500-plus expected at folk festival

Fancy a New Year's Eve barn dance, Cajun jitterbug lessons or perhaps a turn at Cape Breton fiddling?

More than 50 workshops, concerts, dances and performances have been included in the programme for this year's Whare Flat Folk Festival, which starts at noon tomorrow.

The New Edinburgh Folk Club of Dunedin first held the annual festival in 1975.

It expected about 500 people to attend this year's four-day event at the Wairoa Scout Camp in Whare Flat, west of Dunedin.

Festival gates are scheduled to open at noon tomorrow and the final performance is expected to start at 7.30pm on New Year's Day.

Workshops to be held throughout the festival include samba rhythm and chanting, story telling, mask making, the gypsy fiddle, percussion instrument making, gypsy jazz guitar, singing, uilleann pipes, Cape Breton fiddling, mandolin, and country and blues guitar.

- rosie.manins@odt.co.nz

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