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Who we are


Saltburn Folk Festival is a friendly, multivenue festival, set in a historic seaside town on the stunning North Yorkshire coast.


We are here to champion creativity, tradition and opportunity across the folk arts- from nationally acclaimed musicians, to dance and storytelling, Saltburn Folk Festival has something for everyone. Community is key, and we celebrate the power of people coming together to immerse themselves in creativity with a folky flair.


The North East has a wealth to give, and we are perfectly placed to show you a slice of what the region has to offer. We are proud to be part of our community, and welcome locals and visitors alike.



Our mission


Our Festival is an innovative and inclusive platform for the folk arts, and we strive to build innovation and inclusivity into everything we do. Through this, our mission is to connect communities across our native Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and the North East, and give a  friendly welcome to those who join us from further afield.


Our story


We moved to Saltburn-by-the-sea 25 years ago, after three decades a few miles up the coast in Redcar. During the two year break from live festivals due to Covid, we maintained our links with performers and audiences by staging a Virtual Gathering in 2021. At the same time, responsibility for organising the Festival was passed to a new group of Directors, and we bounced back in style with a full-scale live festival in August 2022. That festival brought hundreds of visitors to Saltburn, and provided entertainment for local residents too.

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Our team

We're a small and dedicated team 

Elinor Atwood

Artistic Director

Nigel Carden

Company Secretary

Lesley Piearcey

Festival Secretary

Sir Steve Bullock

Director and Patron

Paul Lucas

Festival Consultant

Ellen Mather

Design Director

Tim McElwaine

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