The National Library of Australia is having a weekend away from home beside Lake Burley Griffin, and will live in a marquee at the National Folk Festival in Canberra ’s Exhibition Park during the Easter break.

An information centre will be set up in the National Library Lounge at the Budawang Pavilion for Festival patrons to find out about the Library’s online services, its folklore and music collections.

For the first time the National Library has joined forces with TransACT who is sponsoring the Library’s participation at the National Folk Festival.

The company’s sponsorship includes high speed Internet access for people to check their email and to keep in touch with their families and friends.

TransACT’s commitment also means that festival goers will be able to search the Library’s online resources such as Music Australia, Australia Dancing and the recently launched Libraries Australia, which links over 800 libraries across Australia.

The National Library’s Curator of Music Robyn Holmes said the National Library was going “live at the Festival” and highlights include the new Live@theLounge interviews with some of Australia’s most highly regarded folk performers.

“A special concert will showcase performances by the National Folk Fellows, including the 2006 Folk Fellows, Ben Stephenson and Adrian Barker, who have gained enormous experience following their research of Irish music in Australia through our collection”.

The Library’s presence at the Folk Festival supports its long-standing partnership with the Festival.

Concerts and events are being held both at the National Library in the lead up to Easter as well as at the Festival.

Details follow:

National Folk Festival Events@ the National Library

Making Sweet Sounds of A Sugar Town
Hear central Queensland communications researchers, from Bundaberg’s sugar town, who discuss the challenges and intricacies of integrating music, oral history recordings and other media.
Wednesday 12 April, 12.30 pm, Ferguson Room, Free

National Folk Festival Concert
See dance and hear traditional songs based on recordings by the Library over the past 50 years. Join Rob Willis and performers from the Nulla Nulla region of northern New South Wales.
Thursday 13 April, 12.30 pm, Foyer, Free

Second National Australian Folklore Conference
Disseminating Folklore
Convenor: Graham Seal
Thursday 13 April, Conference Room, 9.15 am – 4.30pm

National Library Live@ the National Folk Festival

Live@the Lounge interviews in the Budawang Pavilion each day
With Alex and Annette Hood, Rob Willis and Friends, The McKean sisters,
Greg Champion, Margaret Roadknight, Seaman Dan and Terrah Guymala.

Monday 17 April, 10.30 pm – 1200 pm
National Library Lounge in the Budawang Pavilion
National Folk Fellowship Workshop with 2006 Folk Fellows

Monday 17 April, 3.15 pm – 4.30pm
NLA Forum: Working Life and Folklore, Longroom, Currong Building
Convened by the Library’s former oral history librarian Mark Cranfield, participants include: Karl Neuenfeldt and Lyn Costigan, Ron Edwards,
Bill Gammage and Bruce Simpson, and Canberra’s popular Shiny Bum Singers.

Join interviewers Bruce Simpson and Bill Gammage at the Drover's Camp throughout the Festival


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