Other Activities

Blackboard Sessions

Throughout the Festival you will have the opportunity to play by adding your name to the blackboard, so brush up on your skills, bring your instruments  and we look forward to hearing you play.

Art Exhibition
Gulgong Folk Festival painted by local artist Merilyn Burch - Carney
Gulgong Folk Festival painted by local artist Merilyn Burch – Carney

The Gulgong Arts Council  along with the Gulgong Folk Festival are running an exhibition of members work done over the last 12 months at the  Holtermann Museum site ‘Greatest Wonder in the World’ during the festival.

The exhibition runs from the 30th of December 2015 to the 15th January 2016. It will be open every day from 10 am to 4 pm. All work will be for sale.

We will also have members of the Gulgong Arts group bringing out their easels and paint in public, while Gulgong’s talented woolworkers will demonstrate the spinning wheel.

Market Stalls

The Festival will feature a 2-day market on the 1st and 2nd of January 2016. On both days the markets will start around 10.30am and continue into the afternoon. Drop into Coronation Park and find us under the awning of R&R SUPA IGA and browse along the market stalls including: arts and crafts; handmade percussion instruments; South American jewellery; clothing and gifts; plants; lavender products; pre-loved books; head, neck and shoulder massages; food including gourmet German sausages, Gelato, Chinese cuisine; real fruit smoothies and lots more. Come down and see what the region has to offer. If you would like to have a stall at the market please contact us!

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Fortune Telling
Gypsy Whitemoon Fortune Telling
Gypsy Whitemoon Fortune Telling

Miss Gypsy Whitemoon Fortune Teller is a dynamic business offering card readings using ordinary playing cards. This style, called Cartomancy Card reading, using ordinary playing cards is 700 years old ANC when the Spanish had the cards introduced in Spain in 1379. The Spanish Hebrew name for the humble playing cards is Nabai or Naba to foretell with authority. Kathy is a 5th Generation Traditional Gypsy Fortune Teller called a La Cartomancienne – “The Fortune Teller who reads with a deck of cards”. Her grandmother taught her this ancient Gift and Kathy believes that your energies are unique to you and your pre-determined life plan is in your energies. As the cards work on energies all customers receive a new deck of cards. All information is given to be positive and uplifting, giving hope. Information given out is monitored and worded to provide an empowering experience. Kathy has written in several publications including the Northern Leader News Paper Tamworth “Festival Miracle Fortune Teller Saves Woman’s Life “21st January 2014.

You will find Miss Gypsy Whitemoon’s van in the Coronation Park during the festival.

Poets Breakfast
Garry Lowe
Garry Lowe

One of our Australian top Bush poets, Garry Lowe, is coming to the Gulgong RSL for the Poets Breakfast on the 2nd January commencing at 7.30 am and finishing at 10.00 am. The RSL Club will prepare and cook breakfast, consisting of toast, eggs, sausages, tea and coffee at a cost of $ 10.00 per head. The entry for those just for coffee or tea and the poetry, is $ 3.oo.

We will have local and visiting award winning poets and authors including Kevin Pye, author of 8 books of true-blue Australian Poetry.  Everyone is welcome. For more info you can contact Des Kelly on 0263741525.

Guitar Competition

On the 1st of January 2016 at 3.30 pm there will be a guitar competition in the Prince of Wales  Opera House. One of Australia’s finest guitar manufacturers, Gerard Gilet, is specifically making a one of a kind guitar for the Gulgong Folk Festival. To have the chance to win this guitar, made from Australian timber, enter the Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition. This competition is open for any age group.

Guitar Competition
Guitar Competition

Rules for the competition;

  1. You are required to perform a piece of up to five minutes duration and it must be instrumental, self composed or any other Australian composition.
  2. Each contestant has a maximum of 5 minutes to perform.
  3. This is purely an acoustic guitar contest [no vocals] and must be played through a microphone [no pickups].

First place will win a handmade guitar from Gerad Gilet and a featured spot performing at the Festival on Friday or Saturday night. Applicants are asked to send an email with their details to:

guitarcomp@folkmusicfestival.com.au or phone 0477856628.

Talent  Quest
Jake Fahy and Jessie Grover
Jake Fahy and Jessie Grover

We will have a Talent Quest on Saturday the 2nd of January at the Prince of Wales Opera House. The Quest is open to under 18 year olds.

For more info you can contact us on info@musicfolkfestival.com.au. or phone 0477856628.

Midsummer Night Magic
Old fashioned Kewpie dolls made by Kathleen
Midsummer Night Magic

On the 2nd January 2016 the legendary Prince of Wales Opera House will feature a Midsummer Night Magic.  The show will start with Welcome To Country and continue to surprise you with dancing, singing, storytelling and short acts performed by local young talent and members of the Mudgee Performing Arts Society; some acts directed by Sam Paine.

Midsummer Night Magic will start at 6pm and finish with the cutting of our magical cake at 7.30pm.

Come…share…taste…enjoy a little bit of magic!



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  • Coronation Park [ View On Map ]

    Coronation Park in summer
    Coronation Park in summer
    Painting of the Gulgong Markets in Coronation Park created by Merilyn Burch-Carney
    Market scene at Coronation Park

    Coronation Park is situated in the centre of Gulgong town.

  • Holterman Museum Site [ View On Map ]

    The Greatest Wonder of the World - an original photograph from the Holterman Collection
    The Greatest Wonder of the World Gulgong – circa 1872

    Gulgong Holtermann Museum is a community project and a museum space located in Gulgong, New South Wales. Two of the town’s earliest buildings are to house an interactive educational and tourist facility based on the UNESCO listed Holtermann Collection – photographs taken for Bernhardt Holtermann during the “roaring days” in the 1870s.

    The Museum is currently under construction.


  • Prince of Wales Opera House [ View On Map ]


    Prince of Wales Opera House
    Prince of Wales Opera House

    This is the oldest still-operating Opera House in the Southern Hemisphere. It was built in 1871 by John Hart Cogden. This classic building is now owned by the Gulgong Amateur Musical and Dramatical Society. Dame Nelly Melba has performed on its stage, several generations have seen their first theatrical production under this historic roof.

  • The RSL Club Gulgong [ View On Map ]

    RSL Club Gulgong

    Bush dance
    Bush dance

    The Gulgong RSL Club is within walking distance to the centre of Gulgong.

    Club facilities, ATM, BBQ, beer garden, KENO and café.  The main function room can cater for 250 people.