Fanø Free Folk Festival has existed since 2010 with a strong focus on presenting experimental folk music in intimate surroundings on the beautiful island Fanø in the south-west of Denmark.
The festival takes place at the end of July in the village of Sønderho, which was recently appointed most beautiful village in Denmark. Sønderho has a very rich tradition of folk music and this creates a truly special setting for the festival’s explorations of experimental layers in folk music. We use the Sønderho Forsamlingshus as our main venue – a traditional community hall where folk music and folk dances have taken place for several generations. Also, the festival explores other interesting spaces in the village and create all acoustic concerts in galleries, cafés and the village church.
The festival is entirely volunteer-driven and focus on a community feeling. We encourage new meetings and collaborations between musicians from all over the world and often present site-specific performances using existing and unique spaces in the village of Sønderho, working with field recordings or going into dialogue with the surrounding nature of the Wadden Sea, which was recently added to the Unesco World Heritage List.
In the past, Fanø Free Folk Festival has presented artists like: Richard Youngs, Alasdair Roberts, Marisa Anderson, Helena Espvall, Hymns from Nineveh, Leonore Boulanger, Islaja, Blood on a Feather, Cigdem Aslan, Gonga & Mithu Sain, Dead Rat Orchestra, Eric Chenaux, Mute Swimmer, Arborea, Ayman Asfour, Mariam The Believer, Bilal Irshed, Laura Cannell, Fuchsia, Simon Finn, Pantaleimon and many more.
Read Laura Cannell’s festival diary for Folk Radio UK here.
Read Helen Morris’ essay from The Wire here.
Fanø Free Folk Festival is supported by Statens Kunstfond.
We kindly thank our sponsors: Fanø Brugsforening, Fanø Bryghus and Camping Klitten. Also a big thank you to Robert Weber, who has been a big help in setting up this website.
To get an impression, watch this little video from the festival in 2014: