Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival 2024

Is being held at Campus West at the University of York.

Come and join us for the weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February 2024 for an amazing weekend of dancing and music.

What is IVFDF???

Imagine an amazing ceilidh - like the one you went to around Burns night - now make it 100 times better and make it last the whole weekend. The Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival is a full weekend of ceilidhs, contras (the American equivalent of a ceilidh), Bal (the continental version of a ceilidh), Scottish Country dance (a prettier ceilidh with a distinctive, Scottish way of combining the figures) and Playford (ceilidh à la Jane Austin). Then add in a mix of workshops from Appalachian to Zesty Playford, from Balloon Modelling to Clog, and you've got one wonderful weekend.

IVFDF stands for 'Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival' it is an exciting and dynamic festival held at a different university each year. IVFDF has been running since 1951 and is the country's longest continually running folk festival. The tour so far spans over 20 locations as far apart as Exeter in the south and Aberdeen in the north. You don't have to be a student to go, just vaguely young or energetic. The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone and caters for a wide range of ages and interests with numerous ceilidhs and workshops covering a wide range of dance styles - Scottish Country, Highland, Morris, Rapper Sword, Irish, and Playford are typical examples, with plenty of more exotic workshops varying from year to year.

See more information about the history of IVFDF on the main IVFDF website

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You may or may not have noticed our amazing photographer, Tilly Brichieri, who was roaming the festival taking photograph.

Head over the Gallery to see if you can spot yourselves. The photos are also up on our Facebook logoFacebook page if you want to tag yourself or anyone else.


Thank you and good night

… and that is IVFDF over for another year. As the committee head home to eat and sleep may we take the opportunity to thank everyone for coming, we hope everyone had an amazing time.

Thank you also to all the bands, workshop leaders, sound engineers, stewards, YUFund (for the grant), YUSU (for the main venues) and all the lovely IVFDF folk community who have helped us over the festival.

It has been lovely to bring the festival to York for the first time.

See everyone in Sheffield next year.


Extra Bal

Due to such wonderful ticket sales we’ve decided to add an additional evening dance for Saturday night! Therefore I can confirm the programme has been updated to include a new Bal with Emily Bowden & Simon Dumpleton from 8.30pm - 11pm in DBar. Thanks go to them both for stepping in last minute to bring you all more fabulous dancing! Emily and Simon



What could be more fun than going to IVFDF? Going to IVFDF and wearing the most recent IVFDF t-shirt!

T-shirts will be £15

T-shirts will have the York goose logo on the front, and names of bands and callers of the main events on the back.

If you would like to pre-order, you can pre-order yours before 5th February using this short Google form. Please note due to supply issues we have deliberately left size and colour options a little open-ended, feel free to add notes if you are unsure or have specific preferences.

T-shirt will also be on sale at the festival.

Zeus the Goose with a TShirt


Pre-dancing Special Show - Friday 7pm

To kick off the festival we are delighted to announce our pre-dancing special show, ‘The Walls Have Eyes (but so do we)’: a folk puppetry show.

The Walls Have Eyes Poster

Inspired by true stories of the Portuguese fascists dictatorship, ‘the walls have eyes’ is a family visual puppetry show about self expression, innocence, bravery and what it takes to create change. Set against a backdrop of surveillance and censorship, watch a young girl as she discovers the true scope of the dangers that surround her and finds freedom within community. Written and performed by Jo Feijó, accompanied by the live folk of Frankie Insley, this show is an empowering watch for the whole family, reminding us of the importance of caring for one another through hard times and how only true inter dependance can allow for meaningful transformation.

Run time: 30 mins Age recommendation: 8+

This will kick of the festival at 7pm in St Lawrence Church Community Hall, YO10 3WP.

This will be stewarded but not ticketed so you can go straight there before collecting your wristband from campus.


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