WoW! As usual, we have been blown away by the calibre of applications we have received this year. The standard has been very high and our only disappointment, is that we can’t accept everyone. YFF, is a small festival with limited venues and as such, there are only so many spots available for performers during the weekend. You should receive an email shortly, advising whether or not you have been successful this time and what happens next. For those who miss out, please don’t despair. These are very uncertain times we live in and anything can happen. Keep trying and you will get a spot somewhere eventually as persistence pays. If you have talent, someone will spot it soon enough. Meantime, stay safe and well and we’ll see you in Yack sometime soon. Now, where’s that crystal ball of mine gone?
Following two years of being forced to cancel YFF, we are very pleased to announce the dates for next year’s Yackandandah Folk Festival, which will be run from Friday March 25 until Sunday March 27 2022. This date is one week later than normal due to the change of date for the March Labour Day Long Weekend in Victoria, which is now on the second weekend in March rather than the first as it normally is.
As usual, YFF will follow the Port Fairy and Blue Mountains Folk Festivals, so this means we’ll have some top flite artists doing the circuit and coming through here on their way to the Nationals in Canberra. At this stage, we cannot be sure if overseas artists will be able to travel to Australia but that doesn’t mean you will have to settle for second best. Not with the amount of incredibly talented Australian and our good friends “across the ditch” (NZ) artists who will no doubt be keen to tread the boards once again. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months but in the meantime, start planning your festival itinerary to include a visit to our lovely little town next year. We look forward to seeing you all again. It’s been so long and we can’t wait to welcome you all back to Yack.
Cheers The YFF Committee
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the official cancellation of the 2021 Yackandandah Folk Festival. Uncertainty about border closures, everchanging Government regulations around Covid-19 and its cousins as well as many other factors have meant we must again err on the side of caution and act out of respect for our community, our loyal attendees and performers over many years. Several alternatives had been investigated, like running a smaller event using only local and Victorian artists but without an insurer who is willing to accept the risk of Covid infection, our only choice is to cancel. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all in 2022.
The YFF Organising Committee
Hi folks. You’ve probably been wondering what is happening with the 2021 Yackandandah Folk Festival. Well, like a lot of other events, we have decided that due to the current restrictions, staging the festival in anything like our normal format will be impossible. The Victorian Government are doing their level best to ease restrictions as soon as possible. However, they cannot predict the date when even regional areas like ours will move into what they refer to as a “Covid Normal” (unrestricted audience numbers) situation. The YFF committee have been exploring several alternative options, including the possibility of staging a “live-streaming” event featuring an all Victorian line up of performers. We continue to work closely with local Government authorities on putting together a viable event. We are hoping to announce a firm decision some time in November this year. Meantime, we’d like to say a big thank you to those ticket holders and event sponsors who have very generously chosen to donate their ticket costs and sponsorship money towards helping us pay some of our ongoing costs. This has in turn allowed us to make supporting payments totalling some $15,000 to those Australian musicians who were booked to play at YFF 2020 as well as all the local area community groups who were set to raise important funds during the festival weekend to help offset some of their respective losses. This was totally unexpected and we are truly humbled by your actions. Please watch this space for further developments as they come to hand. Finally, stay healthy and well and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Yackandandah again very soon.
The YFF Organising Committee
Hi folks. It’s certainly been been some year so far. At present, the COVID-19 situation still remains a day by day issue for all of Australia and indeed, the World. At this point in time, we are planning to stage the festival in 2022. The dates are Friday the 25th through to Sunday the 27th March 2022, which is one week later than normal, due to the Victorian government’s decision to move the Labour Day Weekend. May we suggest that you pencil these dates in your calendars and keep your fingers crossed? Please stay tuned for further news as it comes to hand as this website will be updated with any forthcoming information as soon as possible.
Also, if anyone has a crystal ball they’re not using which they would be willing to lend to us, please get in touch! Stay safe and keep well everyone
The Yackandandah Folk Festival Committee.