The Turning Wave Festival is an outstanding celebration of Irish and Australian music and the related arts in both their traditional and contemporary contexts.
Turning Wave recognises the significant connections between Ireland and Australia and the rich and enduring influence of the Irish on the cultural life of our country. This recognition is manifested in a number of events, sessions, and céilithe and, included an annual festival (2006-17).
The Festival is currently in recess during the Coronavirus pandemic but we look forward to returning some time in the future when we can all come together again to enjoy and make music.
No Turning Wave Festival in 2021
For all of you who have been asking, due to the current and continuing problems with COVID-19 outbreaks in NSW and beyond we will not be running a festival in 2021. When things settle into what might be our "new normal" we do have something very special planned so please stay connected. Until then we hope you all keep safe and well.
Make Music Day 2021
We hope you all had the opportunity to share your music on this once a year day, 21st June when people all over the world find exciting and new ways to make music.
Norm Merrigan Memorial Session Weekend
Turning Wave Festival's last major event was the Gundagai Session Weekend (22-24 Nov 2019) in memory of Norm Merrigan, Festival Director 2013-17. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have unfortunately not been able to hold another session weekend. We are however planning to come together again as soon as circumstances allow so please stay connected via the website or Facebook. In the meantime, enjoy this rendition of the Concertina Reel and if you were one of the musicians or dancers, thank you so much for being there.