The Cygnet Folk Festival enters its 38th year this weekend, full of promise, as locals and visitors feel the buzz and excitement of this mainstay Tasmanian festival.

Despite the festival’s age, the towns reference to a baby swan keeps the youth appeal of the town, attracting people of all ages to celebrate with a spring in their step.

The festival will provide musical performances from the streets to the stages, stories and poetry, plus workshops for the makers, and plenty of movement for willing dancers of all abilities. There are special activities and performances tailored for families with young children.

For those that have yet to attend this festival, there is an aspect of Tasmanian culture that will give you greater pride in its people and their talents. The sheer number of simultaneous events means that even for those who are going, there is potential to miss some of the high quality performances.

Performers from the UK, Eastern Europe, right across Australia, West Papua, and Canada are amongst the international line-up, They reflect tastes of music from all parts of the globe to inspire the sounds and dance that will take place in Cygnet, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January.

Check out the downloadable programme.


Tasmanian Times journalist Karen Dedenczuk is a long term volunteer with the Cygnet Folk Festival and has seen many changes over the years. Karen  will be around the traps to interview musicians,  patrons and visitors alike.

It is her premise something old has become new and fashionable again, akin to the zero waste movement, community gardening and slow cook trend. It is this angle that Karen will report from young peoples response as to the importance of folk music, its relevance in todays culture and significance into the future.

What is it about the songs and the instruments that appeal to young people? She will focus on the importance of Tasmanian folk music to our own island culture … from the Huon and Channel to our wild western and surreal eastern coasts, north to our Furneaux Islands. How does our landscape drive the  musical stories we compose?

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