Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events.

Since we launched in 2012 we have worked in association with Oxford City Council, The Ashmolean Museum, Restore (a mental health charity), Cowley Road Carnival, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. In 2014 we worked with the English Folk Dance and Song Society to host a training day for Folk Educators in Oxford.

We are particularly interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the folk arts.

Associate Artists

We can help Oxfordshire's aspiring performers to take their next step, through gig opportunities, industry contacts, mentoring and support.

FAO is committed to supporting and promoting the local folk scene, and the performers within it. As well as providing high-profile performance opportunities for local artists at Folk Weekend, we'd also like to offer the benefit of our collective expertise in the folk scene to help local performers like YOU get where you want to be.

To this end, we are beginning to pilot an Associate Artist scheme, open to bands and individuals from the local area.

Step 1...

As a FAO Associate Artist you'll have the benefit of our experience in whatever area you need it most - whether it's promoting yourself, writing copy for your website, improving your skills as a performer, or simply getting more gigs.

Step 2...

You'll be guaranteed a gig at our flagship event 'Folk Weekend: Oxford', and will be offered first refusal on other relevant gig opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Step 3...

Associates who have been with us for a year or more will be elligible to make an application to our development fund. If you have a project waiting in the wings but just don't have the money to make it happen, this might be the chance you've been waiting for!


Folk Weekend

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