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Late Night Live: The Best of The National Folk Festival After Dark

Molly McLaughlin

Looking for some night-time entertainment that’s a bit more exciting than the usual routine of dinner and a movie?

The National Folk Festival this Easter is the place to go for late-night markets, buskers, circus antics and delicious food, along with internationally renowned musical artists including Steve Poltz from the U.S. and Nancy Kerr from the U.K. The Folk Festival even offers the option of an evening pass that gives you access to the excitement from 5pm to midnight. Below are our pick of the events that will surprise, charm and entertain you at the Folky after dark.

Tango Social Club

The Tango Social Club of Canberra will be showcasing Argentine Tango that is influenced by the pampas and the high Andes, 19th century romanticism, and the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires. Learn to tango with the pros!

Introduction to Tango Workshop: Friday 25 March, 7.30-8.30pm, The Piazza

More Tango, More Often: Saturday 26 March, 7.30-8.30pm, The Piazza

Night of Social Tango: Sunday 27 March, 7 – 9pm, The Piazza

The Session Bar

The Session Bar is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and is a place where artists, performers and audiences can share their love for music. The Session Bar is open throughout the festival and gets particularly lively after midnight, so bring your own instrument, or just immerse yourself in the experience.


Bellydancing in Central Park

TABLA Bellydance combine funk, folk and gypsy styles for a whole new take on bellydancing. Their infectious energy will make you want to get up and dance.

Catch them on the Central Park Stage on Friday at 5pm, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 11.45am and Monday 2.30pm.

Midnight at the Majestic with The Beez

The majestic is a venue where the alternative and quirky sides of folk have full reign (and things may get a little strange.) One of the acts featured here will be The Beez, a cabaret band from Berlin that have just progressed from their famous “Sitzdisco” (dancing while seated) to “Moshpitzen” (mosh pitting). It’s going to be bilingual and bonkers.

Saturday 26 March, Midnight, The Majestic

Not for Kids Kids Show

The Not For Kids Kids Show is circus mayhem with an ‘R’ rating. With Pocket Fox as the House Band, Highwire Events and Entertainment will present this show at the Majestic. Expect the unexpected!

Friday 25 March, Midnight – 1pm, The Majestic

the essentials

What: The National Folk Festival
When: Happening from 24-28 March
Where: Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
Check out the full program here for all the info: folkfestival.org.au/2016-program

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author