long lines) or pre-purchase from...

$96 (Early Bird to 15 April 2014)

$105 (Gate Price)

Accommodation - I have booked an apartment and a self contained
room at the Australian National University.

If you wish to stay in these apartments let me know when booking.

Accommodation University House (ANU)

University House

1 Balmain Crescent
Acton ACT 2601

1 room booked - two beds available
Cost = $170 per person for 2 nights and includes breakfast

Accommodation Liversidge Court Apartments (ANU)

Brian Lewis Crescent
Acton ACT 2601

3 bedroom apartment booked - 5 beds available (1 queen + 2 singles + 1 single)
Cost = $130 per person for 2 nights (breakfast extra)

Alternate Accomodation...

Canberra City YHA

7 Akuna Street
Canberra City 2601
Phone: (+612)[masked]

Cost: From $33 per person per night

Hotel Formule 1

Corner Federal Highway & Antill Street
Watson ACT 2602
Phone number (02)[masked]

Cost: From $79 per room (twin share)

Canberra is typically booked
out during Easter

If organising your own accommodation
please do so as soon as possible.