MFS Shearers' Ball

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The Monaro Folk Society is proud to present its annual Shearers’ Ball

Note: change of venue:

Baptist Church Hall
11 Currie Crescent
Kingston ACT


This special event will feature a special performance by the Paverty Bush Band, Canberra's best-known bush band.

The event will kick off at 8pm and guests will enjoy an evening of traditional bush dancing.

In the very early days of settlement, dances from England, Ireland and Scotland were popular in Australia. Over the years, dances from other parts of Europe, including France and Germany made it to Australia. From the ballrooms of cities and towns, these dances would quickly spread to the rural areas.

Bush dances are traditionally held in church or community halls, woolsheds or shearing sheds due to their large size and hardwood floor. Bush dances were a great way to meet the locals and in some cases, they were the only way of meeting a possible partner in life.

At the Shearers’ Ball all dances will be demonstrated, so no experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. The Shearer's Ball offers an authentic and memorable experience for all.

Don't miss this very special event.

It's a great way to spend a night with family and friends and experience dances from decades long gone.

Cost: Free entry for ANU Students

$24 general public, $22 for Groups and concessions, $19 for MFS members (you can join at the door), non-ANU students $12, under 18s free.

Please bring a plate of supper to share. Buy a cup for $1 and enjoy as much water, cordial, tea or coffee you like.