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Auckland Folk Festival 2023

New Zealand's largest folk festival is making its post-COVID return.
By Sarah Templeton
November 01, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
November 01, 2022

Acoustic guitars, breathy voices and melodic tales of love and hardship will be on the menu as the Auckland Folk Festival rolls into town during Anniversary Weekend. Making its musical return after two years of restrictions and a COVID-19-related hiatus in 2022, the 50th anniversary of the festival will be taking place at Kumeu Showgrounds over four days from January 27- January 30 2023.

A lineup of international and local folk acts will be taking the stage, including the three-part harmonies of Melbourne/Naarm-based Folk Bitch Trio, Edinburgh-based duo The Jellyman's Daughter, local Maori songwriter and storyteller Te Kaahu, US folk music star Sneaky Bone and Irish fiddle player Manus McGuire — as well as many more.

Attendees will get to enjoy traditional dance performances and songwriting competitions — and even give it a go themselves in workshops and classes during the festival. Children's concerts and sessions will keep the young ones entertained and of course, there will plenty of delicious food trucks and spots to relax in the showgrounds' lush surroundings. Those keen to make a weekend of it can camp onsite while locals can make a day of it — the showgrounds are only 15 minutes from Auckland's CBD after all.

Earlybird tickets and family passes are available now — head to the website for more information.

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