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.

Welcome to Folk Arts Oxford

Welcome to Folk Arts Oxford! Please have a browse around our websites and get in touch if you would like more information.

Who we are...

FAO is run by Cat Kelly.

A musician, caller, and promoter who has been around folk music and dance all of her life, Cat has been actively involved with the Oxfordshire folk scene for the last five years. Cat led the revival of the now flourishing Oxfolk ceilidh series, and worked with Oxford Folk Festival for three years, leaving after the 2010 festival to begin the groundwork for building FAO. This year has seen the huge success of 'Folk Weekend' - the exciting new festival that has now replaced Oxford Folk Festival, as well as the consolidation of Cat's community work of the last five years in the formation of Folk Arts Oxford.

What we do...

Folk Arts Oxford aims to work within the local folk community; creating opportunities and resources, and promoting high quality musical experiences for all ages and abilities.

So far our work includes the Folk in Oxford website, a new festival called Folk Weekend: Oxford and a variety of workshops. We are currently inviting applications for Associate Artists.

For more detail of what we do and the ideas behind it this page will tell you all about us.

Work with us!

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

FAO is looking to take on a number of associate artists. If you're a performer who is proud of what you do, committed to working hard at it, and ready to take it up a level you could be just who we're after!

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.

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