THE ILLAWARRA Folk Festival ended on Sunday, January 20, at the Bulli Showground.
Patrons who took the green option and commuted on the specially commissioned Folk Festival Green Train from Bondi Junction to Bulli, were treated to entertainment not usually seen on a Cityrail weekend train carriage.
Mr James Chuang’s photos of this annual Cityrail and Folk Festival endeavour appear here and more can be viewed on the link below.
The four day festival hosted 150 international, national and local acts. Over 9000 people attended the 28th annual event, which was a few hundred down on last year’s crowd.
Artistic Director, Mr David De Santi attributed a reduction in the crowd number to the record heat wave. He said: “We certainly can’t be disappointed with the attendance, even though it is a little down on last year.”
On Friday, the temperature climbed close to 50 degrees at the festival site.
“Friday’s heat wave was unprecedented, and would have put some people off venturing outside their homes, let alone to a music festival,” he said.
Mr De Santi reported the festival organisers had received great feedback from patrons about the quality of performers at this year’s festival, who ranged from traditional and non-traditional folk to gypsy, world music, Americana, boogie and blues, as well as poetry, dancing and comedy.
To view Mr James Chuang’s photos from the Green Train carriage performances, go to – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526464587384972&set=a.526463467385084.121173.164815966883171&type=1&theater