The Trust:

Tenterden Folk Day Trust is a registered charity formed in May 1994 to preserve and advance public education and appreciation of traditional and contemporary folk music, song, dance and other related traditions, crafts and folk arts as a part of the living heritage.  The Trust is supported by Tenterden Town Council, Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council and an increasing number of local and folk related businesses and other community organisations.



The emphasis of our musical policy remains very much on traditional English folk music, song and dance.  By it's very nature traditional folk music develops and changes, so we do not exclude contemporary material in a traditional style or performers who bring in experience of other musical styles or musical influences.  We draw many of our guests from South East England, particularly Kent and Sussex, and also include guests well known on the national folk scene.  Occasionally we will feature “foreign” song and dance particularly where this has a connection with the local area through the material or performers.


Tenterden Folk Festival is a member of or affiliated to the following organisations; 

Ashford Community Network
Ashford Federation of the Arts
Association of Festival Organisers / Folk Arts England
English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
FUNDRAISING Standards Board
Kent CAN
Making Music – The National Federation of Music Societies
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Produced in Kent
South East Folk Arts Network (SEFAN)
Tenterden & District Chamber of Commerce

                         Tenterden Folk Festival: promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions: Charity No. 1038663                

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