This page is regularly updated with details of forthcoming folk music and dance events in Tasmania. This page is maintained as a free community service by the Folk Federation of Tasmania who accept no responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of information supplied to us for listing on this page.
Check our Regular Events Page for details of regular events (dances, clubs and sessions) across the state.
See our Venues page for information about some venues around the state.
See our Festivals and Events section for information about major annual festivals and events.
5th – 6th April 2014
St Marys, east coast, Tasmania
Saturday 5th April
St Marys Town Hall
3:00 – 5:00pm Regency dance workshop – Learn dances for the evening’s ball. No partner or dancing experience required.
Calligraphy workshops, sewing circles, indoor games/activities, Fashion Parade. Afternoon tea to purchase.
7:00 – 9:30pm Grand Regency Ball – Dress to impress (regency dress encouraged).
No partner or dancing experience required.
Music by Tasmanian Harp Society.
Dancing master: David Wanless
(Even if you do not wish to dance – you are welcome to come to listen to the music).
Entry cost $7 ($5 BODRA member) or $15 family ($10 BODRA family)
Sunday 6th April
Anglican Church, St Marys
10:00 am Old-fashioned Church Service (feel free to come dressed in costume)
Please bring a plate of morning tea to share.
Other activities and venues to be announced soon – including a BYO picnic lunch, street promenade, and possible informal dancing.
For more information, contact:
Hannah 0417 528 088 or
Note: The Jane Austen Festival follows the Break O’Day Woodcraft Guild open day with market stalls from 10:00 – 3:00 – music, food, model trains and planes, a snake pit, etc.
Delicious Klezmer music from
Eastern European Jewry spiced with
Gypsy and Middle-Eastern flavours!
An exclusive event!!
A Klezmer concert
An Eastern European supper
The River’s Edge Cafe
38 Tannery Rd, Longford
Saturday 5th April, 8pm
2013 audiences describe performances as inspiring,
energetic, colourful and delicious = Tshuka!!
Combines Klezmer concert & Eastern European supper
Limited tickets. Pre-bookings essential
to River’s Edge Cafe: Phone 0405 331 964
7th April, 5th & 19th May, 2nd & 16th June (1st and 3rd Mondays of Apr, May and June 2014 (except Easter, 21st Apr))
Wesley Hall, 58 Melville St, Hobart (Upstairs—use side door)
Social workshops for those who want to dance more contra or those who’ve never tried it before. Learn new dances, figures and flourishes — the Mad Robin, the Gypsy Hey, swings, twirls, shadows and ocean waves.
Come along and find out why they say that contra dancers are “Traditional, progressive and frequently improper.”
Open mic for dance callers, including Sarah Lewis and David Wanless
Cool music by hot fiddler Ross Smithard (Devil’s Own)
Tickets at the door: $10 / $8 (student special)
All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required. All ages welcome.
Contra dancing is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively, social, swingy dance style from the USA, which has exploded in popularity in recent decades. This rapidly developing tradition is popular with all ages, including a vibrant university scene. Done to simple walking steps, it features flowing movements, lots of swings and twirls, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation, including using your moves from Swing, Cajun, Tango, flatfootin’ and other dance styles.
If you’re not smiling, you’re not dancing!
The Bush Dance is a free family friendly smoke and alcohol free, bring-a-plate event held at the Copping Hall, located just off the Arthur Hwy in Copping at 6pm on the second Saturday of every second month; starting on the 8th of February, and features live bands and callers from south Tasmania.
This is a community event, funded by the Australian Red Cross January 2013 Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal and run by members, including youth, of the community.
List of events – 8th of February, 12th of April, 14th of June, 9th of August, 11th of October and the 13th of December
SAT. 26TH APRIL ‘14
WESLEY HALL, 58 MELVILLE ST, HOBART
Featuring Brian “The Flute” Owens, Heath Richardson, Sharon Tilgner, Roy Newman, Peter Grubb and dance caller Sarah Lewis
$16/ $14 (concession)/ $13 (member)/ $8 (student special)
0409 218 414
Golden sax, ancient gaida
Xenos steal your heart and feet with music of the Balkans
Display by the Hobart Hellenic Dancers
SAT 31st MAY ‘14
7:30-11:30pm, Wesley Hall,
58 Melville St, Hobart
$16 / $14 (conc.) / $13 (member) / $8 (student special)
All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome. Please bring a plate of supper.
For over 20 years, Xenos have been touring Europe and Australia, inspiring the dancers wherever they go.
Gypsy style dances of life from Macedonia, Greece and their neighbours.
0409 218 414
Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc.
See also http://www.xenosmusic.com
Major Annual Festivals and Events
Rosebery Festival - www.facebook.com/roseberyfestival 3rd or 4th weekend in Feb every year.
Celtic Summer School, January each year, presented by Celtic Southern Cross
Music Under the Southern Cross is at Campaspe Downs, Victoria, Jan 12th – 17th 2014
The Folk Federation of Tasmania is sponsoring a $500 Scholarship!
See the entry form
Previous winners are listed on the sponsorship page
For details of tutors, workshops and other activities, see Celtic Summer School
Australian Wooden Boat Festival - Hobart, February every second year.
Rosebery Festival (Axemen, Bushmen, Miners, Blarney) – February/March long-weekend. See also http://www.westernwilderness.com.au/rosebery_tasmania
St Patrick’s Day festival – Westbury- weekend near St Patrick’s Day, March.
Fleadh Ceol - weekend of Irish music in March each year
Ten Days on the Island - Tasmanian international arts festival in March every second year, which often includes folk acts