Celebrating 40 years in 2022, the Cygnet Folk Festival is worth a trip to Tassie this summer

Celebrating 40 years in 2022, the Cygnet Folk Festival is worth a trip to Tassie this summer

Lior & Domini. Photo by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore

Cygnet Folk Festival will be bringing more than 100 of Australia and New Zealand’s finest musicians to Southern Tasmania in 2022.

More than just the state of mouth-watering cheese, MONA, mind-blowing national parks, delicious wine and a Dutch-inspired tulip farm, Tasmania is also home to several unique cultural festivals, one being the long-running Cygnet Folk Festival. Renowned for attracting world-class acts both internationally and throughout Australia, the Cygnet Folk Festival has evolved into an intricate piece of Southern Tasmania each January, earning global recognition in the world of folk music and as a colourful celebration of local culture and entertainment.

Returning for its 40th edition on January 14-16 2022, the celebrated annual folk music festival will descend upon Cygnet (a village in Southern Tasmania) for three astounding days featuring an exciting diversity of local and international talent, promising to be a vibrant celebration of music and culture.

The key takeaways

  • Cygnet Folk Festival returns to Southern Tasmania on 14 to 16 January 2022
  • Celebrating 40 years, the festival will feature a showcase of eclectic music genres featuring both local and international talent
  • Tickets are on sale now

Keep up with all the festival news, reviews and interviews here.

Continuously championing emerging and established artists that reflect a multitude of cultures, generations, and genres, the festival will next year host the likes of Lior and Domini, Albi & The Wolves (NZ), Australian-Celtic dance band Austral, one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters Frank Yamma, Pitjantjatjara man, Cat Canteri, Kerryn Fields, Charm of Finches, Tracy McNeil and the Good Life, Holly Aroowsmith (NZ) David Bridie, among many others.

With a special focus on local acts, some of Tassie’s finest include Shake Sugaree and As the Crow Flies, Xenos, Montz Matsumoso and Voicestrings, Ross Smithard and Up Jumped Trouble, Dave Steel, Meyers and McNamara, and the ground-breaking sounds of Five Things to Say.

To celebrate the milestone year, the festival will be bringing back artists who have performed at Cygnet over the years, including Mick Flanagan, New Holland Honeyeaters, Bruce Watson, Peter Hicks, Fred Smith and Valanga Khosa with Makepisi, among others. 

With a convivial and inclusive atmosphere and a diverse range of local and international artists on offer, the Cygnet Folk Festival is an essential annual event for the dedicated music lover. However, there’s more than just music to immerse yourself in.

This year the festivities kicks off with an African Feast featuring a performance by Makepisi, a Melbourne-based five piece South African acapella group, singing contemporary and traditional South African songs.

Across the weekend there will also be circus from the Sands Family and ROOKE, kids shows, dances, themed presentations and workshops, poetry readings, dance, arts and crafts market stalls and the best food and wine to indulge in alongside the music – all set in the breathtaking scenery of Tasmania’s Huon Valley.

With an abundance of music, dance, culture and food, there’s no reason not to see what it’s all about, especially for their 40th edition.

Tickets are on sale now, with single-day, weekend and camping passes available. For the full lineup and tickets, head here