Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

The 43rd Canterbury Folk Festival was another great success, these pictorial illustrations (above) show in some small way the warm atmosphere, fabulous musicianship and family-friendly fun that was had by those who attended. Watch this space for updates about 2019’s festival.

Some feedback received so far:

Just a wee note to express my huge appreciation, thanks and aroha to you and your committee for the understated energy, commitment, competence, organisational complexity composed, fun manner in which you organised the festival. NOBODY – not directly involved – realizes the efforts required to deliver such an event – it was first class!


Congratulations on another successful Festival.
Kind regards

Really enjoyed the day at Waipara. Congratulations on such a fine programme!
Kind regards

Thank you to Deirdre Main, Phil Corfield, Mary McLean and Judi Smitheram for the photos.

Join us tomorrow morning at 8.40am as we talk with Kelli from the Tron about our up coming gig at Nivara Lounge and jam through our soon to be released new single Calling Out on Hamiltons own Free FM. We had such an amazing time this weekend at the Canterbury Folk Festival; We closed out the night in true Alaskan style (loud and proud), during our youth songwriting session we collectively wrote a song about potatoes (subject graciously provided by Nixie Jackson lol), we attended some amazing concerts and workshops, ate far too much delicious food and met some truly incredible people along the way! So many talented artists in a wonderful festival environment 🙂 we couldn’t be happier ❤ #canterburyfolkfestival #lookingforalaskanz #freefm #nivaralounge #potatosong #dougthespud #newsingle #callingout

Posted by Looking For Alaska NZ on Monday, 2 April 2018

Take a look at one of 2018 guest artists ‘Looking for Alaska‘ during their Youth Songwriting Session.

44th Canterbury Folk Festival, 19-22 April 2019 - a family-friendly weekend featuring the best in acoustic/folk music at the Waipara Adventure Centre, North Canterbury

2019 performer applications have now closed.

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Thank you for your interest in the Canterbury Folk Music Festival. If you require any additional information about the event or how to apply, please contact us:

Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140
ph: 027-454-3885