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The Folk Society has been the hub all things folk at Exeter University since it was founded in 1959. The folk tradition is inclusive and welcoming - and we're no different! Regardless of ability or experience, if you’ve got energy, you’re perfect! 

What we offer: 

Pub sessions – once a fortnight on a Tuesday (7pm-10pm), members meet up at a local pub (City Gate Pub is one of our favourites!) for a relaxed music session and sing-song.  

Rapper sword dance sessions – running every other Tuesday afternoon (4:30-6pm) in Cornwall House, when there isn’t a pub session. 

FolkSoc’s band & Ceilidhs – Folk Soc's ceilidh band, Pigasus, has managed to revive itself after a dip during covid, and that means it's ceilidh time! Check our events page to find out when our next ceilidh will be held.

New this year – We are planning to explore an even wider variety of Folk traditions, with plans such as: introductory sessions on local Devon folklore, teaching the basics of traditional crafts, wild foraging, seasonal celebrations and perhaps trips to see visiting folk bands, all in the works! So, keep checking back! 

And last but not least… 

IVFDF comes to Exeter in 2023!!! – IVFDF (the Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival) is an annual 3-day festival which is hosted by a different university’s Folk Society each year. In 2023, IVFDF returns to Exeter’s Folk Society from the 3rd-5th of February – and we couldn’t be more thrilled! If you’ve ever been curious about folk dance, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved! In a variety of venues along Exeter’s quayside, you’ll be able try everything from more common Ceilidhs to Playford and Contra, all called by professionals so you can easily learn the steps and get dancing! There will also be smaller workshops on a variety of different folk subjects to suit every interest – from folk singing to Morris dancing and even Indian social dancing – you’re sure to have a wonderful time! Our dedicated IVFDF 2023 website will be going live in October, so stay tuned! 

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