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Boolarra Folk Festival 2014

Virtual folk festival

Virtual folk festival

Boolarra Folk Festival 2014

The next Boolarra Folk Festival will look a little different

Planning for the 2021 Boolarra Folk Festival is well underway, with a major change to how the award-winning festival has been operating for the last 18 years.

The next festival on 27 and 28 February will be 'virtual', streaming out to the world to promote this popular Gippsland community event.

President of the Boolarra Folk Festival, Rick Teychenne said “Covid 19 in our world has made it impossible to hold our regular outdoor festival in 2021.

“The Boolarra Folk Festival Committee’s decision to change the format is all about the safety of our audiences and communities.”

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The Committee has agreed to forge ahead for 2021 but it in a different way to previous years.

“Other festivals have taken similar approaches, with the Melbourne Jazz, Melbourne Comedy and also the Morwell International Rose Festivals going virtual. We thought we could do this as well,” Mr Teychenne said.

“Keeping music live during these tough times is important for our health and wellbeing, and we need to assist our communities and musicians by presenting a new approach.”

The 2021 Festival will stream live with selected musicians who have performed over the last 18 years, hosted by a special and well-known presenter.

The Committee will also look at innovative ways to promote the market stall holders and community groups that have made been a major part of previous festivals.

The 2021 Festival will support local musicians, and video, sound and lighting engineers, as they have not been able to work due to Covid 19.

“Having the wonderful support of our dedicated Festival Committee and our valued sponsors provides us with the confidence to plan for a new format in 2021," Mr Teychenne said.

"It will be really exciting to explore new ways of developing next year’s Festival, and we will learn a lot from other festivals that are using similar approaches.

“We have a lot to do to present the next Boolarra Folk Festival and we will endeavour to bring another free festival to our audiences on the 27th of February 2021.”

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