Sydney Folk Festival

Black Joak, Sydney's own Morris Dance team.

Sydney's first ever 'urban' Folk Festival... the next generation of folk!

Music of all genres comes to town... no need to get your feet wet! And there's a major dance element: In addition to huge number of groups featuring dance music from all sorts of cultures... there are special dance sessions for participation! Among them are: Dancing Feet Our Birrung Ballroom in the City Tatts will have a dance program where you can learn set dances, contra and many other social dances of yesterday like the polka, mazurka, schottische and waltz.

Sydney’s own Morris Dance team, Black Joak, will also be performing at various venues across the festival – you’ll hear the jingling of the feet before you see them; don’t miss this continuation of an old tradition.

Feeling energetic? Dance to world music rhythms at our Sunday afternoon World Dance with Sirocco and Balkanski Bus – this will be quite something! We will have a full dance program. These allow people to participate by learning the dances…. they are old style dancing… everything from set dances to bush dances….. great fun.

Dance Historian, Heather Clarke, has much to say about ‘dancing for health’... the big interest in helping people overcome depression etc by participating.

Alex Bishop (father of Chaika members Laura and Susie) is coordinating the dance program! and more!

The key to this fest and its point of difference is not only that folk 'comes to town' (hence "no wet feet!") but also it's 'the next generation of folk'. Wide interest! Indigenous, multicultural, young, old... not just old white men with beards! And heaps of participation!

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January

This special development program will provide a handful of selected young artists with a unique opportunity to gain experience training and working within a small professional dance company.

July

So successful has been the premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical in Sydney that the producers have already announced it will return in July, 2019, at the Sydney Lyric, with tickets to go on sale from February 20, 2018.

City Adult Ballet classes is run by Jane Casson, a former dancer with The Australian Ballet.

August

Dance Makers Collective host rising international stars Kristina and Sadé Alleyne to launch their new inaugural professional dancer training program Mobilise.

At the end of August, WAAPA’s graduating dancers unleash their choreographic talents in a short season of highly original dance works at the Dolphin Theatre.

DANCEBOURNE ARTS proudly present a renewed version of their first original progamme, Pointe, Line & Surface.

The Destructive Steps Street Dance Festival is coming to Sydney for its 11th year.

In January 2020, the YABC will produce a brand new production of one of the world’s most popular musicals, CATS.

September

Monash University's new $53 million Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts will play host to two dance works by internationally acclaimed Norwegian dance company, Panta Rei Danseteater, on Friday 6 September as part of MLIVE's Weightless dance series.

Youth Dance Festival (affectionately known as Dance Fest) is a remarkable Canberra success story and has been proudly presented by Ausdance ACT, and held at the Canberra Theatre Centre since 1985.