Cygnet comes to life with folk festival

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The Cygnet Folk Festival was a huge success last weekend (January 6 to 8), with the small town in south-east Tasmania celebrating the annual event in fine style.

Almost 6,000 people were estimated to have attended the festival, turning quaint Cygnet into a hub of music, food and culture that belie its small population and normally quiet streets.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary the event went off without a hitch and the wonderful atmosphere was thoroughly enjoyed by both locals and visitors who came especially to join the festivities.

More than 170 performers helped light up the stages and street corners of this beautiful location, with hospitable local families going out of their way to accommodate those from outside of Cygnet.

Festival president Michael Minchin said that about a quarter of the close-knit community were directly involved in helping the weekend run smoothly.

"The festival has become more and more vibrant over the last few years and is flourishing now, with lots of great acts coming down," Mr Minchin told The Mercury January 8.

"But it's the volunteers who make this event a success – without their work we could never get it happening."

A number of buskers from other parts of Tasmania used the opportunity to gain experience playing live to large audiences.

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  • David Boon says:

    This was one of the best Cygnet Festivals ever. Don’t forget there is another great festival at George Town this weekend – the Tamar Valley Folk Festival.

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