A Day in a Perfect World
I’m sure you may have heard about the National Folk Festival held every Easter at Exhibition Park in Canberra. You may have dismissed it as soon as we hit the word “folk” with the connotations this word provokes. I thought I would share my experience of the National Folk Festival, a festival that is truly for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Entering the grounds the air is perfumed with a blend of food from around the world, incense, and people who are thoroughly enjoying the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the festival.
Colour surrounds you with flags flying overhead, the market stalls selling clothing, lanterns and unique knick-knacks, or the open air stages featuring cultural dancers cloaked in traditional costumes.
The handcrafted instruments on sale are divine and the opportunity to watch these masters at work in front of you is an experience worth making time for.
My personal highlight of the festival would have to be the array of food from some of the world’s most exotic cultures. Spending the day sharing plates of food from the multitude of stallholders leaves one satisfied and hungry for more….if only you could fit in one more dish! I guess I will have to come back again tomorrow, before hitting the gym the following week.
All this and I haven’t even started on the music! If you’re a lover of traditional folk music you won’t be disappointed with countless flute and fiddle performances and ukuleles in abundance, but it is so much more than just that. With a range of local, national, and international performers descending on Canberra for the festival there is something to suit everyone’s taste. If you’re still defining your style you can hop from stage to stage for a taste until you find your cup of tea.
The theme of this year’s event is 5 Days in a Perfect World which promises to deliver a riot of colour and sound. Come and experience A Day in a Perfect World for yourself.
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