Judy Small at the 2007 festival
Vardos playing wild gypsy music
at the 2008 festival
are a feature of our festival
Mal Webb and friends having fun
at the 2008 festival
The Toe Sucking Cowgirls and Damon
Davies at the 2006 festival
Dance demonstrations and workshops
are an integral part of the festival
International acts like The Beez
from Germany (2007 & 2009)
Workshops are an integral part of the festival.
Here Nancy Kerr from UK teaches fiddle at the 2009 festival
Plenty of camping sites in a rural setting
but close to all venues
About the Festival
Performers and audiences alike have described this festival as "the best little folk festival in the country" (Bob McInnes - Cornstalk Gazette). See the gallery of photographs from previous festivals and some video and audio recordings from the 2010 festival.
Cobargo is situated on the far south coast of New South Wales, mid-way between Narooma and Bega. It is about three hours drive from Canberra and about five hours from Sydney (Click here for a map) Bus services between Sydney and Melbourne stop at Cobargo. The nearest airport is at Merimbula. [see more information and accommodation listings]
The festival started out as a small celebration in the village centre but the growth in popularity of the festival resulted in a move to the Cobargo Showground in 2005. This has been recognised as a positive move in the development of the festival due to the beautiful rural setting, ample space and excellent facilities (including onsite camping with all amenities). Being fully self-contained means that it is great for young children and the festival is very family-friendly. It has also enabled the expansion of both the children’s activities and the dance program.
The Cobargo Showground is situated on the Bermagui Road. It's a short walk to the Cobargo village where there is a good pub, coffee shops, a supermarket and service station. There's also some tempting craft and antique shops. A huge range of food and craft stalls are also provided as part of the festival.
The organisers are all volunteers and the festival itself could not operate without the wonderful people who volunteer their time during the weekend of the festival each year. Volunteering gives a different perspective of the festival, enhances enjoyment and gives free admission. Many volunteers have such a good time that they volunteer year after year. Interested in volunteering? Visit the volunteers page on this website to learn how.
Festival attendees will experience a full program of concerts, workshops, dances, poets breakfasts, comedy acts, sessions, intimate blackboard concerts, plus exotic food stalls, bar and refreshments. This is a very friendly festival and judging from the many accolades from last year's festival it just keeps getting better.
The Cobargo Folk Festival has become a regular treat for residents of the South Coast and many visitors from NSW and interstate. You might like to stay awhile and explore this beautiful region. There's lots to do; beautiful beaches and the historic town of Tilba nearby, visit Bega Cheese and local wineries, explore the stunning local national parks. Have a look at the Sapphire Coast tourism website and our Useful Links page for more information
So for a great time - HEAD FOR COBARGO!
Change of Date for the 2015 Festival
Normally the Festival is held on the last weekend fully in February and the 2015 Festival was originally scheduled for 20th-22nd February. However we have only just learned that the Cobargo (agricultural) Show which is normally held two weeks before the Cobargo Folk Festival has had to schedule their show on the 14-15th Feb (to fit into the national show circuit calendar). This would have left us only 3 days to set up for the Cobargo Folk Festival which is impossible. It is a credit to our construction team that they can convert the showground into the festival site in 10 days and that is the time required. So we have rescheduled the Cobargo Folk Festival to the following weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, particularly to those who have booked accommodation in advance.
The new dates: 27th February - 1st March 2015
Message from Dr Peter Hendy MP
"As Member for Eden-Monaro, I wish the organisers and many volunteers of the 19th Cobargo Folk Festival every success. As a showcase for a strong local indigenous culture, an opportunity for fostering emerging talent, and a stage for better-known Australian and international acts, the Cobargo Folk Festival is proving to be a significant attraction to the South Coast."
Information pages for the 2013 festival have been archived. Click here to access those pages
To see an excellent gallery of photos from the 2013 festival by Prem Samira, click here
The Yuin Folk Club has produced a sampler CD
featuring 20 acts appearing at the 2014 Cobargo Folk Festival.
Click here for more details
Links to some video clips and audio recordings of the 2010 festival, including the ABC recordings
and some mini-documentary videos by Tony Hunt are available on the 2010 festival page. Click here
The Yuin Folk Club Inc would like to thank the following
companies and organisations for their continuing support of the Cobargo Folk Festival
Bega Valley Shire Council
Click here for a complete list of sponsors & supporters
with links to their websites
The Yuin Folk Club Inc gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance by the following organisations:
Australian Government Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - Volunteers Grant Program
The majority of the photographs of the festival on this website were taken by Prem Samira
and the Yuin Folk Club gratefully acknowledges Prem for their use
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