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About The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
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31st Annual Folk Harbour Festival
August 4-7, 2016
Finding Folk Harbour
Folk Harbour is as much a concept… a feeling… as a place, a time or a festival. Born from a shared passion for music, it’s about finding yourself immersed for a few short days in a happening where your senses are fed with musical delights, scenic beauty and shared experiences.
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival brings the best in traditional and contemporary folk music to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We are Nova Scotia’s longest-running folk festival and have showcased great Nova Scotian, Canadian and international talent during our more than 30 years. We are proud to have introduced many of the Maritimes’ best-loved musicians to a wider audience on our stages.
Lunenburg literally bursts at the seams with music and Festival goers during the four days of Folk Harbour. With a long history of good weather (knock wood), fantastic music and unmatched atmosphere, music lovers of all ages are in for non-stop entertainment.
The Festival officially opens on Thursday with a full day music conference: Folksteps, usually held in the Zion Lutheran Church, which allows music lovers to examine a theme with experts in that genre of music.
Thursday afternoon, select performers appear at various advance venues such as the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to entertain visitors on the wharf and in a private performance at the Harbour View Haven seniors residence on Blockhouse Hill.
The Festival schedule really kicks into high gear on the Thursday evening with the first Mainstage Concert; and the daily cycle begins…
In the mornings the Town’s wonderful historic churches and halls come alive with workshops in dance and singing as well as youth music programs and The Alma Houston Talks for more academic-minded folk. Sunday morning everyone comes together at the Mainstage tent for the Festival’s most popular event — our Gospel Concert.
Every afternoon festival-goers have another choice to make — whether to stay put at one of our spectacular stage locations: The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic wharf, The Lunenburg Heritage Society Bandstand, St. John’s Anglican Church or the Central United Church — or drop by one of the hands-on workshops taking place in the Central United Church Hall. For the kids, the Children’s Stage in the Town Parade Square park offers hands-on arts and crafts while they are surrounded by music from the bandstand featuring emerging talent, local musicians as well as some of our contract performers.
In the evening all the action moves to the big white tent atop Blockhouse Hill in Old Town Lunenburg that holds our Canadian Heritage Mainstage. Breathtaking vistas of Lunenburg’s front and back harbours, stiff maritime breezes and wonderful music combine to produce a magical experience for audience and performers alike.
And that’s why, once you’ve found us, like most folks, you’ll want to return to a place called Folk Harbour!
To see more information about the creation of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, click here.