Cygnet Folk Festival
11 January 15
Once a year, the little village of Cygnet — less than an hour’s drive south from Hobart — is transformed into a bustling international music festival. This year, professional acts from as far away as Denmark joined Tasmanian musicians as part of the official Cygnet Folk Festival line-up.
It was a pleasure to meet up again with our friends from the Hobart contra dancing group. I felt like we had returned to the embrace of a small, vibrant community.
This activity was the only ticketed event I got to all weekend, as we were busy the rest of the time with kids’ activities or at camp. Still, as the girls get older, I know we’ll start participating in music festivals at a more sophisticated level.
During the day, thousands of spectators merged with the performers on the street and in the parks. Venues offered master-classes, workshops and concerts. Everything from slam poetry to finger-picking was on offer, and we loved to browse the market stalls which showcased the best of Tasmanian crafts.
We camped alongside Taka last summer, and he’s still carrying a note in his wallet that Brioni wrote for him. It says, “I am your number 1 fan.” Taka started playing the hang last year and has since used it to busk his way around the world, travelling to Europe last year and returning to Australia for the summer.
The magic of Cygnet Folk Festival is in the crowds who eagerly participate in the events, who share the communal spaces at the campground and who cheer the musicians who are brave enough to perform in public. We love coming to Cygnet Folk Festival, and as soon as tickets go on sale in September, we’ll be securing our places at next year’s event!