New Edinburgh Folk Club Festivals
Currently the NEFC runs two festivals on the New Zealand folk calendar, the Whare Flat Folk Festival and the Waimate Folk Festival.
Whare Flat Folk Festival
Festival website: www.whareflat.org.nz
Run annually by the New Edinburgh Folk Club since 1975, the Whare Flat Folk Festival brings you four days of concerts, workshops, entertainment and relaxation in the superb Waiora Scout Camp in the Whare Flat valley just outside of Dunedin. You couldn't choose a better place to chill out after Christmas and welcome in the New Year!
The Whare Flat Festival is unique, as anyone who's been will attest; it's a small (around 500 participants), intimate, interactive gathering of international, national and local guests all mixed up with festival-goers from around New Zealand and the world; where the accent is on getting involved. We provide as much opportunity as possible for your participation in workshops, performances and dance. However, if you want to just sit back and take in the talent, there are concerts running all day and every evening.
From the Mara! website: Llew and Mara performed at the Whare Flat Folk Festival near Dunedin in New Zealand from December 30 to January 2 2002. This is a fantastic small festival, with very enthusiastic and friendly audiences, and a great range of quality local performers.Festival website: www.whareflat.org.nz
Waimate Folk Festival
Formerly the Whitestone Winter Festival.
Festival Website: http://whitestonewinterfolkfestival.weebly.com
First weekend in June (NZ Queen's Birthday),
The Waimate Folk Festival is held every Queen’s Birthday Weekend (to include the first Monday in June) at Gunns Camp near Waimate, South Canterbury. Although small, the festival has been steadily growing in popularity since it began in 1994. Whitestone is a great occasion for performers of all ages and skills, from the beginner to the seasoned professional.
The informal policy is that performers, usually all South Islanders (although this is not a prerequisite), fit in well to the special ambience of this unique event by being willing and available to the festival in general. The friendliness and fun experienced by all of the 120 or so maximum participants is valued by many who return year after year.
Registration includes three nights accommodation (or camping, for the hardy) and continuous entertainment and workshops from Saturday morning to Sunday evening (and the wee hours of Monday).
Photos by Andrew MacKay