Petition to National Folk Festival, Canberra

The Coorong has been deemed “unsafe” for dancers and will NO LONGER be used as a Dance Venue at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Please see: for the NFF explanation.

Many believe this is just an excuse to turn the Coorong into a concert venue at the expense of the dancers. While the NFF has provided an enlarged Mallee, the Oasis will be a marquee (tent), questionably suitable for dancing within during the heat of a Canberra day in March.

The dance programme at the 2010 National Folk Festival in Canberra, Australia, has been cut resulting in a very limited Australian/Celtic content remaining.

The Colonial Ball was dropped, but has been reinstated - off-site.

Please sign to petition the NFF to: -

Reinstate the Coorong as a dance venue

Ensure the Colonial Ball is retained as part of the NFF Programme and keep it on-site.

Reinstate a full Colonial/Celtic Dance Programme to the NFF

It is vital that the NFF is made aware of the feeling of the dancers.



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    Beate Loftus, Australia

    5 years ago Comments: We are very disappointed with the 2010 dance programme. Shame on you, programme organisers!
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    Beverly Joy Buckland, Australia

    5 years ago Comments: Dancing off-site is not a solution. We don't all have transport, especially if we have flown from interstate. And sometimes we wish to move between the dance and a concert and back to the dance. The ceiling of the Mallee is too low and the venue will become incredibly warm with a good crowd and some vigorous dancing. Move the concerts to the Mallee and bring back a rejuvenated Coorong.
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    Cris Terry, Australia

    5 years ago Comments: -
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