Looking ahead to Wellyfest 2022

This year’s festival is looking great!

We are now planning for the 2022 Wellington Folk Festival – and, Covid permitting, will hold it for real this year. Most of the invited guests for the 2021 festival have confirmed they’re still keen so planning is well ahead. The line-up will be fabulous as always and we’re really looking forward to sharing more news about this year’s festival in the coming months.

News from the AGM

The AGM was held on 22 February and we can confirm the 2022 Committee is as follows:

President – Gerard Hudson
Secretary – Jan Barnes
Treasurer – Sarah Duckworth
Committee – Kevin Ikin, Don Mackay, Ruth Birnie, Andrew Bicknell, Cara Brasted, Hugh Dingwall

Welcome to the committee Cara and Hugh, and thanks so much for agreeing to be nominated. Thanks for your ongoing support Gerard, Andrew, Don, Jan, Sarah, Kevin and Ruth. 

Thanks so much for your years of support to Jude, Simon and Dusty, who have stepped down. 

Impact of Covid-19

Keeping our folk whānau safe

Hi everyone

The Wellington Folk Festival Committee met on Monday and sadly, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival out of an abundance of caution and for everyone’s safety – including the financial safety of the festival.

With the current status of Covid alert level restrictions, the very real possibility that those restrictions may continue into the festival period, and with the risk of change being imposed with little warning during the festival we feel there is simply too much risk in continuing with commitments to the 2021 Wellington Folk Festival.

Everyone who has already purchased tickets will be provided with a full refund. However, if you prefer, we can hold these tickets for the 2022 Festival.

Please do contact us if we can provide any information or if you have any questions.

Stay safe…..

for the Wellington Folk Festival Committee

Covid-19 contingency

Tickets are still on sale – but here’s our Covid-19 contingency plan

Hi everyone

In my last update I said, the one thing that could get in the way is if NZ returns to Covid alert level 2 before mid October. We can’t run the festival if we are at an alert level higher than 1 in the week before the festival. But that’s 8 weeks away so it’s still possible for us to go ahead as planned if the current outbreak comes under control in the next few weeks.

We are monitoring the position on an almost daily bases. The committee will be meeting after the end of next week to review the potential for a return to “normal”.

At this stage we haven’t closed the ticketing system – and be assured if the worst happens, and we cancel, every paid booking will be fully refunded.

Details of the ticket prices and our great guests are all here on the festival web site and we’ll be posting profiles and info on our Facebook page regularly from here on. The programme is coming together nicely but is still being tweaked. We will publish it closer to the festival.

If you are wanting to pre-purchase tickets, here’s the link to the ticketing system:

Stay safe and be kind…..

for the Wellington Folk Festival Committee

Tickets are on sale now!!

Hi everyone

Great excitement for the Wellyfest organisers! I’m delighted to let you know that Wellyfest 2021 tickets are now available online.

We’ve been a bit more ambitious in terms of festival content this year – wait till you see the programme… We’re also making some site and setup changes to improve safety. Unfortunately these have added to costs but we’ve been able to contain our prices so no tickets have increased by more than $5.

… if you just want to dive into the web site to buy your tickets, here’s the link:

Here is a summary of this year’s ticket prices:

As always, bunks are available in limited numbers. They are available on a first come first served basis at $70 for the weekend.

Like last year, we will absorb the credit card and booking system processing fees so the price you see is what you will pay.

We are looking forward to another great Kiwi festival …. we’ll be adding more detail about our guests and programme to the website and facebook.

The only thing that could get in the way is if NZ returns to level 2 Covid before mid October. Be assured if that happens, any prepaid registrations will be fully refunded.

Stay safe and be kind…..

for the Wellington Folk Festival Committee

2021 Festival Guests

The news has been out for a while now, so some of you already know who our guests for this year are.

If you’ve not heard here they are…

Andrew London DuoŌtaki
AroTāmaki-makau-rau – Auckland
Bill Hickman BandTe Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington
Butter Wouldn’t MeltWaikanae
Celtic FerretTāmaki-makau-rau – Auckland
Cotton Daisy BackstepTe Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington
Fiddlesticks BandTe Tai Poutini – West Coast
Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeillTe Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington
Julian McKean & Chris PriestleyAotearoa – New Zealand
Nigel Parry and friendsTe Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington
The PenmansKirikiriroa – Hamilton
The Shicka ChickasTe Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington
WAI.TAIAotearoa – New Zealand
You, Me, EverybodyAotearoa – New Zealand

We’re excited about the mix brought by this varied lineup of local Kiwi talent and are looking forward to a festival every bit as good as last year. There is a mix of real tradition with contemporary writers and interpreters of several strands of our indigenous and imported folk traditions.

