Established and emerging performers across music, dance and the spoken word are being urged to apply for a National Folk Fellowship.

Offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival, the annual Fellowship is a unique opportunity for performers to research the National Library’s folk collections, and to showcase their findings at a special performance and workshop at the 2008 National Folk Festival in Canberra.

Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship was established with the aim of making accessible the myriad of traditional songs, tunes, dance and spoken word gems held in the National Library’s folklore archives.

The 2007 Fellow Ian Blake has developed a highly innovative project combining live and electro-acoustic music by editing and reworking archival recordings of children singing and playing.

The successful applicant for 2008 will research any aspect of the folklore collection with an overarching focus on reinterpreting Australia’s music, dance and story-telling traditions.

The four-week residency guarantees recipients a performance at the National Folk Festival, held over the Easter break each year, and is undertaken three to six months before the Festival,

During the residency the Fellow will have special access to research facilities, collections and sound recording studios. Also included is financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Applications for the 2008 Fellowship open on April 6 and close on 30 June 2007.

Visit for more information and application forms or telephone (02) 6262 1196.

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