The ANU School of Music and National Folk Festival set to collaborate

The ANU School of Music and National Folk Festival set to collaborate
Interim managing director of the National Folk Festival Chris Grange, left, and the head of the ANU School of Music Kim Cunio announced a three-year partnership for the 2024-26 folk festivals. Picture by Elesa Kurtz
Thursday 30 March 2023

On Tuesday 28 March, the Canberra Times' Ron Cerabona wrote:

"The ANU School of Music and the National Folk Festival announced on Tuesday the signing of a three-year partnership agreement encompassing the 2024, 2025 and 2026 festivals.

It began in 2022, when the School of Music had Tobias Cole lead the festival choir in a performance of My Island Home in the Ngunnawal language that was recorded in the ANU's Yil Lull Recording Studio.

The head of the ANU School of Music, Professor Kim Cunio, said, "I'm a bit of a folkie myself" and that he was a multi-instrumentalist who had performed at the festival in the past. Professor Cunio said the coming together of the festival and the School of Music felt inevitable - two Canberra musical institutions joining forces.

The partnership - which is more in kind than financial - is aimed at increasing opportunities for emerging musicians and broadening musical education.

Some festival performers - Australian and international - will offer masterclasses and workshops to students from Canberra and elsewhere, introducing them to or deepening their knowledge of folk music.

The School of Music will curate and produce a Youth Stage venue for musicians aged from 12 to 25 within the festival and will offer exceptional youth musicians recording time in its studio.

It will also provide opportunities for First Nations musicians to collaborate and record with ANU School of Music staff.

The National Folk Festival and the National Library of Australia's joint Folk Fellowship program will be supplemented. Recipients will receive a visiting academic appointment to the ANU School of Music and a two-day recording studio opportunity."

The 2023 National Folk Festival will be on from April 6 to 10. See:

This content was originally published by The Canberra Times.

You can also read about this partnership in Gina Fairley's recent ARTSHub article.


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