The community of Numeralla will celebrate 42 years of folk from the 22nd to the 25th of January 2016. The festival is the proud winner of the Community Event of the Year presented on Australia Day by the Cooma Monaro Shire Council in 2015.
The Numeralla Folk Festival is the last traditional “free” folk festival in Australia. There are no tickets – entertainment and camping are completely free. Visitors and locals all enjoy a long weekend of music, poetry, dance, markets, dips in the river, and yarns around the campfire.
Highlights of the 42nd festival will include the Youth Showcase on the Friday night where young musicians from the region will be displaying their musical mastery. This year’s performers all successfully competed in the Australian National Busking Championships held in November 2015. There will be bush dances on the Saturday and Sunday nights, and all the usual events – dance and music workshops (all ages and no prior skill required), poetry, and the Saturday afternoon blackboard concert – seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way.
Sunday morning’s Markets showcase local sustainable produce. Amble about and sample the fresh food delights, pick up a bargain, listen to some Numeralla bluegrass music, and have a cuppa. After the markets, head to the Hall for bluegrass and jam sessions.
Numeralla is located 20km east of Cooma in NSW. There are no shops in the village but you can eat and drink heartily from the kitchen, BBQ and bar at the hall. There are two large campgrounds located at the junction of the Numeralla and Badja rivers, and a “quiet” campground at the tennis courts. A dedicated band of community volunteers ensure that the campgrounds and hall are ready, the bar is stocked, the BBQ is sizzling, and the kitchen is waiting to tempt everyone with freshly cooked meals and goodies.
The kitchen, BBQ, bar, raffle and t-shirt sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to community groups in the village including the local bushfire brigades, tennis club, and hall.
Numeralla welcomes one-and-all to come along and contribute to the weekend, and soak up the traditional atmosphere of the 42nd Numeralla Folk Festival.
Phone: Jim Wharton 6453 3254, 0448 755 198
Fran Robertson 6453 3282, 0427 396 564
Markets: Sue Millner 6453 3306