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.
1st and 3rd Mondays of Feb, Mar, Apr 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!
Hot music by
The Devil’s Own
Caller: David Wanless
SAT 29th MAR ’14
Beginner’s workshop 7:30-7:45
Come to learn or brush up on some basic moves!
58 MELVILLE ST HOBART
Tickets at the door:
$16/ $14 (concession)/ $13 (member)/ $8 (student)
All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome.
Dress and attitude: casual.
Please bring a plate of supper.
Groovy tunes, exciting dances. Contra is a rapidly developing, lively dance from the USA which has exploded in popularity in the last few decades, including in a vibrant university scene. Done to a simple walking step, it features flowing movements, many swings, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation.
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
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