Sword Swallower, National Folk Festival

Picture of Sword Swallower Aerial Manx, National Folk Festival, Canberra

Sword Swallower Aerial Manx, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

I’ve seen a lot of street performers from all over the world, but this is the first time I’ve seen an actual Sword Swallower.  In this picture, performer Aerial Manx throws his sword in the air, right after sliding it out of his throat…  pretty impressive stuff.   And if that isn’t impressive enough for you, his website has a video of him doing cartwheels while the sword is still IN his throat.

(Apologies for the silence, my computer has been hating me lately, but it’s looking all good now.)

 

Concertina and Accordion, National Folk Festival

Black and white picture of a Concertina and Accordion, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

Concertina and Accordion, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

One of the great things about the Folk Festival was the chance to hear a lot of instruments you don’t find in more ‘mainstream’ music – I’ve never seen so many concertinas and accordions in my life, and all of them played with virtuoso brilliance!

(See more pictures from the National Folk Festival on Journey Photographic here)

Tabla Bellydance, National Folk Festival

Picture of Tabla Bellydance performing at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

Tabla Bellydance, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

You guys seemed keen to see more pictures from the National Folk Festival, so here’s one of Tabla Bellydance performing on one of the Festival’s many stages.

(See more pictures from the National Folk Festival on Journey Photographic here)

Labyrinth, National Folk Festival

Picture of boy contributing to the National Folk Festival Yarn Labyrinth, Canberra, Australia

Creating the National Folk Festival Yarn Labyrinth, Canberra, Australia

I recently had the opportunity to grab a media pass for the National Folk Festival in Canberra, Australia – how could I turn it down?  Not only was the variety and scope of the live music amazing, there was heaps of visual interest to photograph, including two of my favourite topics – street performers and dancers (so stayed tuned for pictures of those).  Still, when looking for a picture to post today, I couldn’t go past this shot, of a young boy contributing to the community Labyrinth created in the festival’s central park.