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Folk by the Sea - Kiama
Conditions of Entry
  • Festival wristband must be worn at all times. All children must also have an wristband as well.
  • Sound / Video recordings are not permitted without the prior written consent from the Marketing and Media Director. All professional/commercial photographers or film makers must first obtain permission from the Marketing and Media Director (David De Santi 0409 57 1788)
  • No pets allowed on the site. Registered Assistance animals who have been approved by the festival organisers, are allowed.

The following information is applicable to all persons attending FOLK by the SEA. The event is presented by the Illawarra Folk Club.

Limitation of Liability
To the extent permitted by law, the Illawarra Folk Club Inc. (IFC) shall not have any liability to you beyond the face value of the ticket purchased, plus any relevant per ticket service charge. The IFC shall not be liable for any loss of enjoyment or wasted expenditure. IFC accepts no responsibility for any personal property loss, damage or breakage howsoever occasioned.

Injury at events

  • The IFC is the promoter of this recreational event, the FOLK by the SEA (FbtS). It utilises existing grounds, buildings, roadways and pathways, owned or leased from various organisations. It does so on a “as is basis” and subject to existing faults (if any), the current condition and state of repair, of the grounds, buildings, roadways and pathways, so that to the extent permitted by law, IFC disclaims all liability for any injuries or death sustained, however caused, during the running of the FbyS.
  • The IFC has tried to make the FbtS an enjoyable and safe experience, please take care and stay alert at all times you are at the FbtS. If you or your minor are injured immediately ask a volunteer for assistance or directions to or first aid room or contact an emergency service.
  • You assume all risks whilst you attend or participate at the FbtS, regardless of what activity you are involved in at the FbtS.
  • By purchasing a ticket, or receiving a ticket as a performer, or as our guest, you acknowledge and accept these terms and conditions in your personal capacity and on behalf of any other member of a band or group you are applying for, and for any accompanying minor. If you purchase tickets for a minor, you are responsible for their behaviour and safety whilst at the FbtS.

License, Ejection & Cancellation, No Redemption Value

  • The IFC reserves the right, without refund of any amount paid, to refuse admission to, or eject, any person whose conduct the IFC, their agents, employees or contractors deems to be disorderly, who uses vulgar or abusive language or who otherwise fails to comply with any IFC directions concerning the management of the FbtS.
  • The FbtS is a licensed venue. In accordance with liquor licensing law, intoxicated persons are not allowed to remain on licensed premises and will be asked to leave. No alcojol is permitted to be brought into the licensed area of the FbtS. Breach of any such terms and conditions will terminate your revocable licence to attend the event without refund or compensation.
  • All persons attending the FbtS must hold a valid ticket and display a valid armband.
  • The applicable law is that of New South Wales.

Refunds and Returns Policy

Please choose carefully as we do not give refunds simply because you changed your mind or made the wrong decision. Medical cases and financial hardship are examples for refund consideration. An option may also be provided to defer the passes to the next Festival.

Refunds after 22nd September are not available. Exception will be the festival cancellation due to Covid lockdown.

Please provide a valid reason for the refund to or call 1300 887 034. If approved a 10% cancellation fee may apply, and the refund will be provided to the credit card used for purchase. This will happen within 7 days of the cancellation notification. An email will be sent confirming the refund has been processed.

Youth Ticketing Policy


  1. All minors aged 18 and under must be accompanied by a 'responsible adult' ( see definition ) at the entry gates, (or they may be refused entry), and at all times whilst at the festival of camping areas.
  2. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free and must be accompanied by a responsible adult at the entry gate  and at all times whilst at the festival or camping areas. Those aged 12 or older must buy a ticket.
  3. It is the responsibility of the responsible adult to ensure that all youth patrons accompanying them comply with instructions issued by festival staff and/or contained in all permanent and temporary signage throughout the festival site.
  4. Patrons under the age of 18 must not engage in any illegal or disruptive activities whilst on site. This includes underage drinking, use of illicit substances or generally disruptive behaviour.
  5. The responsible adult must be contactable by mobile phone at the festival.

Camping Policy - Onsite camping is not available for 2023. Kiama Council no longer allows onsite camping.

Camping is available at the various nearby camping grounds. You must book these separately. Refer Info- Where to Stay

Definition of 'Responsible' Adult

A 'responsible adult' means a person over 25 years of age and either a parent, step-parent, spouse, de fact partner, legal guardian or any other person in loco parentis to the minor.A person in loco parentis must be able to fulfill the normal functions of a parent concerning supervision of a minor(s). An older brother or sister or friend of the minor(s) is not necessarily considered a 'responsible adult".

Festival Etiquette

  • All festival visitors must be mindful of their surroundings. Loud and/or intoxicated or intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere on the festival grounds.
  • All festival visitors must be respectful of others and their property and must not interfere with, damage or cause harm to any other visitor or their property.
  • From 10pm onwards, noise must be kept to a minimum.


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    The Club also presents the annual Illawarra Folk Festival held in January at Bulli.

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