Numeralla Folk Festival 2011
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Highlights of this homespun festival are the Bush Dances on Saturday and Sunday nights and Sunday afternoon’s Blackboard Concert, where seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way.
Amble about the Country Markets on Sunday morning to pick up a bargain, hear some Numeralla bluegrass music or have a cuppa.
Other features include dance & bluegrass
workshops – no prior skill required!
Food and Drink
There are no shops in the village but you can eat heartily, from breakfast to supper, at the hall. The kitchen is open from nineish in the morning until stumps, serving snacks, hot & cold beverages, delicious home-cooked meals and goodies. The
bar-b-que serves lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the bar. All are very reasonably priced.
Should you need to stock up on tucker there are shops in Cooma including three supermarkets. Camping gear, music & instrument supplies are well catered for at our sponsor shops in Cooma.
The village of Numeralla is situated at the junction of the Numeralla and Badja Rivers, 22km east of the town of Cooma in south eastern New South Wales.
The main route to the village is via Cooma from the Monaro Highway. If you are approaching from Canberra, turn left just after M & T Motors about 4km north of Cooma, then left at the first crossroads (just after an old railway crossing). Once on this road, go straight ahead for 20 km and you’ll be in the village.
There are other routes by which to approach the village. All involve stretches of unsealed but sound road. Petrol is available in Cooma and Braidwood. Please drive carefully – watch out for wildlife on the road, particularly at dawn and dusk.
Enjoy the picturesque campsites in the village. The main site is at the junction of the two rivers. Turn north, just east of the bridge over the Numeralla River. At this site you can enjoy playing or listening to music almost 24 hours every day around the campfires. There are flushing toilets but no showering facilities (the river is available for refreshing dips). You can park your car next to your tent; for safety reasons, we ask that cars not be driven into the campsite after dark.
There is a designated “quiet” campsite on the western side of the bridge, in the grounds of the tennis courts. It is just a short stroll from the hall.
Fire restrictions for each day will apply to all campsites as required by the Rural Fire Service..
If camping is not your style, there are a number of comfortable motels in Cooma offering inexpensive accommodation.
In 2011 Australia Day is on Wednesday 26th January. There will not be any official activities at the festival on that day or Tuesday but the campground will still be available and plenty of good music there is assured.
6.00pm Welcome at the Supper Room
8.00pm Old Time Dance ~ Hall
10.00am Poets’ Breakfast ~ Tennis Club
11.00am Dance Workshop ~ Hall
1.00pm Blackboard Concert ~ Hall
2.00pm Kid’s Dance Workshop ~ Tennis Club
8.00pm Bush Dance ~ Hall
9.30am Ecumenical Service ~
St John’s Church
(opposite the Hall)
10.00am Country Market in and around
1.30pm Bluegrass Dynamics ~ Hall
2.00pm Kid’s Activities – Tennis Club
3,30pm Waltz & Polka Dance Workshop ~ Tennis Club
8.00pm Bush Dance ~ Hall
10.00am Poet’s Breakfast ~ Tennis Club
10.00am Kid’s Activities ~ Hall
1.00pm Acoustic Farewell ~ Hall
N.B. there may be slight changes to the program during the weekend – after all, it is Numeralla.
There are no tickets. Entry to the festival, the activities and the camping ground are all absolutely free. You don’t have to book, just turn up.
The festival has been running for over three decades, providing a very social and entertaining weekend for folkies and other visitors whilst raising a modest amount of income for Numeralla volunteer groups such as the local bush fire brigade.
The kitchen, bar-b-que, bar and T-shirt sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to community groups in the village. Please support these sales so that we can continue the wonderful tradition of the Numeralla Folk Festival. As far as we know it is the only free festival still running in Australia.
Each year an artist sketches a scene depicting pioneering life or a festival snapshot. Many regular festival goers boast an art gallery in their chest of drawers! At half the price of most festival shirts they are a must-have.
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Cooma School of Music
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
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