Striking the gender balance

Have you looked at our line-up? No, REALLY looked at our line-up?

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Rosie writes… a word from our dance director

I’m writing from sunny Sheffield, where there’s a warm breeze (finally!) and I’m dreaming ahead to dizzy August days in the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Dance Tent.  Read more

The final 2024 line-up is in!

This is it… the final instalment of what’s going to be a superb summer weekend of music!

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More names for 2024!

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman (USA) and Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle are among the new names we’ve just revealed for our August Bank Holiday line-up.

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First names for Shrewsbury 2024!

An Irish folk legend, an American two-time Grammy award nominee and a chart-topping UK band are among the first wave of artists announced for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

New festival merchandise online shop

We have launched a new online store for festival fans looking to buy sustainable festival merchandise including clothing, bags & more!

Buy a piece of festival art from Luke Crump

Our Refolkus artist-in-residence Luke Crump spent four days creating this amazing artwork this year and now you can own your own copy!

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Festival smashes fundraising target for Hope House

We are beyond delighted to have scored a record fundraising total for Hope House this year to smash the £100,000 milestone in our ongoing efforts to fund music therapy sessions for children with life-threatening conditions.

Our charity partner raised more than £11,400, which includes a donation from us for every adult weekend ticket sold. The record-breaking amount takes the tally raised since we began our charity partnership in 2008 to more than £102,700!

Every year Hope House volunteers hold a bucket collection on Sunday afternoon, this year raising more than £3,300. Visitors also make donations to charge mobile phones and electrical devices, raising £163, and Hope House runs a retail stall in the craft village, which reaped in more than £6,100.

The funding supports music therapy sessions at the hospice that can be an important tool for helping children communicate and have fun.

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said she was delighted to have hit the milestone figure for the charity: “Little did we know when we first started fundraising for Hope House, how successful it would be. Our festivalgoers have really taken the cause to their hearts and, year on year, continue to amaze us with their generosity and ensuring that this very important activity can continue for children at Hope House.

“We are beyond delighted to have smashed the £100,000 barrier and look forward to many, many more years of successful fundraising for this amazing charity.”

Hope House Area Fundraiser Bekki Fardoe said: “We are always blown away by the generosity of both the festival organisers and the festival goers, but this year was even more outstanding. To smash the £100,000 barrier is truly amazing.

“Every penny raised will help seriously ill local children to enjoy the gift of music during their respite short breaks at Hope House. Thank you so much to everyone involved for this priceless on-going support that will bring so much joy to so many children.”

Festival fundraising music to the ears of Hope House

We are aiming to smash the £100,000 mark in its ongoing efforts to raise funds for music therapy for children with life-threatening conditions.

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