If we are at Alert level 2 in October, all this planning may be lost but at this stage we’re carrying on regardless!! As usual, ticket sales will open in early August (if we have to cancel the festival at any state, we will provide full refunds).

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Wellington Regional Folk Foundation Inc

Date:    Sunday, 28 March 2021
Time:    2pm
Where: Upstairs at The Sprig & Fern, Tinakori Road, Thorndon


  1. Present
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the 2020 AGM
  4. Matters Arising (not covered elsewhere in the agenda)
  5. President’s report
  6. 2020 Performance Report including Annual Financial Statements
  7. Election of the committee:
    a. President
    b. Treasurer
    c. Secretary
    d. Committee members (up to 7)
  8. Appointment of the Reviewer
  9. Setting of the subscription
  10. General business

Please note that if you wish to nominate someone for a committee role who is NOT able to be present at the meeting, you will need to bring with you written confirmation (an email will do) of their willingness to stand.

Wellington Regional Folk Foundation AGM

The AGM will be held on 28 March at 2pm, at Sprig and Fern (upstairs room), 342 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington.

The Wellington Regional Folk Foundation Inc organises each year’s Wellington Folk Festival (Wellyfest). The AGM is your opportunity to learn how the festival went last year from the festival’s Annual Reports and accounts. If you’re keen to be involved and contribute to the running of Wellyfest there will be opportunities for new members to join the committee.

The committee currently has the maximum allowed 10 members but two of last year’s committee have indicated they will not stand again. We are looking for a secretary (minutes, official record keeping and meeting management) and would be happy if someone would consider joining us to assist with practical organisation – especially the volunteer and/or contracted teams that look after: the festival gate – registrations, cash takings, security; and site hygiene.

Nominations for committee members are welcome. Nominees need to agree to accept nomination so if the nominee cannot attend the AGM we will need their agreement to be nominated in writing and in advance. 

Please send nominations (or enquiries or expressions of interest) to info@wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz.

To vote at the meeting you need to have paid the annual membership subs ($1). Subs can be paid on the day at the start of the meeting.

Guest Applications Still Open

Guest applications for the 2021 Festival close on 7 February!

If you have a great offering for our festival next October we’d love to hear from you. Variety is the spice of festival life and want to hear from you even if you think you sit outside the traditional expectations of “folk music” – whatever they are!

To do that we are looking for great talent to perform, host workshops and lead our kids’ and dance programmes. If you’d like to be in the programme in any of these capacities (or know people who might), here is a link to our online application form: https://form.jotform.com/203071709496863

Feel free to forward this email and link to your friends or anyone you’d like to see on our guest list. Applications are encouraged in any of these areas:

  • Concerts or other performance
  • Dance in a variety of traditional and modern styles
  • Workshops on dance, musicianship, performance, specific instruments, cultural and historic influences and evolution of folk music and dance
  • Learning (and fun) activities for kids

The application form has specific guidance on how to put together your application. It’s important to complete the form in full so we have a consistent basis for comparing potential guests and preparing a rough programme. The application form is not for village green (stallholders and traders) or catering. We’ll arrange those separately.

Because the world is still affected severely by Covid-19 we are working on the basis that we are highly unlikely to be able to consider applicants from outside New Zealand (and possibly Australia). We will keep you informed by email, Facebook and our web site of any developments that affect our planning.

We look forward to reviewing all the applications. Subject to pandemic constraints, we expect to be in contact with shortlisted guests by the end of April.


for the Wellington Folk Festival Committee

2021 applications are open!

After a blast at the 2020 festival, your committee is up for the challenge of repeating the successes next year.  To do that we need great talent to perform, host workshops and lead our dance programme. If you’d like to be in the programme in any of these capacities (or know people who might), here is a link to our online application form.


Applications close on Sunday 7 February.

Feel free to forward this link to your friends or anyone you’d like to see on our guest list.

Help us make next year’s festival even better!

This year’s festival was fabulous and we’d like to make next year’s even better. If you you haven’t filled out our feedback form already, please spare a few moments to share your views.

Here is a link to the feedback form: https://form.jotform.com/203107674204043

Even if you didn’t come to the festival, we’d like to know why.

Thanks again from all your committee….. now starting the prep for 2021.