Applications for 2019 are open

Applications for guest artists for the 2019 Festival are open.

Full information is on the website on the page 2019 Festival applications.  Applications will be open until 31 January 2019.

If you would like to apply or know of artists that you think should apply to be guests, please pass this information on to them.


Looking for Feedback

The committee is looking for feedback – from everyone who came to the Festival this year, on what you liked and what we can improve – and from those who didn’t, about why you didn’t come and what we can do to get you to come back again.

The survey has been emailed out to all those on our mailing list but, if you’re not on it and would like to respond, the survey can be found here. 

It will be open until 16 November.

Wonderful Wellyfest 2018

Thank you to everyone who was at the Wellington Folk Festival over the weekend! The guest artists were fabulous, the audiences marvellous, the Village Green stalls and weather were amazing.

P1050408The committee will be de-briefing (in the meeting sense) soon, after we recover fully, and looking toward the 55th festival. We will also be opening applications for Wellyfest 2019 before the end of this year and will let you know both on the website and through facebook when that happens.

Again, thank you all and see you next year!

Video posted of Terence Blacker this morning at Alastair’s Music

Festival guest, Terence Blacker, performed his song for musicians with a (lengthy) past at Alastair’s Music this morning.  See the video here.

If you’d like to see more of Terence and other guests, gate sales open at 3pm on Friday, with full weekend tickets and day/half day/evening passes all available.

To get to the Festival site, go to Wainuiomata, and then follow the signs to Moores Valley.  Turn left up the valley road and drive approximately 10kms to Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre.

Breaking news!

We’ve had a couple of changes to the programme.

Firstly, we’ve had no interest in Maire’s Hands on Harp class on Monday morning so, after consulting with her, we’ve cancelled it.

Instead, Maire will run a workshop on seventeenth and eighteenth century Irish harp music by composers other than Turlough O’Carolan.

Maire says – We’ll explore the beautiful legacy of music left by the lesser-known Irish harper – composers such as the Connellan Brothers and Cornelius Lyons, learn one or two of their tunes and discuss interpretation, harmonisation and accompaniment.


As there will be no personalized tuition involved, this workshop does not have an extra charge for it.

The second change is that we will swap over the location of Maire’s workshop with Chris Newman’s guitar class.  The guitar class will now be in the Maire kitchen and the Maire’s workshop will be in the (very aptly named) Maire hall.