Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.

Through our funded project work: children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford.

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. 

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.

Our work includes the Folk in Oxford website, celebrated festival Folk Weekend: Oxford and a variety of funded projects, most notably ‘Inclusive Folk’ which focuses on enabling people with disabilities to be a part of community arts events. We run training and development days for artists, and a variety of workshops for members of the public.

For more detail this page will tell you all about us.