Next Gathering:

February 22nd, 23rd, 24th  2019

Always the last full weekend of Febuary

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FRANCES FOLK GATHERING AGM

will be held at the Avenues Tavern, corner of Payneham Rd and Nelson St Stepney on Thursday 26th April at 730 PM. Come earlier if you want to try their excellent meals.


As you know, Frances is a free event and can only function with the efforts of our wonderful Committee. Please come along and show your support for this team. Maybe even consider stepping forward as a committee member. We can always use new ideas and enthusiasm!


We are planning a very special event next year as it will be our 20th Gathering. Here is your chance to be part of it! The greatest little free festival in Australia! 

 

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Frances Folk Gathering is a small and very special event in the folk calendar.

On the last weekend of February each year the tiny village of Frances on the Victorian/South Australian border opens its doors and hearts to folk lovers: musicians, dancers, poets, artists and appreciators.

The essence of Frances is participation. Frances only books one or two guest artists each year - the weekend's program is brought to life by everyone who comes. Everyone contributes to the fun and entertainment, young and old, beginners and old hats, the well-known, the never heard of and, sometimes, the infamous. Find out how you can get involved in Frances.

For musicians, blackboard concerts run all weekend in various venues. There are scheduled sessions, circles, serious and silly competitions, and workshops throughout the program as well as informal circles, busking and jamming just about everywhere. There is an art exhibition where artists are welcome to exhibit and art lovers can peruse and purchase art. For dancers, the dance program offers a variety of lively dances and workshops throughout the Gathering.

Each year online registrations open in the months leading up to Frances for those who want to enter the competitions, offer a workshop, or enter the art exhibition. Find out more: Competitions - Bandemonium - Art Exhibition - Workshops.

Frances is a true gathering of people - making and celebrating folk arts together - and the spirit of Frances has a cheeky, wonderful and unique magic to it. 


 

 

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Coming to Frances

You just turn up! There are no tickets, bookings or palava. Attending the Gathering is FREE.

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You need to register to be involved in the competitions, to compete, judge or MC.

Staying at Frances

Frances is a friendly country town that lays out camping, food and drink for the weekend.

Spirit of Frances

The spirit of the Gathering was created at The First Frances Folk Gathering in 2000.

 

Frances Sponsors

The Gathering couldn't happen without the support of our wonderful sponsors. 

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Other generous sponsors include 

Circle H Farms; DiGiorgio Wines; Tender Cuts Butchers; The Veg Shed and Naracoorte Foodland