The National Folk Festival 2012 – To Cap it All!
By Sebastian Flynn, Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 18 Issue 3 (May 2012)
The National Folk Festival is a three-time winner of the Australian Capital Tourism Awards for Best Festival Event (2008, 2009 and 2011) as well as the National Qantas Award winner for Best Festival Event in Australia in 2009.
One of Australia’s longest-running festival events, it was founded in Victoria in 1967. After migrating interstate annually until 1992, it settled at Exhibition Park in Canberra where it has established itself as a world-class cultural event with an attendance of over 50,000 each Easter.
The Ant Colony
Malcolm Tattersall describes how a very active state school music education program became the basis for a strong musical life in the somewhat isolated North Queensland city of Townsville (population 170,000).