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The Sidmouth Folk Festival celebrates 65 years in 2019, recognised as a huge cultural highlight in the South West region, marked by its prestigious Blue Plaque status – awarded as part of BBC Music Day – and acknowledged as a national treasure by festival goers from across the country and wider world.

This very special week-long seaside festival, held every year in the first week of August since 1955, puts the stunning red-cliffed coastal resort of Sidmouth, East Devon firmly on the map.

In a pre-eminent position in the country for its longevity, quality, breadth and scale, The Sidmouth Folk Festival celebrates its significant birthday in 2019 by reclaiming its roots – a living, breathing festival tradition like no other – with a re-name and new logo.

The brand new logo for 2019 and beyond demonstrates a commitment to innovations, driving the event forward in every way we can, as well as proudly championing our grass roots, musical beating heart and our long-established East Devon home.

Designed by local artist, Sam Eyre, the logo represents each strand of the festival converging on the Ham/Seafront from their various bases around the town, encapsulating that unique Sidmouth union of many festivals under one banner.

With its youth programme Shooting Roots celebrating its own anniversary of 25 years this year, the festival has as much of an eye on the future as it does an ear to the past with its Traditional Nights Out and much more! Another landmark event is Sandra Kerr’s return to lead the legendary Festival Choir for the 25th time.

The East Devon celebration draws tens of thousands of visitors into the area to participate in a diverse programme of over 700 events during the eight days of the festival, appealing to all ages and interests. Featuring established stars and emerging talent, the programme includes major concerts, upbeat roots parties, intimate sessions, ceilidhs and folk dancing, storytelling, family entertainment, youth-centred sessions, hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays, and the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

Come and join us for the 65th Sidmouth Folk Festival as the town’s streets and venues burst into celebratory life, festive atmosphere and a rainbow of colour, as holidaymakers and festival goers join together in the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer.

“Britain’s oldest festival has itself become the stuff of folklore, yet it continues to influence musical trends and capture the hearts of all who visit. Sidmouth FolkWeek has undergone many transformations …. and while it represents many things to many people, the unique, varied and vibrant atmosphere is one that undeniably sets it apart.”