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Concerts: Afternoon concerts are made up of a mix of guest artists’ concerts or blackboard concerts. Evening concerts are more formal and generally provide the main musical focus of the festival, featuring all the main guest artists and more! More>>
Workshops: informal, educational and fun! Workshops cater to musicians and non-musicians alike. A great experience and a learning curve for all attendees. More>>
Blackboard and kids concerts: An opportunity to play to an appreciative audience while you perform under the eye of our experienced sound technicians – while using professional sound equipment.

Festival Choir: The choir is led by the experienced and inspirational Jillie Toogood. A great opportunity to socialize/harmonise and share your love of singing. All will encourage you to give it a go and participate.

Kids Educational and Entertainment Program: Designed to stimulate and educate the young attendees of the festival, jam-packing their time with captivating treats. Run and supervised by professional child educators and entertainers.
Children’s Blackboard Concert: The festival children are our next generation of performers. These blackboard concerts provide a concert platform where the children can sing / dance / do instrumentals / tell stories – anything they choose. You are encouraged to encourage your children.

Storytelling and Poetry: stand-up fun with words your chance to present your own writings or your favourite poems


Ceilidh: Vic McDonald will be the caller just change our his name to replace Trevor Robertson. Gaelic dance party – family-friendly way to meet other festival attendees.

Jam Sessions: the camp rings with the sound of music in these informal sessions

Yoga: Start Saturday and Sunday mornings with Restorative Yoga with Jim Small. Jim has been on a 25 year journey with yoga; initially as cross-training for football, and currently as a teacher. Jim seeks to meet all students as they are, and offer something that will extend them individually as well as unite them. Come and stretch your aching bones and start the day feeling good. No experience necessary.

Dance Party: Led by the ukulele extravaganza Secret Lives of Ukulele, who bring dance moving music where enthusiasm meets the dance vibe. Boogie your dancing shoes away with the late-night Friday bash

Blind Date: put your name down to join a band led by a guest artist – practice a song to perform on the main stage

Youth Band: Coached by experienced sound tech and musicians, the youth band performs on the main stage to show off their new skills

Silver Beaver Lodge: Sunday night pre-concert dress up party – this years theme is “Waipara Illuminations”, where there are sure to be light-heartedness, bright sparks, and which leading light will you be appearing as?

Uke Choir: – A conducted community ukulele experience enabling all
levels of players to participate with ease. It is a great way to learn, and so far removed from traditional teaching, as you’ll be strumming and singing rather than slowly picking your way.

Waipara Adventure Centre: – will be leading small groups through their rope climbing challenge with fully trained guides. Conditions and additional charges apply.
Other Children’s Entertainment:
1) Waterslide and trampoline
2) Swimming hole – lets hope the weather is good and the water not too swift. Please supervise ALL children of ALL ages, at ALL times.
3) outward bound course – for parents and older kids alike. Situated at the end of the rugby field.
4) Flying fox – tie those pony tails up …For the older ones only.




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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

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