The Festival

The York Festival is a two-week, multi-arts event based in the historic town of York, Western Australia.

Attracting thousands of visitors each year, The York Festival offers a diverse program of family-friendly entertainment featuring music and performing arts; arts and crafts; walking tours; and much more in Western Australia’s oldest inland town held in springtime when the wildflowers and canola are in full bloom.

This year’s highlights include the long-awaited return of jazz to York over the Festival’s opening weekend, with a jam-packed program of acts from renowned local WA performers held throughout the town’s iconic venues; the launch of a new Writers Program curated by The West Australian’s William Yeoman over the festival’s second weekend; and a host of other events that will see The York Festival reassert itself as the premier cultural event in the Avon Valley.

The Festival’s focus on rare and endangered crafts in the historic town of York is an opportunity to showcase diverse craft practices from blacksmithing and fibre weaving, to book making and printmaking (in WA’s only print museum), embroidery and wood carving, and presents an opportunity to learn about some of our oldest craft practices and some of the characters who practised them in York in the 19th century.

To book tickets or check out the full program, visit our ‘What’s On’ page now.

Festival Director Welcome

Kaya, kaya,

Who would have imagined that the little art & craft market that started in 2014 would become a two-week festival with over 80 events!

After our COVID-enforced suspension in 2020, we embarked on our festival planning with considerable trepidation, and although the uncertainty hasn’t entirely receded, we are confident that this year’s festival will be memorable for all the right reasons.

The York Festival celebrates its location in the West Australian Wheatbelt, and the local community relishes the opportunity to share what we are most proud of – our beautiful heritage town, rich in history, rich in culture.

I am particularly thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mace Francis, our Jazz Program Director, and William Yeoman, our Writers Program Director, as well as our team of professionals led by Festival Producer Elliot Chambers who have all set a new standard for this year’s Festival.

Sincere thanks to the Management Committee of Wheatbelt Arts & Events for your loyalty and incredible support, and to our sponsors: Shire of York, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries, Regional Arts, Healthway, Lotterywest and Tourism WA.

Welcome to The York Festival 2021!

- Jenny Garroun, York Festival Director

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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