Folk in the Forest Friday 19th - Sunday 21st November
Folk in the Forest was born after a group of bush walkers spent a weekend in Dwellingup in preparation for a planned Coast to Coast walk in England. Banksia Springs was our home for that weekend and our after-dinner chat indicated that a return visit to this lovely spot would be highly desirable. All of us being folkies from way back, a musical weekend was proposed and a further suggestion by Steve Hogan that it should be a fundraising event for Little Folk was agreed. Our host, Geoff Bell, creator of Banksia Springs immediately booked us in for the third weekend in November. That was 2006 and this year we’ll hold our 16th festival!
We’ve had lots of fun in those sixteen years. Performers from Ireland, England and America along with many Western Australian and interstate artists have willingly given their time and talent free of charge. This, along with Geoff Bell’s donation of his accommodation costs has enabled us to raise in excess of $225,000.00 for cancer research at Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
This is a unique festival with a very special quality --- the enthusiastic audience spend the weekend with the artists and really get to enjoy their company. We breakfast together, enjoy a ramble in the jarrah forest (if we’re up early enough) and sing, dance and play into the wee small hours.
Numbers are limited. Last festival sold out in a day and a half, so you have to look lively when tickets go on sale.
The dates for this year’s Folk in the Forest are 19th to 21st November. Ticket sales will open at 9.00am on Monday 30th August.