Frances Folk Gathering is a small and very special event in the folk calendar.
On the last weekend of February each year the tiny village of Frances on the Victorian/South Australian border opens its doors and hearts to folk lovers: musicians, dancers, artists and appreciators.
The essence of Frances is participation. It is the festival you’re in, not just at. Everyone contributes to the fun and entertainment, young and old, beginners and experienced performers, the well-known, the never heard of and, sometimes, the infamous. A particular focus of the Gathering is futurefolk - involving and nurturing young folk artists and up-and-coming talent.
For musicians, open mics run all weekend in various venues. There are scheduled sessions, circles, serious and silly competitions, and workshops throughout the program as well as informal circles, busking and jamming just about everywhere. There is an art exhibition where artists are welcome to exhibit and art lovers can peruse and purchase art. For dancers, the dance program offers a variety of lively dances and workshops throughout the Gathering.
Frances is a true gathering of people - making and celebrating folk arts together - and the spirit of Frances has a cheeky, wonderful and unique magic to it.